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  1. The 2018 Raffle is on!!! Please head over to this post and see the prizes from our generous sponsors- Good Luck!! On another note, you may have noticed many of our forums now contain a sub-forum for tips. For the Turners forum, you can find it here- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/forum/65-wood-turning-tips/ As with any of your posts in any forum or sub-forum, please remember to use "Tags" to help others doing searches for similar content. Our Patriot Turners- Last week, we featured a beautiful platter from @Gerald. Gerald was kind enough to show us the steps he used to create the different colors- Please add your comments to his post at- You may remember that @Steve Krumanaker turned a maple bowl and then use pyrography to create a "rock" finish. Steve also came up with a beautiful display stand that permits viewing from any angle- You can read about how Steve made this in his post- @DAB is considering turning some pens and pencils. He posted an inquiry about what he should think about for equipment and supplies. Pleas check out the post and offer your suggestions- As it turns out, Woodcraft is offering some tremendous close-out deals on a bunch ot their pen/pencil kits. Thanks to @Gerald for the heads up on this one- Woodcraft Pen Clearance @Ron Altier was having trouble with his lathe. His On/Off switch failed. Ron's ingenuity for the repair should be a lesson to us all! What’s Coming Up- Just a reminder, the Mid-Atlantic Woodturners symposium will be held in Lancaster, PA, September 28-30. From The Internet- Tim Yoder posted a neat project for the gardener in your life. We mentioned "Garden Dibbles" in the past but Tim put his own spin on this one- Everything Else- Our administrator, @John Morris has revived several old turning posts from the archives. I think you'll enjoy the trip down memory lane- Had an afternoon to play this past week. Turned some maple finials using my Easy Wood Tools Mid-Sized Micro Detailer. Was going to see what they looked like "ebonized" with India ink but my old bottle had dried up. I hope @Jim from Easy Wood Tools passes along how much I like the new micro (sharp) tip. The taller one is about 3" and the shortes is about 2". Turned completely with Easy Wood Tools. Safe turning
  2. "It was another "Mom" day for me. Errands, appointments and making sure she ate a good supper. Our Patriot Turners- @PostalTom Is having a problem this the brass pen tubes coming out when he is squaring the blank ends. Check out his post and if you have any suggestions, please help him out! @Ron Altier created a beautiful new ornament from scraps. His glue-up was sure to reveal a beauty of a turning- Ron started my showing us what he had to work with- And as usual, we were not disappointed with his creativity- Ron didn't stop here! He also made this gorgeous piece- Ron's description is in this post- Last week @Gerald told us about a platter he was turning. He added the finish and the results are fantastic- Gerald added more to his original post about his finishing technique- @Billy B posted the most awesome Navajo Wedding Basket. I cannot imagine the patience it must take to create such a magnificent work of art- Please head over to Billy's post and share your kudos with him- @oldwoodie posted a nice tip for sealing up that free wood for which we are always searching. His procedure is at- What’s Coming Up- The Virginia Woodturners are hosting their symposium at Fishersville, VA on November 3 & 4. Here's a link to their site and registration information- http://www.virginiawoodturners.com/index.htm From The Internet- The American Association of Woodturners recently held their symposium in Oregon. Pretty long trip for many of us. Thanks to Woodcraft and Woodcraftmarketing, we can get a good look at some of the magnificent turnings that were on display- Everything Else- By now you probably have noticed the new "Home Page" for the Patriot site. @John Morris has been working hard to keep our site modern and fresh. As you watch the various forum images scroll across the top of the page, you can click on them to go to that forum. You and also click on the "Forums" link at the top center of the home page to go to the general forums page. Safe turning
  3. Happy Birthday America!!! Thunderstorms slowly moving thru our area right now. The annual fireworks display may be postponed. @Gerald posted a nice looking platter he is currently making- He has had several questions and comment about the process and the wood grain. @HandyDan added a nice image of one of his turnings to help explain what is meant by "feathering"- @Smallpatch finished up the teapots he has been creating- Final comments are in his post- @Steve Krumanaker is perfecting his ability to add decorations to his turnings. He is learning "Chip Carving". Looks to me as if he has got the process pretty well mastered- His post shows his progress- I thought of Steve when I happened across a site that creates custom rolling pins. Steve has a neat shop built laser engraver. The folks at http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/06/new-laser-engraved-rolling-pins-by-valek-imprint-elaborate-designs-on-baked-goods/ make some neat designs on rolling pins- These could make some really fancy cookies! Mike Peace has a 2 part video for making brush lids for finishing jars. Part 2 is linked from his YouTube page- This reminded me of @Steve Krumanaker's honey jars. The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this week. Their featured project is one by Carl Jacobson. His video shows a Yin Yang turned platter. The "New and Hot" sections, of the newsletter, has some interesting items as well. The entire newsletter is at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Woodworker's Journal posted a YouTube video by Ernie Conover on turning small hollow vessels. Nice explanations and demonstration- I had the chance to play a little, this week. Started a little turning blank for the August demo. I forget where I read about this trick, maybe Mike Peace or Rick Turns, about using TiteBond glue as a sealer. I sealed up the turning blanks after I cut them from the logs and none have cracked. I sealed this rough blank turning the same way hoping it will be fine until I need it. Safe turning
