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  1. Quite a wide variety of things this week. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier posted a question concerning his lathe's faceplate. He was having difficulty removing the faceplate after use. Our turners offered several suggestions and modifications. Head on over to Ron's post and see if you can add anything to what was discussed. @Gerald added a really great tip to the Woodturner's Forum tip section. He gave us a link to an article using the bandsaw for cutting bowl bland. Lots of good information- @John Morris Asked for information on the "Ring Master" tool for making bowls. Several of our members gave him their opinions. Please check in on this post and help John out with his inquiry- You know, our turners are the absolute best bunch of folks! @HandyDan posted his thanks to @John Morris for gifting him a buffing system. Dan is our pen making expert and this system really helped him improve the finish of his bullet pens. What’s Coming Up- More information and registration for this September event can be obtained at- https://gawoodturner.org/symposium/ For The Newbies- We want to thank @Gene Howe for passing along this reminder. Safety is really important, not just for beginners, either. Expand Your Horizons- I run hot and cold on what type of finish to put on a turning. Sometimes the function of the turning dictates the type of finish. Other times it is up to individual tastes. I really like the "feel" of the wood when you touch the turning while others prefer a more "finished" feel. If you like the high gloss finish, here's a video from M. Saban-Smith on the steps he uses to get a glass-like finish- New Turning Items- We found a couple of new items. From Woodturners Wonders, a small bit holder for use when sharpening. More on this holder is at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/unique-tools/products/small-tool-bit-holder Second, it a new item from Ruth Niles. Ruth calls this one a "Tab Popper". This should be a hit with the ladies to protect their nails. Ruth has more information and images on her site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/niles-tab-popper/ Everything Else- The latest edition of Woodturning OnLine is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=062019 . I know many of you do club demonstrations. There is a nice article about remote demonstrations in this issue. You can check it out at- https://www.morewoodturningmagazine.com/articles.php?articlesid=127&access=bb51e4e9a315 Rick Turns has the May edition of the YouTube woodturning videos. Please add a comment to Rick's posting. A lot of work goes into cataloging this data- I made a trip up to the Woodcraft store and now have been playing with my new Easy Wood Tools mini hollowing set ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). I had a really dry, hard chunk of cherry. Used the straight hollower to make a bracelet. Shavings came off like it was green wood! Finished with mineral oil and beeswax. I had some maple, from a tree we had removed, setting behind the garden shed. When I cut into it, I discovered it had spalted. Couldn't let that go to waste although it is quite punky in places. Mounted a small chunk and went to work. I drilled a 1/2" hole down thru the center and then shaped the outside. I flooded the surface with CA to help stabilize the punky wood. Using the 0°, 45° and 90° tools to hollow out the center I made a wall thickness tool from an idea I stole from a Mike Peace video. He recommended spring steel wire but all I had was coat hanger wire. As you can see, I need more practice and a better thickness gauge. The bright light near the top is where I sanded thru the surface of the turning. It was extremely soft there. The lights near the bottom show thru REALLY thin walls! Side view from one angle, looks pretty symmetrical. Looking closely, you can see where I sanded thru at the neck. Turned 90° and now the asymmetrical neck can be seen on the right. The soft part sanded down quicker than the harder grain next to it. I just couldn't bring myself to pitching it. Made a jam chuck to finish the bottom- As fragile as the piece was, I needed to get it out of the chuck without banging on the sides. Air pressure to the rescue! When I make a wooden chuck (or glue block), I drill a small centering hole completely thru the wood. Turned out to be a good habit. And there you have it. Gonna play around, using the mini hollowing tools to create a small finial. Not sure about the finish, yet. Safe turning
  2. Wow! May is almost in the books! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier isn't waiting for December to turn ornaments! Here is his latest beauty- Ron really creates some stunning pieces from Spectraply. @Gerald started a post on a shop made texturing tool. These are really useful for embellishing the bottom of vessels and lids of turned boxes. Gerald's post contains a link to the "how-to" tutorial. This post also has some super information on photography lighting. Gerald also posted a topic on drying/stabilizing green wood- The post generated a great discussion and some questions. From Gerald's post, I pulled the website URL he referenced. There is a wealth of information contained at the "Magnolia Woodturners" site. Check out their "How To Do It"page- https://mwt.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=96005&module_id=341063 What’s Coming Up- Nick Agar will be the featured turner at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- Well you have decided on turning from green wood. It is a blast to watch those ribbons of wood peel away! Of course, now you realize there is one more "Turning" tool you need to add to your arsenal- a chainsaw! Mike Peace has a short little video for making a cradle to safely hold those logs and keep that chainsaw blade out of the dirt- Expand Your Horizons- Lyle Jamieson show us how created a natural edge hollow form. Notice the hollowing system he uses along with the laser indicator. Everything Else- Just for the enjoyment, something from Tim Yoder- Safe turning
  3. Well, relatives left today. No shop time for the past week between subbing and family obligations. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier asked our members for clarification on what are the different measurements when reading the lathe specification. He received some great input. If this has ever caused you to scratch your head, check out his post- @Gerald offered some great information he picked up from a guest speaker at their turning club meeting. Mark Sillay was their guest and provided insight into several areas of turning. Check out Gerald's post and pick up some really great tips- @HandyDan continues to turn out his custom bullet pens. He recently perfected his copper plating process and now has three different pens colors. Dan explains more in his post. @HandyDan also gave us a heads up on some stolen woodturning tools. Please read his post and keep an eye out for anything suspicious- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- If you are considering trying to turn a bowl but don't have a chuck, yet, don't despair. Mike Peace demonstrates how you can do this Expand Your Horizons- M. Saban-Smith posted a video on using a scorching process along with other embellishments to create a gorgeous ash vase. With the ash borer around, it isn't too hard to find ash to turn. New Turning Items- Craft Supplies USA has new ring materials available. Click on the above image for the link to these new products. Everything Else- Carl Jacobson has a pretty cool bowling theme going. Safe turning