  4. The much advertised heat wave is supposed to roll into our area tomorrow. Seems like every network news broadcast has to have a "weather" report. Strange. Lots happening around the Patriot this week. @Ron Altier turned a beautiful ornament using a sea urchin skeleton. The urchin has amazing patterns and markings. Read his post to see the compliments from our members- Ron also received the highest compliment imaginable from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. Jim asked Ron for one of his ornaments to help decorate the Christmas tree at the Easy Wood Tools headquarters!!!!!!!! @Ron Dudelston had a new student in his shop. Ron and his daughter turned a an epoxy bowl. Here's the link to the video- https://www.facebook.com/ron.dudelston/videos/10211858367956604/ and here's Dad showing us how it's done- https://www.facebook.com/shellyreneeneal/videos/10156626150220625/. Sweet looking bowl!! @Gerald has been making more ringmaster bowls. Gerald makes his bowls unique by adding pyrography decorations. Gerald added more pictures in his post- @Smallpatch is getting close to finishing up his teapots. More about the process and some pictures at- A couple of events coming up in the near future. The Mid Atlantic Woodturning symposium will be held in September. Click on the above image to go to the registration information. In October, the Segmented Woodturners Symposium is scheduled. Click on the above image to go to the registration information. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools Easy Wood Tools shared a video on making finials by Tracey Malady. We have featured finial videos in the past. I liked this video because it explains the authors procedure very plainly. I had the opportunity to test drive the new Easy Wood Tools Mid Size Micro Detailer. This tool differs from the original EWT detailer in that the cutting tip comes to a distinct, sharp point. This new point permits much crisper transition and more precise corners. I used an ebony piano keys to create a finial (should have watched the video first). The more pointed cutter really makes a difference! Comparing the original detailer (left) and the new micro detailer- I was pretty proud of myself- Until- I had never worked with any other ebony. The piano keys were very old so maybe that caused them to be brittle. In other exciting news, a turning club near Lancaster wants me to put on a demonstration for their group! I am really thrilled to be able to help them out. It's not until August but I've already started getting some stuff together. They want some spindle work as well as small bowls. For the spindle, I thought they might be interested in seeing how a seemingly square pattern turns into a Celtic knot. I have this blank prepared- Next, I'll get some of that flame box elder ready for a bowl. Safe turning
  5. A day early and just a short one this week, sorry. Please, let us all extend our sympathy to @John Moody. His Mom passed away Tuesday. I know your prayers will be appreciated. @Ron Altier Has built some beautiful display stands for some of his ornaments. Please go to Ron's post and see what others have had to say- @Smallpatch has added awesome detail to the teapots he is building. Check out his continued progress- @Grandpadave52 posted a link to The Woodworker's Journal newsletter. The newsletter is asking for responses to interest in a new free woodturning newsletter. If they receive enough positive responses , we might have another resource for turning information. If you think you might be interested, here's the link- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/topic/22552-woodworker-journal-ezine-feedback/ Speaking of woodturning resources, the Woodworkers Guild of America is offering a set of 3 DVDs on woodturning techniques by George Vondrisk. I have not seen these videos so I cannot say how much information they might offer. You can see more at their website- https://www.wwgoa.com/product/wood-turning-techniques-3-dvd-set/#utm_source=WWGOA&utm_medium=email&utm_term=70OFF&utm_content=C12701&vscid=C12701 Patriot member @Gene Howe alerted me to an article in the most recent Popular Woodworking e-magazine. Gene said the article was about using a toilet plunger as a jam chuck. I do not subscribe to Popular Woodworking and couldn't locate the article online. If you subscribe to the magazine, check out the article it might just be something you can use. Safe turning
  6. Another Wednesday! One of our new members, @brianpoundingnails posted pictures of a shop made lathe he built. His "machine" is multipurpose and made for creating log furniture. Check out Brian's post and see all the functions of this marvelous machine- @Gerald has been busy turning some hollow forms. The wood was from a neighbors tree. Gerald posted more about the wood and the turnings here- @Ron Altier Has been turning more ornaments! This first one caused him to have an allergic reaction but that didn't stop him from finishing this little beauty. More about the ornament in Ron's post- Ron kept them coming with this awesome piece- More about this one- And finally, Ron finished up this gorgeous piece- His description here- @PostalTom asked our members how they stored their turning tools. He received lots of feedback and ideas. Head on over to his post and give him your ideas and suggestions. As turners, we are always looking for ideas on how to make our pieces unique. Shapes, wood species, mixed media and finishes. @Steve Krumanaker posted a topic on chip carving. He plans to use this technique to add detail to some of his turnings. He received lots of encouragement on his new endeavor. Please check out his post and offer any suggestions you may have. Another way to make a unique turning- I picked this up off of a Facebook woodturning page. This is part one of the video and part two is linked from the Youtube site. I'm not sure how robust this finish will be but it sure is interesting. Ruth Niles has added a new item to her stainless steel products. If you are looking for a gift for that discriminating espresso drinker, check out Ruth's new coffee tamper. https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ I spent the day redesigning a jig I use to turn rolling pins. I replaced the high speed steel cutter with a Ci5 cutter from Easy Wood Tools. Now I need to make up some rolling pin blanks. The stock is getting low. I have a bunch of those flame box elder blanks cut and must get to turning them. Safe turning