  4. Finally a day without rain! Too bad I had to spend it indoors. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan created the most awesome miniature cremation urn for a friend. Dan certainly has a talent for making the most personalized gifts. Check out Dan's post to see why he made this particular item- @Steve Krumanaker made a couple of walking sticks, that we featured a couple Wednesdays ago. Steve produced 3 videos of the turning/construction processes. We posted the videos in the Turner's Forum but in case you missed them, here's a link- @Gerald was kind enough to give us all a heads up on an AAW resource. A lot of the Association of American Woodturners resources require a subscription/membership. This particular one is free to everyone with very few limitations. In last weeks, "Wednesday's..." @Gerald posted pictures of a "turning" tool he is repairing. If you turn a lot of projects from logs. This gem comes in really handy! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Turned pens are always a nice gift and they are not difficult to make, although they do require a few extra "accessories". Here's a 2 part video from Tim Yoder making a not-so-ordinary pen from a laser cut kit. The second part is linked from Tim's YouTube channel. Expand Your Horizons- Mike Peace shows us how to create a natural edge winged bowl. It sure came out beautifully. Watch you knuckles!!! New Turning Items- Our very generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ), has a new product! The EWT Wire Burning Kit!!! Here's a video from Carl Jacobson demonstrating it! So Cool!!! Everything Else- Rick Turns put up his list of April YouTube turning videos- Safe turning
  5. Past couple of days have been beautiful here in South Central PA. Too nice to even get into the shop. Fortunately, our turners have been busy. Our Patriot Turners- @Bob Hodge asked a question about a root ball he received. Please take a moment to check out Bob's post and see if you can offer any suggestions. @Gerald continues with his collection plate project. He showed us of his recent wood gathering expedition. Gerald also posed a question to our group about their ideas on using a reversing adapter to assist in truing up the bowl blank. If anyone can give him some ideas, I'm sure he will appreciate it. What’s Coming Up- The AAW Raleigh Woodturning Symposium is coming up soon! Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Cap't Eddie posted a nice little project that would be perfect for the seamstress in your life. The turning makes a nice transition project from spindle turning into small bowl turning. Expand Your Horizons- Mike peace has done a video on stabilizing wood. He takes us through the process and even some modifications of his vacuum chamber. Be sure to read the comments left by some of the viewers for additional useful information. New Turning Items- In the past, if you wanted to purchase the Yorkshire Grit/Hampshire Sheen products here in the states, there were very few sources. Spiracraft is now a distributor for these products. Brad McCalister, an Easy Wood Tools promoter, has his shop up and running! Check it out at- https://shop.spiracraft.com/product-category/wax-finishes-abrasive-pastes/ Everything Else- Living in the boonies, as I do, means a day trip to the nearest full-fledged woodworking store. A lot of purchases are made on line and often from Amazon. I use Amazon Smiles to support Home For Our Troops. I recently discovered that many of the more popular woodturners (YouTube turners) have their own Amazon "stores". If you make a purchase through their store portal, they receive a portion of the sale. If you use Amazon for your woodturning items, maybe consider helping them out. I'm sure there must be more but here's two- https://www.amazon.com/shop/thewoodshoptv https://www.amazon.com/shop/mikepeacewoodturning I posted this earlier as a separate item but in case you missed it, Easy Wood Tools are on sale from Craft Supplies USA. Check out the savings!! I'm sure @Jim from Easy Wood Tools will appreciate the business!!!!!!! http:// https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/t/131/Carbide-Insert-Turning-Tools?b=Easy-Wood-Tools&utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sale&utm_campaign=19-may-ewt The latest Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=052019 I found the first video interesting- Sometime back, I experimented with a similar idea- Alumilite and wood shavings. No pressure pot or vacuum chamber but it came out pretty cool. Safe turning
  6. First of May already. I am so ready for warm weather. Our Patriot Turners- Lots of cool activity this week by our turners! @Jim from Easy Wood Tools was so impressed with @HandyDan's inside out cross project that he created a PDF instruction set. Jim was kind enough to post it for all of us to use. Thanks Dan for the original post- The PDF can be downloaded from Jim's post, here- There was a discussion generated from last week's "Wednesday's..." post about the skew chisel by @Mijohnson1984. @Gerald was kind enough to search out and post a great video, by Allan Batty, on using the skew. @Steve Krumanaker posted his finished walking sticks. These are real beauties and should be a "me to" project for many of the folks in his turning club- Steve also shared with us a very personal account from his YouTube channel. You gotta love grandkids! What’s Coming Up- I received an update from the Mid Atlantic Woodturners group about their fall symposium. One of the demonstrators will be Trent Bosch. Many of our turners don't do FaceBook so I copied the notification- More information and registration can be found at- http://www.mawts.com/?fbclid=IwAR386ELIjYYu_lM9fE3q3lAIbXkCP4e5sYthfOIgIOMPohzougBu9qJFawg For The Newbies- Tim Yoder has uploaded a video of a cute little turning that can be created with basic tools and turning skills. The turning would make a neat gift for the summer picnic table- Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson's turned vase video with inlay and epoxy finish demonstrates a neat way to add interesting detail to what might be an otherwise less than spectacular piece of wood. Carl also uses a finish that will really protect the piece. New Turning Items- Recently, one of the hybrid blank turners, who uses Easy Wood Tools, has started a new market place. Bradley McCalister's Spiracraft has a full line of Easy Wood Tools as well as a wide variety of materials for creating hybrid blanks. Check out his website at- https://spiracraft.com/ Everything Else- I'm finally getting the finish on the cherry bowl I mentioned last week. Finishing is my achilles heel- especially film finishes. Anyway, the inside is done and the outside will probably take a couple more goes of poly. I left all of the natural defects in the piece. This bowl will go the the lady who cuts my hair. The cherry log was her father's but he passed away before he had a chance to turn it. Safe turning.
  7. Moving along with the demo prep. Have two sticks completed and my demo routine pretty will figured out. I have to make one more stick to leave in component form and then probably a few components in different stages of completion in case of a severe catch or other catastrophe. I'd forgotten what a nice project this stick is. These two will eventually be gifted to a soon to be retired neighbor and his wife. Bruce is a good friend, and more importantly, a licensed electrician . He and I have helped each other back and forth for 30 years or more. It's always a good thing for him to owe me a favor! once a few more coats of oil are applied, the sticks get a 3/4" rubber cane tip on the bottom.
  8. Some interesting stuff happening this past week here with the Patriot turners! Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker turned a cowboy hat!!!!!!!!!!! He showed us some pictures and explained the process in his post. You gotta see this!!!!!!! @Mijohnson1984 showed us some really sweet mallet handles he turned. Lots of great comments were provided by our members. Read how he got the finish these- Matthew also asked for advice on storage of spalted wood. Several members provided him with their experiences and even a link to a video on the subject- @Artie asked a question concerning Easy Wood Tools. He is new to turning and inquired about where to purchase these them. Our members had lots of advice and information. As the discussion continued, it branched off to the area of safety equipment and this garnered even more comments from the group. What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to the registration/information page. Thanks to our friends at Easy Wood Tools for the heads up on this event. For The Newbies- Well, turning spindles can get old pretty fast (unless you try the Skew chisel and then it's always exciting). Here's a site that has lots of ideas for the new turner. Simple projects that make great gifts and will help develop your turning skills/experiences. http://www.stevefreemanonline.com/2017/01/wood-turning-projects-for-beginners/ Expand Your Horizons- I think @Steve Krumanaker has this one covered this week. Let's keep watching his post as he finishes up his cowboy hat! New Turning Items- Ruth Niles has introduced a new style bottle stopper. The "Cosmopolitan" series is available in both FDA grade stainless steel and brass. This product line has stoppers that fit both wine or whiskey bottles. Check out Ruth's site for these and all her great products- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Everything Else- A while back I mentioned reading about a procedure for preventing bowl blanks from warping/splitting/checking during the turning and drying process. Although it seems to fly in the face of common sense, part of the drying process in to soak the blank in a soap and water mixture. An acquaintance gave me two locust log pieces that had been recently harvested. Having had little success turning locust in the past, this seemed like an excellent opportunity to experiment. Within a day or two of picking up the logs, I converted them into round bowl blanks about 5" thick and a little over 10" in diameter. I coated the circumferences with TiteBond II. I got that idea from a Mike Peace video. It has been more successful in preventing cracks and splits that using latex paint. A couple of weeks went by before I had a chance to turn the blanks into bowls. In the meantime I scored a small dried cherry log section. So now I had two species to test. I turned the green locust blanks a couple of days apart. Turned each to the typical first turning dimensions with wall thickness of about 1/10 of the diameter. After turning, I put the rough blank in a solution of Dawn dishwashing liquid and water (1:6 ratio). The submerged blanks soaked for 3 days. At the end of the 3 days, I pulled the blanks and transferred them to paper bags of shavings where they stayed for 3 weeks. While I was waiting for the locust to hangout in the shavings, I started in on the cherry log. I turned it to a rough blank, put it in the solution for 3 days, pulled it and went straight back to the lathe. I was a little worried about the color change but very happy about the shape and absolutely no cracks. Mounting it on the lathe and starting the finish turning the true color of the cherry came back out- Completed the turning and sanded. Notice the shape. Virtually no warping! This piece is currently waiting a finish. Back to the locust. I pulled the first blank, from the shavings, on Saturday. I couldn't believe how much weight it had lost in only 21 days. Typically, 3 to 6 months are required to get to this point! The dark color, from the soak, had completely disappeared, too, and no warping!!! Bottom view of the recess for the chuck jaws. I stopped here but thought the walls could be a little thinner. This is about 1/4". Eventually the walls are turned to about 3/16". Bottom foot. Inside (with thinner walls). Here's where I messed up. When I turned the walls to the 1/4" thickness, I was called away and didn't get back to the lathe for a couple of days. During that time the bowl warped slightly so that during the final turning/sanding, the walls do not have a consistent thickness. I need to do the turning and sanding all at one then if there is any warping, it will not change the wall thicknesses. Beeswax and mineral oil finish. Safe turning
  9. The old dogwood tree, in the backyard, has its' blossoms almost open. I replanted that tree as a small "sapling" when I moved here over 50 years ago. Spring can't be too far away. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker has been turning more honey dippers and lids. He utilized his shop built laser and decorating "elf" to embellish the turnings. Steve received lots of comments and questions on his procedures- Steve also showed us a walking stick he is making, One of the additions to the stick he has used in the past is to mount a small compass in the handle. Unfortunately, he is having trouble finding a source for his original compasses. Check out Steve's post and maybe you can give him a source for this very specific piece of hardware- Steve's decorating of his honey dipper lids inspired @HandyDan to post his version of the "decorating elf". Just goes to prove there is more than one way to accomplish the same ends- Dan shows us how he made his tool in this post- @Ron AltierPosted a timely image of his Easter Eggs. Timely not only because of the holiday but also the method of decorating. See more of his Easter basket in his post- New member @Mijohnson1984 was offered a deal on a used lathe and asked our members their opinions on it. He received lots of feedback on it. Check out his post and see if you can add anything- Matt also showed us his first turned bowl- Lots of praise and comments for his work. Read more- What’s Coming Up- If you are in the Washington DC area, the Smithsonian Craft Show is coming up- Click on the above image for a link to the wood turning information. Captain Eddie is having a contest. He wants us to send pictures of "tops" that we turn. He is giving away some cool prizes. Here is his video explaining the contest- the contest information starts about 11 minutes- For The Newbies- One of the problems I had as a new turner (and truthfully still experience) is creating something that has pleasing proportions. If I had paid attention is school, I would probably have been aware of the "Golden Ratio" and how it can help create well proportioned designs. Well, ratio implies math- another of my weaknesses- so I probably would have avoided learning about it anyway. Fortunately, for those of use who are math challenged, there is an easy to make measuring device to eliminate any calculations. Mike Peace recently posted a video describing the construction of a Fibonacci gauge that can be used to help get turnings more pleasingly proportioned. Expand Your Horizons- Our very generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) shared a video from Heath Knuckles. Heath is a fantastic turner who does much of his work in acrylic/wood hybrids. His abilities and imagination are wondrous. Heath is a champion of the new Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters and for good reason. Watch and be amazed- New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders have several great deals available. Here's the link to their main site- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- Carl Jacobson just added a video of a shop made "off-set" turning jig. What I found interesting was that the jig could allow for the addition of counterbalances that would help reduce vibration for those of use with lighter weight/benchtop lathes. I'm not really thrilled with his mounting method. See what you think- Safe turning