  7. A great week here for the Patriot Woodturners. Just today, @Steve Krumanaker posted his gorgeous, finished "Maple Rocks" bowl- Steve posted more information and images here- @Smallpatch is making more progress on his teapots. He posted his updated progress- @Steve Krumanaker is preparing to give a demo to the turning club, of which he is a member. Steve pointed out how much work it is to create/give a successful demonstration. When properly done, the audience gets information in an enjoyable, fluid manner. But, demos don't just happen by accident. Planning, preparation and practice are required to pull off a demonstration without a hitch. Just some of what Steve did getting ready- He explains more, here- By the way, those seed starter makers are a great gift. I made some a few years ago for relatives. Mike Peace added a YouTube video on selecting lathe chuck jaws. Specialized jaws can really be an asset for different turning projects. I wish Mike would have done the Easy Wood Chuck jaws. Their add/remove mechanism is unique. Capt. Eddie continues to produce videos. He recently added one on finishing a turning. He demonstrates an inertia sander which is really handy for spindle and bowl sanding. He has a hardware kit available for making these sanders. Rick Turns has made available the YouTube listing of woodturning videos for May. If you enjoy finding an all-in-one place reference, please give Rick a quick thanks on his YouTube channel. The Woodturning OnLine Newsletter came this week. There are several interesting projects. A video by Todd Raines demonstrates how he turns flags. He uses a neat method to make multiple, exact copies. There are several nice jigs that can be applied to just about any lathe operation. Another project is making a fishing reel, by Mike Darlow- What's great about this project is that when you follow the link, you end up at the Woodcraft site. From there you can gain access to many of the articles/projects previously published in the Woodcraft magazine. A general list of topics is shown on the left side of the web page. https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/a-fishing-reel There is also an article on photographing projects. @Gerald created a super blog on photography, here on The Patriot Woodworker, and this article adds nicely to that. The article is written in Microsoft word (.doc) and is by John Lucas. http://nebula.wsimg.com/17b9a4c07da5b3c10dc5dfa5f30aa453?AccessKeyId=8E1EC0DC707F1FE36FCB&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 The entire Woodturning OnLine newsletter is at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Safe turning
  8. Kids got out of school for the summer, today. No subbing until August! Lots of activity by our Patriot turners this week! @PostalTom made a set of pen jaws from an article by Mr. David Reed Smith. Tom reports that the jaws worked like a charm. Check out the sweet looking pen he made using the jaws- @Charles Nicholls has been turning some gorgeous bottle stoppers. Charles answers comments about this project in his post- @Steve Krumanaker is adding details to a beautiful maple bowl he turned. Steve's talent with wood burning techniques is awesome! Our turners had lots of great comments- @RustyFN started a log bird house. Unfortunately the log cracked before he had a chance to finish the turning. Rusty asked our turners what might have caused this and what could be done to prevent it. Maybe you can add some more tips/techniques that you have found that work for you. @Ron Altier posted a question about an unfamiliar turning product. Several turners offered identification and use- This little item popped up on Nova's Facebook feed. If you do a lot of both outboard and spindle turning, you might find this useful. Capt. Eddie has a new video on "Better Sanding". It's nice to see him still teaching and giving us great information- I finished up the handle for the hedge shears that were left on the front porch. Fortunately, the original tang holes were round which made the replacement handle easier to make. I used my steady rest to stabilize the work while drilling the holes. Then just shaped the handle to match the original. Used a mallet to drive the handle onto the tang. Finished with wipe-on poly Also got time to finish up the natural edge bowl made from that flame box elder. A bunch of coats of wipe-on poly. Safe Turning
  9. Our Patriot turners have been at it again! Lots of projects posted and input provided. @RustyFN escaped serious injury when a gouge he was using snapped in half. Rusty was turning a log when a catch damages the tool and lacerated his hand. Read about the incident in Rusty's thread- @Ron Altier is busy experimenting with different woods and finishes with his beautiful ornaments. Check Ron's posts and the comments- Although he didn't turn these, member @Jay is making some lures for fly fishing. Lots of input including a link for ideas on turned lures. Read about Jay's post- @Smallpatch is making some "Teapots" He has posted several images of his work. He creates fantastic detail in his pieces- Several weeks ago we talked about the different skew chisel shapes. Some turners prefer the curves end while others prefer the "straight" edge. I found this article by Alan Lacer, from Popular Woodworking Magazine, detailing how to convert the straight end to a curved end. It includes the author's opinion of why he prefers this shape. https://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/aw-extra-121213-reshaping-the-skew-chisel Our generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools shared a video on YouTube of a really special turning by Jim Overton. Mr. Overton uses EWT tools almost exclusively to create a lamp from various materials. The really awesome aspect of the project is the appearance of the lamp when it is finished. I came across a nice site that has lots of turnings that include project details. You may find a project idea from the listings. http://woodarchivist.com/category/woodturning-projects-and-techniques/ I'm a little late with this post of "Rick Turns" YouTube video list for April. If you check out this list, please give Rick a BIG Thank You for all his work! This was a "Mom" day for me. I don't know how a 92 year old 4' 8" lady can run me into the ground! Anyway, when I got home, I found this on the porch- Looks like all turning isn't artsy fartsy. I found a chunk of wood in the wood shed- Cut a chunk for the turning- I'll need to drill a hole for the tang and the turn the handle. That'll be tomorrow- after I paint the deck furniture. Safe turning
  10. Well as nice as last week was, this week is the complete opposite. Rainy, damp and miserable. The Patriots woodturners did not let the weather deter them! @Steve Krumanaker has been busy with several projects. He is designing a clock for a demonstration at his woodturnong club. Steve made several different designs and was asking for input as to your favorite. Check out Steve's post and give him some input- Steve is also busy making a whole bunch of honey dipper/jars for a bee farm. He puts his shop made laser to work for the decorative tops. Read his post and the comments our turners offered- @Gerald has been busy as well. He recently turned a pecan bowl and with a gorgeous jade inlay. Gerald talks about the process in his post- Although not directly about turning, Gerald posted an informative topic on bearings and their numbering identification system. This data can be useful with any piece of equipment that contains bearings. I must apologize to @Jim from Easy Wood Tools for missing his post on a beautiful Bocote bowl he turned. Jim posted this on our site last week. He sure can make those Easy Wood Tools sing!! Jim claims to be a newbie turner. Hmmm, I wonder.... Member @Gene Howe sent me a link to some interesting jig/hardware for turning basket weave illusions bowls- This image is of a piece made by Bill Boehme. The link- https://www.chefwarekits.com/basket-weave-illusion-wood-burning-carving-tools/basket-weave-ilusion-diy-kit-woodturning-1.html The ChefWare Kits site has lots of great other kits, jigs and hardware. Sometime back we had a discussion about the pros and cons of spindle washers. I found this video discussing their use and the author provides some visual test data. I'll leave you to make up your own mind. I don't anyone who doesn't like a good biscuit. Mike Peace shows us how to turn a wooden biscuit cutter. Might make a nice object for those craft shows this summer. I've had a little time to play at the lathe. I started on a natural edge bowl made from a piece of the flame box elder. I have it turned and am into the sanding phase. I turned it green, to the final thickness (about 3/16", and am keeping it packed in shavings when I'm not working on it. It is drying slowly while I sand and I'm hoping there won't be too much warping. Safe turning
  11. It's been a beautiful couple of days here in south central Pennsylvania. I took advantage of the weather forecast and got most of the plants into the garden. It's supposed to rain tomorrow so that should get them a good start. Our Patriot turners have been busy this week with projects and posts. @Charles Nicholls started a thread on a bowl he is starting to turn. Charles asked our thoughts on the integrity of the bowl blank. Please check out his post and see if you can add any suggestions- In that same thread, Charles posted a picture of a top he is making- @Smallpatch is making teapots! He explains the process in his post- @PostalTom Asked a question about Mesquite and its' turning characteristics. If you ever turned Mesquite or would like to know what our turners said, check out his post at- @Gerald showed us his super score from ebay. He won a bid on a SuperNova 2 chuck. Our turners demonstrated great restraint in not teasing him too much about such a good deal. @Smallpatch also posted a topic about where to get free wood for turning. Your town may have a similar location. If you live in New Hampshire, the New England Woodturning Symposium is being held this weekend- May 12. Click on the above image to get more information about the symposium. The latest Woodturning OnLine newsletter arrived. Some great information as always. A nice video from Mike Waldt on creating a long stemmed goblet with captive rings- Another article, from the newsletter covers different methods of reverse chucking a bowl. It is a "PDF" by John Lucas. Here's the link- http://centralillinoiswoodturners.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Reverse-Turning-Bowls.pdf The full newsletter can be read at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php I was lucky enough to score some free wood myself. One of my former students- and then teaching partner, cut down some trees at his home. One of them was a flame box elder. He brought me several logs. I think I can get several bowls and maybe a couple of shallow platters. I used TiteBond to seal the ends. We'll see how that works compared to latex paint. Safe turning
  12. Got home late yesterday and we spent the evening unpacking, doing laundry and putting stuff away. Today was cleaning the shop and finishing up the rifle rack I made for a friend. My poor old lathe sure is feeling lonely! @Gerald told us he sold one of his turned bowls! Gerald explains a little more in his post- Mike Peace posted a video about Woodturning Forums. He speaks about the characteristics and what you can expect. As with anything on the Internet, we need to keep an open mind about the advice we glean from the many sources available. Our very generous sponsor, Easy wood Tools, has put up a video showcasing their Easy Wood Chuck. I've mentioned this item several times in the past. This chuck is the epitome of excellence. Next time you are at a woodworking show or at Woodcraft, pick up the chuck and see what I mean. Thanks, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools! Tim Yoder posted a 2 part video on making very large platter. He shows us how to safely mount such a large piece. As luck would have it, he also uses the Easy Wood Chuck for this turning- Safe turning
  13. Sorry guys, not too much this week. Between subbing, doctor appointments, vet appointments and puppy training- shop time has been very limited. @PostalTom showed us a sweet little bowl he made for his woodturning club exchange challenge- Check out how Tom made sure the paper clips don't get away! @Gene Howe Sent me this link. It has some nice turning accessories, from Ron Brown, including several types of chucks. Check out Mr. Brown's website at- http://admailemail.com/view/47157c1/4881dc/ @Gerald asked a question about the finish we like to use on bottle stoppers. My personal favorite is oil based poly. It seems to stand up to handling and moisture. Why not checkout Geralds post and give him your favorite- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) is presenting free tool demonstrations this coming weekend. If you are near Buffalo Grove, IL or Orland Park, IL, why not stop in and try out these fantastic tools! Mike Peace put up a short video with some turning tips. A couple of great ideas- Holding lathe work can often be challenging. Turner devise all sorts of jigs/chucks to be able to turn their projects. Captain Eddy put up a video a little while back demonstrating some ideas for holding work- Safe turning