  10. Starting with the bad news first- just 5 days left until your Income Taxes are due. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker turned a bunch of garden dibbles as practice for a demo he was preparing for the turning club to which he belongs. Lots of comments and some questions about the project. Steve also followed up on how the demonstration went. See Steve's entire post at- @Ron Altier created more ornament magic with the colored plywood. He certainly is the master of these items- Ron explains his turning at- @Gerald continues to refine the offering plates he has been commissioned to create. He added to his post showing us the color and additional aspects of the project- Check out the updates here- Gerald also posted a nifty tip about filling holes in a turning. It is in our Turning Tips section. If you have a tip to offer or readers, please be sure to post it! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- Looking for a project that will make a nice gift and help you explore several woodturning techniques? Mike Peace posted a "how-to" video for making a screwdriver. He shows us a couple of ways to get the hardware- If you are a little more advance, or just want to see some techniques that may be new to you, David Marks' video on bowl turning techniques may fill the bill- Expand Your Horizons- In the patriot Woodworking forum, there has been an ongoing thread about creating an "old barnwood" finish. Sandblasting was mentioned as a possible method. Well, Tim Yoder uses sandblasting as a way to embellish a turning- making it look very old and weathered. This is a 2 part video set. Part 2 is linked from Tim's channel- New Turning Items- Recently, Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) released their new negative rake cutters for all of their turning tools. Designed for the turners who work primarily with resins and acrylics; these cutters also work awesomely on hardwoods. If you haven't tried them, you owe it to yourself to check them out. Carl Jacobson recently posted a video showing these cutters in action- Sometimes you just need a light in places where your light doesn't fit or you need that third hand to hold the light. Cindy Drozda has just the thing. A miniature, magnetized LED lamp- Specifications and ordering information is available on Ms. Drozda's site- http://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Microlight.html Everything Else- Rick Turns has put up the YouTube list of March woodturning video. This is a tremendous amount of work for Rick. If you check these out, PLEASE leave a comment for Rick- The April issue of the Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available. Check out the first video on creating a "half twist" bowl. It's really neat! https://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php?edition=042019 I did finally get a chance to finish up a couple of turnings and to do a little more Easy Wood Tools practice. The elm hollow vessel finally finished. I think I kept the Starbond company in business with the amount of CA used to keep this thing together- I was gifted some wood from an acquaintance whose father passed away. One of the smaller pieces was "Sweet Gum". This was my first experience with this wood. It was easy to turn and sand. This particular piece was a little punky- A little more finial practice. Just turned, no sanding. Maple- you gotta love those EWT negative rake cutters- Safe turning
  11. Another lovely day here south central Pennsylvania. Maybe spring is on the way! Our Patriot Turners- Member @Bob Hodge asked us how we store our sanding supplies. Several members offered some suggestions. Please check out Bob's post and let him know what you do- Bob also asked for input on a lathe purchase. Specifically, our thoughts on belt driven vs. electronic speed controls. There were several opinions offered on what to look for and why. In the thread, @Artie expanded the question to include some advice on turning tools. The consensus seemed to be that Artie consider Easy Wood Tools because of their easy to learn/use and no sharpening required. Please head over to the post and see if you can add additional information- @Gerald added more information to his post on the Offering Plates he is prototyping. @Ron Altier did repair on one of his beautiful ornaments. Judging from the picture, you would never have known it was damaged! Ron explains what he did in this post- Our own @Steve Krumanaker is becoming quite the YouTube star! Here is a video he recently posted showing us a shop made "slip drive". Please leave your comments on his YouTube channel! It takes a tremendous amount of work to produce a video like this. Show Steve you appreciate what he has done- What’s Coming Up- The Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium will be coming up later this year. lick on the above image for the link to the symposium's site and registration information. For The Newbies- A couple of weeks ago we posted a link to the most recent issue of the Woodworker's Journal Turning Magazine. One of the videos, by Ernie Conover, was how to drill holes on the lathe. For those who missed it, here is the video. Lots of great tips and techniques- Here is a continuation of sharpening techniques, by Carl Jacobson. This video explains the use of additional jigs. Remember- EASY WOOD TOOLS never need sharpening (Big Grin)!!! Expand Your Horizons- I turn a bowl or vase and am pleased with the results. Maybe it is a little neanderthal, but I'm learning. Tim Yoder shares the work of Ron Fleming- abilities I can only dream of- New Turning Items- Lyle Jamieson is offering a new "Jumbo Bar" for his hollowing system. Here is the link to Mr. Jamieson's site and the system information- https://lylejamieson.com/shop/ Everything Else- Well, the rough turned locust bowl blank came out of the water/soap solution, after 3 days. No cracks, no warping. It is now resting is a paper bag/shaving environment. I turned a second blank (10" diameter, 4" tall and about 1" thick) soaked 3 days and it is also in a bag full of shavings. In about 3 weeks we will see if the experiment is a success. Safe turning
  12. Just a reminder, Friday March 29th is Vietnam Veterans Day Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald is turning one of his beautifully colored bowls for a present. He received lots of positive comments on the project. Check out his post on the turning- @RustyFN was also in the bowl turning mode! He showed us his latest beauty- a large maple bowl Lots of positive feedback on this one, too! Head on over to Rusty's post and let him know how much you appreciate his work- Member @Big B posted images of a hollow form he recently turned. The wood is Camphor. There are more images of this spectacular piece in the gallery. Please check it out and leave your comments for Brian. In last weeks "Wednesday's Wisdom..." @Woodbutcherbynight showed us a new gobblet he is working on- Check out what he said about this turning- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to the show's website and registration information. For The Newbies- As much as we'd like to believe that everyone of our turners use Easy Wood Carbide Tools, we know that most new turners start with a second hand set of traditional turning tools. Even us Easy Wood Tools users have a few HSS tools around! Traditional tools require sharpening (one of the disadvantages- hint, hint ). Carl Jacobson posted a nice video on sharpening, including some jigs and tips. Notice the CBN wheel on Carl's grinder. The folks at Woodturners Wonders have some excellent prices on these wheels- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Expand Your Horizons- @Gerald gave us a heads-up on an awesome turning site. There is something there for everyone- tips, techniques, projects, tool making, jig making and more!!! Bookmark this site for future reference!! http://aroundthewoods.com/ New Turning Items- Ruth Niles has a Meat Tenderizers set. They are made of FDA food grade 304 18-8 stainless steel and are made in America. More information about this set is at Ruth's site- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/tenderizer-set/ Everything Else- To paraphrase "The Carpenters"- 'Rainy days and mondays always gets me to the basement shop' or something like that. I received a few big pieces of freshly cut locust. In the past, I've tried to make a large bowl from this species but it always cracked during drying. This time I'm going to try the water/dishwashing soap method. Started with this- Rough turned it to a 1" thick bowl and put it in the solution Monday afternoon. According to everything I read, I should be able to pull it out on Thursday and then move it to a paper bag full of shavings. Then wait 3 weeks to do the finish turning. The folks who gave me the locust wouldn't take any money for the wood so while I had the lathe fires up, I turned a wine bottle stopper as a gift. Safe turning hkjj