  14. Another busy week here for the Patriot turners! @Ron Altier asked a question concerning the angle on the skew chisel- curved or straight? Seems most of your turners prefer the straight cutting edge. Why not head over to Ron's post and provide him with your preference- @oldwoodie Asked for our input on assembling pen kits. He is concerned about installing the pen refill in an older pen kit- He was also unsure about whether pressed in parts need to be glued in place- I know some of you have turned pens and you may be able to help him out. I have always had trouble trying to make my turning look more elegant. They always seem out of proportion or clunky. I've read about the "Golden Mean" and how it can be used to create a visually appealing product. And then there is the "Rule of Thirds". Which to use??? Here is some reference material to help make that decision (or make it more confusing). I pulled these from the Internet and have left the authors details within each- http://www.westbaywoodturners.com/tutorial/pdf_files/Woodturning_Design.pdf This link show a plane for creating a "golden section gauge"- http://www.goldennumber.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/golden-section-gauge.gif Finally a detailed video explanation of the Golden Mean and why it may not be so important. Be warned, the video is quite lengthy- While answering an email from another site, I found this marvelous turning site- http://hampstevens.com/ Mr. Stevens will graciously provide instructions on how to turn these seemingly impossible spheres. If interested, he can be contacted at- hamp@hampstevens.com @Jim from Easy Wood Tools and our friend from Easy Wood Tools posted a video introducing the Easy Wood Tools with Tracey Malady. This is a great video for those interested in getting started with Easy Wood Tools. You may have recently read that the Easy Wood Tools are now available in the UK! Our fellow turners, across the pond, will finally get to use the best turning tools on the planet! Not only are the EWT tools available in the UK but also the absolutely awesome Easy Wood Easy Chuck! It's always nice to be able to make your own turning tools instead of buying them. Mike Peace shows us how to make a beading tool and a captive ring tool in a couple of his latest videos. Safe turning
  15. Our Patriot turners were really active this past week with more projects, questions and ideas! @Ron Altier's wife got him a really nice turner's smock. I'm pretty sure the other turners were jealous considering the ribbing he took. I think it will provide great protection from flying chips (or sparks)! Some of the good natured comments are at- Ron also posted a neat little "chip deflector" that he made. The simple design lends itself to virtually any tool manufacturer. Ron explains how he made this in his post- Ron was having trouble with his lathe tailstock not locking securely. Many of our members offered suggestions and ideas. Ron was able to devise a way to repair the problem. The following two threads discuss the problem and what Ron did to get it fixed- @Cliff lamented about some roadside wood treasures he managed to pickup. Unfortunately, the tree held a few unpleasant surprises. @Gene Howe sent me a link to an article by Mr. Davide Reed Smith. In this particular how-to, Mr. Smith provides detailed instructions on how to make pen turning jaws for a 4 jaw chuck. Follow this link for the complete tutorial- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/WoodAuxJaws/WoodAuxJaws.htm @Steve Krumanaker has made a few more of his Cryptex Boxes. Steve's combination of turning and laser engraving produces fantastic results. See Steve's post for more images and information on the engraved symbols- @Gerald posed a question about using "colorply" for handles in kit type projects (i.e. bottle openers). Several of our members offered their thoughts and ideas- Rick Turns posted his March list of YouTube woodturning videos- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came this week. There are some interesting articles and a video from Mr. Richard Raffan on "Understanding Catches". The newsletter can be found at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Here's the video- Carl Jacobson turns a resin/burl piece in his mobile shop. Check out the Easy Wood Tools and chuck! ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools) The EWT tools make turning resin a breeze. The curls just fly off of the piece! Safe turning
  16. No turning for me this past week. I've started a gun rack for a friend. It is coming along slowly. @Cliff just posted a topic for preventing wood from splitting/cracking/checking. This idea is new to me. See what Clif had to say. Maybe you have another method. If so, we'd love to have you tell us about it! Cliff also posted a link to an excellent safety article from the American Woodturner magazine. We all like to think we are working safely but this article really drives home the quality of some of the safety device we are using. Here's Cliff's post- The article is linked from there. Please read her story. @Ron Altier has created another awesome ornament. The amazing part is that this came from his scrap box. It is always exciting to see what lathe turning can do to a glue-up Ron's post is here- I think we all are proud of the things we make. Most of us have a way of marking our pieces with some sort of identifier. It might be a signature with a sharpie, a branded logo or even a special decal. Recently, Mike Peace did a short video exploring these various methods. I've always used a sharpie but over the years it tends to fade- especially on items that have a mineral oil finish. The signature on my original rolling pin, that Mimi uses, has faded into obscurity. Also, sharpies will bleed when the top coat is shellac. Many years ago I traded a rolling pin for a coffee scoop from Ruth Niles. She uses a handheld engraver to sign here work. Much longer lasting! What method do you all use??? There probably won't be much sleep here tonight. Today we picked up this- His name is Dudley and he is an 8 weeks old Basset hound. He slept most of the 2 hour trip back from the breeders and has been exploring his new home ever since. I think his ears are as long as he is. Since Quigley passed away in October, the house has been really empty. I'm sure that's about to change! Safe turning
  17. This seems fitting for today- Supposed to be damp, cold and miserable the remainder of the week. @Steve Krumanaker asked for opinions on a metal working lathe/mill combination from Grizzly. He received several responses. If you have any experiences with this unit, I'm sure he would appreciate your input. @Ron Altier has been experimenting with a new style of ornament. He is using epoxy as part of the construction medium. Ron posed a question concerning finishing the hardened epoxy. Several members offered suggestions. Maybe you can give him some ideas. @Cliff ended up with a warped bowl. He has a theory that steam can be used to "un-warp" it. Check out the steam box he has constructed for experiment. The Segmented Woodturners organization is holding their 6th Segmented Symposium on October 12-14, 2018 in St. Louis Missouri. Registration information is at their site- http://segmentedwoodturners.org/?album=1&cover=0&occur=1&photo=39 Usually a turner, posting a video on YouTube, will edit out any mistakes. Rick Turns posted a video "attempt" at making a birds mouth vase. Rick kept the mistakes. I hate to admit how many times I've made the same ones. Mike Peace posted a very short video showing his turning jigs for gauging spindle diameters. Maybe some ideas here you haven't considered. Not sure if I posted this in the past. Sometimes I'd like to get an idea what a turning will look like before starting the actual process. Sketchup will work but there's a nice, FREE software program called LatheMagic. The software is not completely intuitive but does come with tutorial videos and instruction manuals. You can download the software from- http://www.lathemagic.com/ At the same site there is another program called ShapeMagic that can be used with 3D printers. I'm finally getting the manzanita turning done. The last coat of poly is slowly drying in the basement. I call this one "hidden in my heart". Mimi was in the basement when I opened the box of roots and said this piece looked like a heart (she's a nurse), thus the name. These images were take before the final coat of poly. It's a little more shiny now. Also the finial wasn't seate completely. It needs glued in place once dry. The finial was made from a piano ebony key. A buddy salvaged them from a trashed instrument and gave me a couple. I really need to refine my finial shapes. Maybe I should have used that software! @Jim from Easy Wood Tools this was turned completely with Easy Wood Tools! Safe turning
  18. While @Cliff and I are sharing the beach in the sunny Antilles, I thought I'd get a head start on today's post. @Cliff has his vacuum chuck rig set up and running. There are lots of questions and comments about how he made this. Cliff shares his procedures in his post- @Steve Krumanaker posted images of his second "cryptex". Steve's pictures show some of the internal workings of this clever little device! @PostalTom asked a question about the usefulness of a lathe that can be operated in the reverse direction. Some suggested this was a nice feature- However, I think they may have been referring to using the lathe on this Easter Sunday. More suggestions and comments- @Gerald, in response to last week's "Wednesday's...", posted a picture of the display shelves he is getting ready for their club's booth. He also added an image of the tulips he make- Rick Turns added his February list of turning videos on YouTube. Mike Peace posted a nice little video. He needed to re-turn a baby rattle. Check out how he overcame the problem of holding the rattle. Although we had relatives visiting this past week, I managed to get to the lathe and destroy a piece I was turning- I glued the errant piece back on the waste block and sealed the turning with tape and modeling clay- Then mixed up some clear Alumilite. I find warming it in the microwave really helps lowers the viscosity so the small bubbles float to the top and it fills the crevices a little better. I need to build a pressure pot. Sure wish I kept the one I used to test underwater gauges when I had a Scuba shop. Removed the tape and clay and it's ready to back on the lathe. Safe turning
  19. Spent the day riding herd on a bunch of electronics technology students. Our company left early so I have a chance to post this weeks entry. @Steve Krumanaker posted another installment of his laser project. His "Cryptex" is so cool! Check out the complete post and the comments from our Patriot family- @Gerald showed us his hollow vessel turned from spalted magnolia and it is a beauty- Gerald tells us a little more in his post- @PostalTom turned a sweet little bowl made from walnut and poplar. I really like his choice of woods and the small lip at the top. Read what our turners had to say- There is a lady turner, Holly Denney, who I have seen on Facebook. She makes turned snowmen/snowladies. Another turner, who also makes snow people is Mr. David Reed Smith. He recently put up his article on how he does his turnings. The main article is located at- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/SnowPeople/SnowPeople.html Within his article is a link to a full PDF tutorial- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/SnowPeople/SnowPeople.pdf And a link to his gallery of his work- http://davidreedsmith.com/Gallery/SnowPeople/SnowPeople.html If you have ever turned a bottle stopper, you probably know of Ruth Niles and her stainless steel stoppers. In my opinion you cannot find a better stopper (or a nicer person). Ruth has a really nice combo starter kit on her website. Check it out- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/woodturning/product/6322-five-star-kit Mike Peace recently added a nice little video on scrapers. Specifically he shows us how to make a burnishing tool to add a burr to a scraper. If you live in or around the Portland Oregon area, the American Association of Woodturners is having a symposium June 14-16. Check out their site for more information-http://www.woodturner.org/default.asp?page=2018Portland I've had 3 pieces of Manzanita laying on the lathe for about a month- trying to see what I can create. I finally decided on a piece to start with but the area to be turned was off center on the piece. Because it would be off balanced, I need to figure a way to mount it. As luck would have it, a turner I follow- Jim Jakosh, posted a similar off balance project and his solution- a counterbalance. I had a shop made hold down for finishing off bowl bottoms. I glued the piece- paper joint- to the wheel. Then added some bolts to the outer rim to create a balanced spin. Spun without vibration and so far the paper joint is holding. I'll just have to see what materializes from within the root. Safe turning