  13. First day of spring!!!!!!!!! Let's hope Mother Nature cooperates with the calendar! Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan has upped his game with the pens he makes. Dan shows us how he changes the finish on the pen parts- He explains the process using a video he found on YouTube- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for a link to the show's web site. If you are anywhere near Lexington, KY this coming weekend, here's something you don't want to miss! A super chance to pick up some of those great Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )!!! For The Newbies- If you are lucky someone will offer free wood from a felled tree. "Green" wood is really fun to turn. Shaving peel off in long ribbons and the natural beauty of the wood comes through. Most of us can't just drop everything and immediately turn the piece. Setting it aside for later is not a good idea. The problem with green wood is that as it dries it will crack, often to the point of being unusable. Prepping the piece is essential for getting the most from the wood. Carl Jacobson posted a video illustrating the proper techniques to saving your green logs for later use. Carl mentions using water and dishwashing liquid detergent for preserving the wood as well. I recently read about this article in the Woodworker's Journal explaining about drying your turnings. It includes the water/detergent method along with a few others. http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/options-for-drying-green-bowl-blanks/ Expand Your Horizons- Natural edge bowls always attract attention. They combine the beauty of nature along with the artistic lines of the turner. Recently Carl Jacobson posted a video of a natural edge "box". Carl's was made from a maple burl but any beautiful wood could be used- I'm thinking Manzanita Root! New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have put together a really nice sanding package. If you use compressed air sanding units this might be for you- Check out the details at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials/products/super-simple-sanding-bundle Everything Else- ...and sometimes the dragon wins... Safe turning
  14. Woodturners Wonders is having free shipping this weekend on orders over $50-
  15. Had the opportunity to sub in a vocational area I usually don't get to see. Worked in the HVAC classroom. Really nice bunch of kids. Well mannered and respectful. Says a lot about their regular instructor- who is a graduate from that same shop a few years back. Our Patriot Turners- Our own @Steve Krumanaker is turning into quite the Cecil B Demille. Steve posted two great videos this past week. One showing Bedan work and the other showing us how to used the Bedan in making a "honey dipper". Awesome work Steve and Thanks!! @Gerald gave us some insight on finding the center of a turning and why the center might not be the center! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to the show web site and registration information For The Newbies- Over the past several weeks we have been mentioning cutting threads in a turning. The examples we listed all used special tools and techniques to accomplish the task. Capt. Eddie posted a video showing another way to have a threaded project. As always, Capt. Eddie packs a lot of great information into his videos- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder added a two part video on turning a ball (sphere). Tim says he cheated a little by using a jig from Carter- The second part of the video is linked from Tim's YouTube Channel. If you would like to turn spheres but would rather make your own jigs, here is a link to Mr. David Reed Smith's "Shadow Sphere Jig"- http://www.davidreedsmith.com/articles/shadowspherejig/shadowspherejig.htm I used this jig to turn some globe Christmas tree ornaments for the Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree. New Turning Items- New cutters from our most generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). These new negative rake cutters will make detailing even easier! Check them out at- http://www.easywoodtools.com/buy-here/ Safe turning
  16. It's been a busy week for our turners here at the Patriot Woodworker! Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan posted a fantastic tutorial on making an inside-out cross ornament- Read Dan's instructions and our turners' comments here- @Ron Altier has been cranking out ornaments all week! His first set uses colored plywood- Ron talks about these- And he also created these- @HandyDan was't just making ornaments this week. He has been creating more "bullet" pens from a couple of different caliber cartridges Dan explains what he did to get these beauties finished. @RustyFN turned a beautiful little lidded pot from a gorgeous selection of woods. Rusty said he had a little trouble with the overall finish. Check his post and see what our turners had to say- Rusty wasn't our only turner making small vessels. @Gerald used a couple of different species of spalted wood to come up with this awesome piece- Gerald explains more in his post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a video covering many of his turning tips. Although a little longer than what he usually does, it is well worth the watch- Expand Your Horizons- Sometime the wood selected for a turning will speak for itself. Grain, color, defects can all help create that special piece. If the wood doesn't speak, or the turning needs to be more personalized, Carl Jacobson shows us how to add a photograph to the surface. New Turning Items- Faceplate system for OneWay type live centers. These pieces can be used to create custom jam chucks. For more information and pricing, follow this link- http://www.bestwoodtools.com/ Everything Else- The latest Woodturning OnLine arrived today. It has a nice preview of the latest Glenn Lucas DVD and shows him working on an Irish platter. The newsletter can be read at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/. Rick Turns posted his latest (February) list of YouTube woodturning videos- Safe turning
  17. Just think, in less than 2 weeks, we will enter Daylight Saving Time- for those who live in states that utilize this archaic standard. This sees to sum it up- Our Patriot Turners- Member @Thad posted a new project of some handles he was turning. Thad also asked our turners about making ferrules. The handles turned out fantastic! Check out the post here- @Ron Altier Started a discussion concerning using gloves while turning and if that practice was safe. Lots of thoughts and discussion followed- Ron also posted a question about "pressure turning". Our turners offered their opinions and some ideas. New member @doublej posted the most awesome mobile turner's tool station. Everything in one convenient place. Check out all the pix in his post and try not to slobber all over the tools in his shop- @HandyDan created some center pins for his live tailstock center. While doing some research he came across interesting information on Morse Tapers. Check out Dan's post for all the details- @Gerald continues to work on his Offering Plates> He continues his post about the design. Read more comments about this project- Gerald also posted some of the off-center turnings he made with his new off-center chuck. These certainly are gorgeous.