  20. The latest winter storm tracked about 75 miles east of the predicted position. We got nothin'. Sorry @Cliff. Last week we posted a site that sold threaded inserts. @HandyDan was curious about the installation. I wrote to the seller inquiring about specifics and this is his response- Hi Lewis, I send a tips sheet with the inserts but no real instructions other than to relieve just enough wood for the body and flange to fit snug and not to mix the epoxy until you are satisfied with the dry fit. The lid I make by gluing a plug on a flat piece that I turn till the plug fits, again sneaking up on the fit a bit at a time till satisfied, then mix some epoxy. I don't do videos but have a ton of photos in albums on the Facebook shop site that have cleared up a lot of questions on how I use them making out urns and Beads of Courage jars. Hope this helps, thanks for asking. Along those same lines, @Gene Howe mentioned he has seen mason jar lids used for threaded turnings. If you missed it, the entire post is here- Also, last week we posted a thread about @Steve Krumanaker's new laser engraver. Steve added another video showing the more of the laser's operation- Every Monday morning @John Morris posts the question asking what we have done and what we plan for the week. Well, one of our turners- @PostalTom was busy modifying his lathe set up for easier cleanup and use. Check out the pictures he posted and maybe you can get some ideas for your own shop! Scroll to the end of the "Monday Morning" post for Tom's pictures. Thanks for sharing this, Tom! Many of our turnings involve a glue-up of some sort. Patriot member @Gene Howe posted a link to a video featuring an ultraviolet light sensitive glue from Titebond. This might be something useful for your next segmented turning- I subscribe to the e-Tips from woodsmith. Every once in a while they post one for turners. This tip looked pretty neat as we turners usually have several tools pulled from the tool rack when turning a project. Here's the link to the video- https://cdn.woodsmith.com/etip/2018/02/lathe-tool-rack-SD.mp4 There are some turning symposiums coming up on the east coast. Easy Wood Tools will be in Atlanta for the Woodworking Shows next weekend- http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/atlanta.html. The The Mid Atlantic Woodturners Association will be in Lancaster, PA at the end of September. You can check out the details here- http://www.mawts.com/ I picked up this video from the Easy Wood Tools Twitter feed (Thanks @Jim from Easy Wood Tools). The turner uses several of the EWT tools as well as their awesome chuck. I also spied another Easy Wood Tool product that I had not seen before. The EWT Live Center. Here's the video on making a VERY large pepper grinder. And here is additional information on the Live Center- http://www.easywoodtools.com/live-center-3/ Turner Mike Peace did a video on the various texturing tools available, including some shop made versions. This video is from a live demonstration and is a little longer than most. Turner @HandyDan sent me a link to this video. There were several really neat things that caught my eye (besides the fact that OSHA wasn't there). I thought the turners hand position, with his finger under the tool rest probably gave him extra control of the tools. The brilliance of the organic colors was unexpected. And, around 4:50 of the video, the helper uses an oil can. I thought at first it was for lubbing the lathe but I think it was something to apply to the colors. Thanks, Dan! Finally, The Woodturning OnLine newsletter came. One of the articles was a tutorial in pictures for making a suspended box- The article is by Bob Hamilton. http://bobhamswwing.com/Articles/Suspended Bowl/Suspended bowl Page 1.html The entire newsletter is here- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Relatives will be here, for a week, beginning next Wednesday. Not sure if I can get a few minutes to do a "Wednesday's Wisdom". Safe turning
  21. It's been a nice couple of days here, but winter is scheduled to return to the northeast tomorrow. Our turners have been busy with projects, ideas and questions. So let's get to it! Last week @HandyDan showed us a really neat way to created threaded inserts for turned objects. I happened across this site that sells brass metal inserts for that special project- They have many sizes. Their site is- https://www.fromwalnuttoantlers.com/shop @RustyFN posted a rough turned bowl he made. It sure is gorgeous! Rust wasn't certain of the wood species and several members offered opinions. Check out the complete thread- @Gerald got some turning blanks prepped and started on a vase. Nice laser rig! Read about his plans for his vase- @Steve Krumanaker gave us a demonstration of his shop made laser engraver. Talk about an awesome piece of equipment! Steve even included a video of the operation in his thread @Buck Nall posted a question about turning bradford pear wood. Several members offered suggestions. Check out his post and give Buck your opinion- @Gerald is considering setting up a stand in a consignment shop. He asked for thoughts and opinions on this. Stop over at his post and see if you can add to what has already been said- I was trying to catch up on some of Capt. Eddies' videos and he mentioned the Southwest Association of Turners turning symposium for this summer. It's in Waco Texas in August. Here's a link for more information- https://www.swaturners.org/index.php Also, our most generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, will be part of the Woodworkers Show in Milwaukee, WI on March 9-11,2018. More information here- http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/milwaukee.html Mike Peace put up an informative video on live centers. He looks at some of the characteristics and various vendor. Pretty interesting- Capt.Eddie did a similar review of a specific brand here- A while back, we featured Tim Yoder making a platter with a "cosmic paint" scheme. He recently posted a another platter but uses a different approach to applying the paint. While you are watching the video, check out the Easy Wood Chuck! Safe turning