- See more of what Gerald has done in his post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- I regularly receive emails from Cook Woods. Included in one was this link to an article from Woodturning. If you are considering turning pens from kits, there is some good information here. https://www.woodworkersinstitute.com/wood-turning/techniques/beginners-guides/20-steps-to-turning-better-pens/ Expand Your Horizons- @Stick486 gave us a heads up on this Turning Club's site. Check out the gallery page. There are some absolutely beautiful pieces- https://www.gvwg.ca/ Recently we have seen River Tables being built. Patriot member @Gene Howe created a beautiful table a while back. Our friends from Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) recommended a video on making a "River Mallet". Check out the use of those fantastic Easy Wood Tools and chuck! New Turning Items- The folks at Wood Turners Wonders are offering a line of CA glues and epoxy from Stick Fast. I have not tried them. Looks like they have quite a few options. https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/adhesives Everything Else- Last week, @Gerald asked how I cut the threads for the cones I made. Being the parsimonious (for @Gene Howe ) person I am, I decided to make the tap to cut the threads. I don't remember where I read about this idea but it works- Dremel tool and disk. The bolt matches the threads of the center. Grind flutes, I made 4 flutes Drill the hole- In this case, I didn't have the correct sized bit to get the best bite on the threads but it was pretty close- Slowly thread the "tap" into the hole backing off to break the chips. Tapped hole. The correct bit size for 3/4 x 10 threads 21/32" but the closest I have was a 3/4 forstner bit. The threads don't have quite as much "meat" to them but it works OK. I've also made wooden chucks for the headstock in the same manner. My lathe has a 1" x 8 spindle and I was lucky enough to find a used tap and had the correct bit size. You can see the threads look "deeper" While I was playing, I finally set up a way to keep some of the chuck jaws and tools handy. A Harbor Freight magnet bar! Go HF!! Safe turning
  18. Finished up shoveling 3 driveways and helped with a 4th. 10" of snow from 6am until 1:30pm. Read where there was "thunder snow" just west of here. Great winter to have the snowblower die Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan was kind enough to produce a fabulous tutorial on how he make his beautiful bullet pens. Lots of pictures and very detailed step by step instructions! Please check this one out and leave some feedback for Dan and all his hard work! @Ron Altier posted a question about drilling holes lengthwise through long pieces. Several of our members offered suggestions and ideas on various procedures. Maybe you have an idea that would help Ron. Check out his post- Ron also posted a beautiful new ornament he finished- Ron posted more about the piece here- @hawkeye10 asked our turners a question about dried wood for turning. He is considering the purchase of a bowl blank and was inquiring about how long it would take to dry. Our members provided lots of information and suggestions. The blank looked like- Check out his post- The woodturning club, which @Gerald is a member, hosted turner Jimmy Clewes. According to Gerald, it was well worth the wait! New Patriot member @doublej posted some of his woodworking projects. Not only is Joe an accomplished woodworker, he is also a very talented turner. He posted a picture of a bowl he turned- Checkout his complete post here- Woodturners and woodworkers seem to share one common characteristic. We are our own worst critics. Member @Steve Krumanaker recently posted a video where he critiques a beautiful natural edge, walnut bowl. Steve points out "flaws" that no one else would probably see. What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. Looking down the road- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Carl Jacobson posted a video about making a pepper grinder. What is nice about this particular grinder kit is that it doesn't require complex drilling operations. Carl demonstrates lots of lathe techniques that can be used on many other turned projects. Expand Your Horizons- In a previous "Wednesday's..." we posted a Capt. Eddie video on cutting/chasing wooden threads. Recently turner Sam Angelo posted a video which included a demonstration of wooden threads. The video is set to begin at the threading operation but you can certainly watch and enjoy the entire project New Turning Items- Our friends from Woodturners Wonders have a new respirator at a very reasonable price. More information and pricing is available at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/sundstrom-pro-pack-sr100-respirator-kit Everything Else- I haven't any turning time available but I did make a couple of cones to use with my new Easy Wood Tools live center. Somewhere along the way, I picked up a piece of what I think is cherry. It least that's what is smells like when it is cut. It is quite dense. Anyway, that's what these are made from- Safe turning
  19. It might be a little late to call the florist and order flowers- tomorrow is Valentine's Day! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier Showed us another gorgeous ornament- CHeck out his description in his post. Also notice his cool spray booth! @HandyDan and @DAB have been collaborating on bullet pens. These pens are spectacular and reasonably priced! See more about how they came out- @hawkeye10 asked our turners for input on Longworth and Cole jaw chucks. The thread ended up including input on vacuum chucks, as well. Our own @Steve Krumanaker posted a video showing us that turned wooden bowls can, in fact, be run through the dishwasher with no ill effects. Thanks Steve for the well documented instructions- @FlGatorwood reminded us of a new, monthly turning newsletter. Some of our members have signed up and looking forward to the new publication. Thanks, Steve! What’s Coming Up- Look for our friends from Easy Wood Tools! Click on the above image to link to more information. For The Newbies- Seems like the YouTube turner's have all been discussing various aspects of the scroll chuck. This one from Capt. Eddie has some good information as well- @hawkeye10 posted a link to a video geared towards turning your first bowl. Lots of good stuff in the video. The author even provided a "timeline table of contents" to help the viewer locate specific details of the turning operations. Although a little long, it's worth a look. One thing that caught my eye, that I do differently, is to use a spindle washer when mounting a chuck or faceplate. The torque, when turning a bowl, can really jam these onto the headstock threads. Expand Your Horizons- I've seen several ways to add "threads" to a vessel to allow a lid to be screwed into place. Capt. Eddie has a 2 part video showing how to cut/chase threads directly into the wood. Although the process requires special tools, those tools will work on most vessels. Part 2 is linked from Capt. Eddies YouTube page. New Turning Items- If you are considering doing variable pitch spiral flutes, here's a new piece of equipment that might work for you- https://flutemasters.com/variable-pitch-tool-by-flute-master/ Everything Else- The new Woodturning OnLine newsletter came. Read the entire issue at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ Rick Turns uploaded his list of woodturning videos for January- Safe turning
  20. Busy week with substituting and Mom errands so not really much shop time. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan posted some fantastic pens he created from shell casings and inexpensive click pens. These are real beauties! Dan received lots of great comments on this one! Dan also showed us another inside-out vase he made along with a description of how he overcame a problem. @Ron Altier asked for our advice on a turning that has him stumped. Please head over to his post and see if you can give him some ideas- What’s Coming Up- The Woodworking Shows will be in Collinsville, IL this weekend February 8 thru 10. Our friends from Easy Wood Tools will be there! Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has been posting videos on various aspects of the scroll chuck. In this recent video he examines different methods of Reverse Chucking a bowl. He includes several shop made devices. The reverse chuck allows the turner to finish the outside bottom of a bowl. Expand Your Horizons- @Gene Howe sent me a link to this video on turning a "square" bowl. The author of the video spends some time at the start showing how to make wooden faceplates. These make excellent glue/waste blocks. Another method- with less work- is to get a tap that matches the headstock threads and cut threads directly into the wooden block. New Turning Items- I think I had mentioned this in the past but didn't really have any hands on experience with it. I spent my Christmas cash and this came today! I really like the versatility of this center. First, there is the ability to adjust the length of the center "point". It can be buried in the center and used as a cup center or adjusted to any length up to about 1". The longer, small diameter point lets the tools get closer to the center of the turning. The point is secured with a standard Allen wrench (included). Next is the threaded section for the addition of accessories like cones or larger point- both available from ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) The threads are 3/4 x 10 standard threads so a tap would be easy to get to create your own accessories. I made my own tap, for wooden accessories, from a bolt and Dremel tool. Of course, as with all Easy Wood Tool products it is made in the good ol' U. S. of A. Everything Else- Tim Yoder has a 2 part video on turning a handy kitchen item- a paper towel holder. Tim's videos are always enjoyable and great learning tools. Part 2 is linked from Tim's YouTube Channel- Safe turning
  21. Sitting here looking at the thermometer. Not too bad +6° F. Not sure what the wind chill is currently but the Dog and the Mrs. are curled up on the couch under a couple of blankets. The mail was stopped today and local schools are closed tomorrow. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan made a really nice modification to his lathe. His idea was to modify the spindle stop to make it more accessible- Dan explains why and how he did this in his post- @Gerald is working on a pecan bowl. His post shows us how he is adding color to the wood- Gerald has more information about the colors he used and more pictures in his post- Gerald also mentioned that he had been to the Tennessee Association of Woodturners symposium. @Ron Altier showed us a new seam ripper he made for his wife- Ron describes what he did here- @IrishWoodCarver has turned a couple of beautiful segmented bowls. He tells us where he gets his bowl blanks in his post- @FlGatorwood gave us a heads up on a good price for SlimLine Pen kits from Rockler. Thanks for the information! Our own @Steve Krumanaker posted a 2 part video on YouTube showing us how he made the "Knitting Nancy" snowmen. Very interesting process! The link for part 2 can be found at Steve's YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC48jUuQ_rLe85ulKP8gCsmA What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- For the past couple of Wednesdays we have mentioned inertia sanders. Mike Peace recently reviewed one from Woodturners Wonders. Mike also continued his discussion on scroll chucks and the various jaws that are available- One other tidbit of information from Mike Peace. He has authored an article in the latest edition the the AAW magazine. His article is about wet sanding. It's a great primer for his YouTube videos on the subject. Expand Your Horizons- Not every turning has to have a high gloss, ultra sanded smooth as a baby's butt finish. Carl Jacobson shows us an example- New Turning Items- Although not a new product, faceplate rings, can be very useful for saving time in not having to remove your chuck, mount the faceplate and then reversing the process later. These might just be something to add to your turning arsenal. Everything Else- For your enjoyment, Tim Yoder turns a reed diffuser. Not only lovely but smells good too! I had a little time in at the lathe this week and finished up the hollow vessel I was turning. I really had to scratch my head to come up with a reverse chucking method to finish off the bottom. The diameter of the vessel was too small for any of my previously made jigs. I made some add on jaws for the Easy Chuck "Big Easy Jaws". In the process, I almost pulled a major dumba$$ blunder. I had the wooden pieces mounted on the jaws in preparation for scooping out the area that would clamp around the vessel. Just before I snapped the first on in place, I realized that I hadn't made an access hole to allow the EWT tool to release the the jaws. I could have just unscrewed all of the bolts but having the access hole is a lot easier. Tape to protect the finish. Tail stock to secure the piece. The finished piece. The finial is made from an old ebony piano key and an ebonized piece of maple. Wipe on poly finish on everything. Turned completely with Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) Safe turning
  22. Another week has come and gone but our Patriot turners haven't wasted any time in their shop! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier Posted a video of an acrylic bowl that used shavings as a filler within the resin. The author makes a really pretty bowl. Watch the video from Ron's post- You may recall that @HandyDan made beautiful "Inside-out" ornaments. Dan took the time to document the process in a well thought out tutorial for us to follow. Many thanks, Dan! His entire tutorial is in his post- @Steve Krumanaker is scheduled to give a demo to the turning club in which he is a member. He decided he would show them how to make "Knitting Nancy". Steve posted his practice pieces and a video on how the devices worked. @Gerald is getting really good at the off-center chuck Santa brought him. He has added more picture to his last post showing what he has accomplished- Member @hawkeye10 posted a really great question about turning tool sizes. His question solicited more responses than just about any post we have had in quite a while! @Gerald continues to refine the offering plates he is designing. He shows us his latest idea in his post What’s Coming Up- Click on the above images for more details! For The Newbies- We have been looking at chucks lately and Mike Peace has been posting videos for the various manufacturers. In this video he reviews the Record Power SC3 chuck. Mike also received permission to reprint and post an article, from AAW, written by Richard Raffan. The article covers the various chuck jaws and their uses. Here is the link to Mike's article- https://drive.google.com/file/d/10L0tONhDk7tVscrrgXVbQLaZAoWEoGPx/view Expand Your Horizons- Many turners eventually get around to making pens. Several of our Patriot turners have posted their beautiful creations. One of the points of discussion about pen making is the finish. Captain Eddie Castelin has a pretty much foolproof method of applying a CA finish. Some folks like the CA finish, others don't but Capt. Eddie shows us how simple it is to apply. New Turning Items- The other week we mentioned the Inertia Sander. Woodturners Wonders has a really nice one that includes 2" and 3" sanding pads. All the details are at their site- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/the-turner-turbo-wonder-inertia-sander Everything Else- @HandyDan sent me a link to a video of turning magic. You just have to watch this and marvel at the technique and skill- Our friends at Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) posted a video of an episode from "Meet The Makers". We have seen this lady here before- Tracey Malady- She is a talented turner. To view the video, please click on this link-https://youtu.be/dyAR3iwG9-U I've been playing with a little hollow vessel turning. I'm pretty happy with the wall thickness- although it's difficult to really see in this picture- The red and white spots are light passing through the wood and a wormhole After I looked at the above 2 pictures, I didn't like the proportions of the bottom and the thickness (diameter ) on the concave section between the foot and the vase. I reduced the diameter of both and it looks a little less clunky. Now I am trying to decide if I part it as is (after sanding), make a small "lid" or add a lid with a finial. I'm also toying with the idea of removing the "foot" and recreating one with a different species but that might be too busy. Sometimes simple is better. I'm open for suggestions/opinions. Safe turning.