  22. Turning is therapeutic. Before getting into this week's offerings, please remember to add tags to your posted topics. Tags help forum viewers with searches and can add an additional layer of organization to the overall site. Tags can include, but not be limited to, project category, material, style, finish, tools, manufacturer, etc., etc. We've had lots of activity this week in Turning Forum. Some questions, some projects and some great suggestions. @Steve Krumanaker has gone wild with Christmas ornaments! Check out all of the ornaments and comments about how Steve makes them in these two threads- Of course not everything goes according to plan, as Steve points out here- @Ron Altier asked us to rate our carbide tools on a scale of 1 to 10. How about cruising over to this post and give him your input- In that same post, @HandyDan gave us a peek at his shop made carbide round cutter. Pretty Fancy!! @Gerald did a woodturning club demonstration. Look at these beautiful pieces- Read more about them and additional pictures at- A couple of weeks ago, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools posed a question about drive spurs. Lots of comments and opinions were offered. I saw this video from Mike Peace where he discusses the differences- I missed the notification of the Rick Turns woodturning videos of the month. Here is his offering for the month of September- I forced myself into the shop over the weekend. A couple of turnings- This is an Alumilite pen. Alumilite is a type of "resin" casting. It turns easily and polishes to a high gloss. This was turned, sanded thru 12000 grit then polished with Turtle Wax scratch and swirl remover. A bottle stopper from a hybrid blank of acrylic and wood. Sanded and polished the same as the pen. The wood appeared to have a burl type surface. The stopper is from Ruth Niles https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/ Both projects turned completely with Easy Wood Tools. Safe Turning
  23. Temperature was in the 70's here the past two days but that's about to come to an end tonight. It was just too nice to do much in the shop. Just a heads up for those near Secaucus, NJ. Our most generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools will be at the Woodworking Show there- Click on the image for more details and ticket information. Last weeks "Wednesday's..." started a great discussion on pricing your work. @DAB asked about how we set the price on our turnings. Check out what our turners had to say. @Steve Krumanaker sent me a link for a fantastic turner named Virgil Leih. I had not known of him but I can say when he does something- he goes BIG! I really think you will enjoy watching what he does!! Thanks, Steve! @difalkner posted some Longworth Chuck plates he made There was a great discussion about the layout of the arcs. Read all of the information- @HandyDan came up with an inspired way to add treads to a project. You really need to see this tutorial! Read the complete step-by-step- @RustyFN posted some pictures of prepping a log into future bowl blanks He also received some advice about sealing the blanks to help slow down the cracking- @Gene Howe sent me a link to a turner and machinist. Gene was at a gathering of Arizona woodturners and Jerry Marcantel was demonstrating some of the turning devices he has developed. Here is a video from Jerry's YouTube channel. He has other videos there as well. Thanks, Gene!! This link is to his website- https://www.woodturnerstools.com/ . He has some beautiful turnings posted there. A short video from Mike Peace making a shaving brush. Not extremely difficult and would probably make a nice present for someone. Safe Turning
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  25. Well, if you haven't gotten your significant other a Valentine's present by now, I hope you can get comfortable sleeping next to the lathe for the next several days @RustyFN showed us his first turned lidded box and it is gorgeous. Read about it here and check out the comments from our turners- Carl Jacobson turned a floating vase, about a month ago. Notice his use of Easy Wood Tools and the Easy Wood chuck! I think if I hadn't learned to turn, I might have tried my hand at painting. I always marveled at the painters on public television when they created a picture. Although he has passed away, Bob Ross was one I enjoyed. That's probably why I found this Tim Yoder turning video so amusing- Some of you may have an income from your turning. With tax season upon us, I thought this video from Mike Peace may be of interest- Check some of the comments, with the video, on YouTube. Several respondents were folks who worked as tax consultants and they added additional information. Rick turnes added his list of videos for January 2018- The Woodworking Show is going to be in Kansas City, MO this weekend- February 16 and 17. Our most generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools will be there! Check here for additional information- Click on the above image to link to more information. I have been playing with a little holly bowl. The wood came from a tree that was planted, in 1969, at the school where I taught. The tree had been cut back many times over the years due to size a weather damage so none of the trunk pieces were extremely large- although the base near the ground is close to 2 feet across. I turned the bowl green- the outside shape one evening and finished the inside the next day. The wall thickness is about 3/16". There were a couple of stress cracks in the log before I started but they didn't get any larger after completion. The inertia sander I made works great! The pictures are before any finish is applied. I'm using rattle can lacquer but need to get a buffing wheel to smooth the surface of the spray. You can see the bowl went from round to slightly oblong during the process. When it is finished, I'll give it to the school. I still have a couple more chunks and also a holly natural edge bowl but some of the bark split off during the final turning. I also finished up the piece I was turning from Manzanita. It had that large void that I filled with Alumilite. I couldn't get the "bowl" part polished as well as I would have liked. Everything went south when I tried to use Micromesh pads. I guess it was the difference in the density between the wood and acrylic. Also the pads left traces of their color on the wood. I should mention that I did not stabilize the Manzanita. I'm calling this one "Crater" because it reminds me of a volcano. Finally, I guess someone likes my rolling pins. Got this in the mail today- Who a thunk it?? Safe turning

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