  23. Hope everyone is settling into the new year and you have had the chance to play with your new turning toys. Our Patriot Turners- Even though Christmas is over, @Ron Altier is still cranking out beautiful ornaments! Ron explained how he made this one in his post- @PostalTom gave us a heads up about a new online publication from the Woodworker's Journal. They have partnered with the American Association of Woodworkers for this new FREE publication! Click on the above image for more information and sign up for the publication! Last week I mentioned that I was working on some sanding improvements. @FlGatorwood added helpful comments about shop made inertia sanders. If you missed the ensuing conversation- "Capt. Eddie" has kits that include the magnetic ball bearing and a bronze sleeve available at his website. @Gerald posted a link he picked up from the AAW site. A lot of us have made spinning tops but these are extra special! Thanks, Gerald! I'm reposting it here- http://abctoupie.com/en/toupie-volante/ What’s Coming Up- If you are near Kansas City, MO this weekend, Check out the Easy Wood Tools demo with Brad McCalister! For The Newbies- A couple of information oriented videos- First, a short one about Scroll Chucks from Woodworker's Journal- Notice what a pain in the butt it is to change the jaws on the chuck in the video. Now if they had an Easy Wood Chuck ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ), the change can be made in seconds! And one from Mike Peace on tailstock maintenance- Expand Your Horizons- Drying bowl blanks can be a hit or miss proposition. Here is an article from Woodworker's Journal and Ernie Conover that offers several methods of bowl blank drying procedures. http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/options-for-drying-green-bowl-blanks/ In addition to the methods listed, I recently saw where Carl Jacobson was using rice to dry a blank. He indicated it took about 2 months between the rough turn and the finish turn. New Turning Items- A lot of turners use CA as a finish for there pens and other items. Here's a new CA type product that may be a little better. This "glue" doesn't harden until the activator is applied. http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/gluboost-adhesive-products/ Everything Else- A nice turning item that incorporates some extra skills. Mike Peace shows us how to turn a wooden pie server- Safe turning
  24. Cold and windy today, a great day to be at the lathe. Unfortunately computer repair calls kept that from happening! Our Patriot Turners- @DAB and @Woodbutcherbynight added some really nice additions to last week's "Wednesday's..." DAB posted a sweet cherry bowl- And Woodbutcherbynight is preparing a nice looking hand wheel for a project- @Steve Krumanaker is preparing for a demonstration he will be giving to the woodturning club to which he belongs. One of the turning items he will show is a "Knitting Nancy". Steve describes his preparation and topics in his post- @Gerald continues to keep us up-to-date with his new off-center lathe chuck. Gerald talks about which lathe tools seem to give the best results in his post- What’s Coming Up- Woodturners Wonders has posted their 2019 Symposium schedule- Click on the above image for the link to their site and products. For The Newbies- We recently posted a video about keeping the lathe Morse Tapers clean. Mike Peace added another video with more information concerning various accessories that can be used in conjunction with the Morse tapers Expand Your Horizons- I know that @Steve Krumanaker turns some bird houses and even creates tiny birds to occupy them. Recently Mr. David Reed Smith made available a tutorial for making his version- Mr. Smith's approach to any project is always unique. You can read the tutorial at- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/Birds/Birds.html New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has a new, small, air powered sander- Check out the details at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/pro-mini-variable-speed-random-orbital-sander Everything Else- Rick Turns has the December YouTube woodturning videos summarized- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived this past week. One of the articles had a simple little lathe project- The tutorial is here- http://www.stevefreemanonline.com/2017/01/tooth-pick-holder-shape-mushroom-wood-turning-projects-beginners/ The entire newsletter is at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ I finished up a late Christmas present. It was the bowl I had been using as a test for the Wonder Weave sanding screens. It is finished with beeswax and mineral oil combination. I found that I need to make/buy better sanding devices for the inside of bowls. I have a 3" pad- but it doesn't do well on the inside of the bowls at the bottom corners. I've made some sanding balls (from Mr. David Reed Smith's tutorials) that use sandpaper but was thinking of something that I could test the Wonder Weave products. Need to think on it. Safe turning
  25. A brand new year! Now I have to remember to use 2019 when I write a check. Make sure you check the Raffle results to see if you were one of the winners!!! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald posted an update on his new off-center chuck- @DAB solved a problem we have all seen with those "leaky" salt and pepper grinders- He also included a how to in his post- @smitty10101 posted a question concerning how to safely turn a serving platter. His request spawned a great discussion that included some alternative procedures- @Woodbutcherbynight also asked a question about creating an adjustment wheel. Again, our turners came through with a lot of great ideas and suggestions. Check out his post and see if you can add to the discussion- What’s Coming Up- https://schoolofwoodwork.com/events/introduction-to-wood-turning-with-rudy-lopez/ For The Newbies- Mike Peace posted a video that covers an often overlooked part of lathe maintenance- keeping the Morris Tapers clean. Mike shows various bought and shop made "tools" for this process- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder has a new 2 part video on creating all wood, captive ring goblets. Tim's approach is always entertaining and informative. Check out the Easy Wood Hollower and the Easy Wood Chuck ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) as Tim creates this gorgeous piece. Part 2 of the video is linked from Tim's YouTube page. New Turning Items- About a month ago, I purchased a variety of Wonder Weave from Woodturners Wonders. I wanted to compare these sanding sheets to the Abranet sheets I had been using. The sheets I purchased ranged from 60 grit to 400 grit. I also purchased a sample pack of 3" discs. I have had an opportunity to use these products and I am very pleased with the results. First, as you can see from the above images, these items have different colors for each grit and the backs are in light colored velcro. Both of these characteristic makes identification quick and easy. The Abranet products are almost all the same color and the backs are very dark making the printed grit identifiers very hard to read. Another thing I like about these products is that they are a little more flexible than the Abranet- especially the courser grits. This allows easier sanding of finer details on a turning. I think the flexibility comes from a different construction technique. The Abranet substrate looks similar to expanded metal screen then the abrasive is attached to the substrate- However the Wonder Weave substrate is more like long filaments with the abrasive attached- The Wonder Weave, like Abranet, doesn't load up like sandpaper and is easily cleaned with just a few taps to shake loose the dust. The Wonder Weave lasts as long, or longer, as the Abranet with the sanding I have done. I was buying Abranet from a sanding supplier near here. Their price is $8 - $9 for 10 sheets. The Wonder Weave is $4 for 8 sheets from Woodturners Wonders- a nice savings! Here's the bowl I've been using as a testing vehicle. The outside sanded to 600 grit. Each sanding consisted of sheet sanding with a grit then the same grit of sanding disc using an inertia sander. For the last pass, I went from 400 grit sheet/disc to 600 grit disc. The inside of the bowl has only been sanded with 60 grit at this point. I will be buying all my lathe sanding supplies from Woodturners Wonders from here on. Give them a try and check out their other products- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- If you haven't noticed, @John Morris has added a link to in the Woodturner's Forum that directs you to our forum's archives- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/forum/5-wood-turning-archives/. A trip down memory lane! Carl Jacobson has tried yet another way to dry partially turned bowl blanks and he is having good success with it. Check out this video- it seems faster than shavings in a bag. Safe turning
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