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Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Call for Entries: Master Woodworking Artist of the Year
  • Woodturner's Business Cards
  • Crime scene tools prevent illegal wood sales
  • Protect your hearing!
  • Arrowmont announces new video series
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for November 2019


A Bowlful of Christmas by Rick Morris

Christmas time again! And what better way to celebrate the holiday than with a special Christmas bowl (well, yes, if it were full of $100 bills, it would be a better way, but let’s keep commercialism out of Christmas).



Christmas Ornaments Embellished with a Table Saw by Steve Reznek

This article explains how I make light-weight, hollow ornaments that have been embellished with a table saw or router bit. In this tutorial, I will use the table saw to make the ornament.



The Penturner’s Corner: Wedding Rings by Don Ward

I am often asked if I turn anything other than pens. We all have our favorite things to turn and pens happen to be mine. But, yes, I do turn things other than pens. I turn the usual: bowls, lidded boxes, hollow forms, and occasional pieces of spindle work. Spindle work, other than pens, is not my favorite.




Pricing Wood Bowls by Kent Weakley

How should I go about pricing wood bowls? This is a question I asked after realizing I am turning too many stacks of finished wood bowls. The answer isn’t easy at first glance. Many factors merge together when pricing wood bowls. Some of the contributing factors include time, materials, skill-level, quality, craftsmanship, salesmanship, attitude, and, less discussed, disposition towards money. Just like turning a bowl, there are many ways to solve the issue of pricing them. The approach you decide to take is up to you.


'Twas the Night Before Christmas... by Staff

Here's a little woodturning humor to start your holidays with a smile!


On the Lighter Side: Religious Collections Vessel by Bob Heltman

My earlier article about using a RotoZip to embellish/carve a turned bowl caused later reflections. “Why should the RotoZip tool create lines in only one direction?”, I wondered. As a reminder, Photo 1 shows the underside of the support table that positions the RotoZip tool for making the cuts.


Meet the Turner:

Caitlan Davis, West Yorkshire, England

Test Your Knowledge:

Holiday Quiz

New Products:

  • Nova Jumbo Drive Center
  • New Sport Inlay Pen Kits from Kallenshaan Woods
  • New Ring Blanks from Craft Supplies
  • Christmas Pen Clips and Blanks from Berea Hardwoods
  • CBN Discs for Work Sharp from WoodTurners Wonders
  • Arbortech Power Chisel
  • Updated Jet 10/20 Drum Sander
  • Festool Kapex KS 120 Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Questions and Answers: Cracks in Wood

Product Reviews: Vinces’s Wood N Wonders

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Free Wood Identification Service
  • Fresh Wood Chips as Mulch?
  • AAW Call for Entries
  • Ray Key Collaborations released
  • Porter-Cable Table Saw Recall
  • New Safety Device for Table Saws
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for October 2019


Overlay Ornament by David Reed Smith

Originally I was going to call this ­­article Obtarsia Ornament (for intarsia on an orb). But I make a batch of ornaments for relatives and friends each year and the idea of making that many ornaments with many little parts was too daunting. So, I decided to use simpler designs and a less ambitious sounding name. You could, of course, use the techniques and jigs to make a full intarsia ornament. I made a red-nosed reindeer. Once.



Turning a Birdhouse Ornament by Mike Grady

The inspiration for this project came several years ago, from my friend Jim Leatherwood who gave a demonstration on his birdhouse ornament for the Cape Cod Woodturners. I liked it so much that I gave it a try. This handout reflects my own personal style developed over several years and addresses the techniques that I now use, but I give Jim credit for the original design and the inspiration.



The Penturner’s Corner: Alternative Materials - Alligator Jawbones by Don Ward

I once introduced readers to blanks made from alligator jawbones. They are made from real alligator jawbone sections cast with resins using one color or mixed colors. Some are making blanks with stabilized and dyed jawbones and use contrasting resin dyes when casting.




A Tale of Nine Bowls by Dennis Daudelin

When I first started turning in the late 1990’s, I took a few classes to learn the basics of bowl turning. The classes taught me how to use and sharpen turning tools. I got lots of wood from my local club and over time learned how to harvest my own. I learned from club members that a bowl existed inside each piece of wood and all I had to do was find it.


A Cautionary Tale by John Wolf

I recently donated a number of turned items to a charity auction. I decided to make a smallish bowl – about 8” in diameter – with some decorative embellishment, to add to my now-diminished stock of finished items. I've used color, grain accent, and piercing recently on bowls made from a solid piece of wood (non-segmented, in other words). I wanted to use a solid piece for this bowl so I took an ash blank from the barn. I quickly roughed out the general shape.


On the Lighter Side: Pen, Flashlight, Nail File, Note Pad, & Mileage Booklet Holder for Car Cupholder by Bob Heltman

My Ford F-150 truck has four cupholders. Two are in a pull-out tray under the dashboard, and two are located in the console between passenger and driver. See Photo 1.


Meet the Turner:

Russ Braun, Southern California

Test Your Knowledge:

Woodturning Glossary

New Products:

  • Saburrtooth introduces Supreme Wheels, Discs, Cuts and Buzzouts
  • Ultra-Shear Parting Tool from Woodpeckers
  • New Turner's Edge Gouges from Robust
  • Decorative Loops by Stainless Bottle Stoppers
  • Key Ring Lighter Kits by Craft Supplies
  • The Surfix Ballpoint Pen Kit from Berea Hardwoods
  • New 20 Inch EVS Drill Press from Jet
  • New Sanding Conversion Backer Pads from WoodTurners Wonders

Questions and Answers: Buffing pieces with holes or cracks

Product Reviews: ACKS Woodpaste

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Thanksgiving Table Setting
  • Woodturned Royal Pets become Collectors’ Items
  • American Chestnut Revival?
  • Wooden Sculpture Treasure Hunt
  • CFC announces documentary film
  • Pat and Karen Miller win Award of Excellence
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for September 2019


Needlepoint Accessories – Ort Bowls by Mike Stafford

Sometimes inspiration for a turning does not come from seeing something special in an instant gallery, woodturning magazine or on a website. Sometimes the inspiration comes in the form of a request from on high such as when SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) aka SWHTPS (She Who Holds The Purse Strings) declares a need for something out of the shop.



An On-Center Off-Center Bowl by Rick Morris

Just recently (well, relatively recently, which means 6-8 months ago), Ron Browns Best ( released a new off-center chuck (the Amazing Off-Center Chuck Type 2). I have avoided buying an off-center in the past, possibly because I generally consider myself a little off-the-mark anyway, but also because the ones I saw were expensive and didn’t look all that versatile.



The Penturner’s Corner: Faux Segmentation by Don Ward

Barry Gross invited me to assist him in a class he taught at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in the summer of 2014. This invitation proved to be the impetus for me being invited to teach my own class in 2015 and again in 2017 and 2019. I will be forever grateful to Barry for introducing me to that wonderful place. One of the pens we made is not what it appears.




Planning and Building a Sharpening System by Kurt Hertzog

Every woodturner needs a sharpening system. Without one, every tool turns into a scraper. Incapable of making a clean cut, the clearance angle is continually increased until the tool makes dust. Sharpening is such a key skill that needs to be learned as part of a new turner introduction to woodturning. I dare say that the skill levels attained by any turner will certainly be negatively impacted by their poor sharpening skills.


Lathe Light: The Overlooked Accessory by Kent Weakley

Lathe light is essential while woodturning for two reasons: illumination and specific details. This often overlooked lathe accessory can make the difference between okay and great wood turned pieces.The first reason might seem obvious, good illumination, but I can tell you lighting at the lathe is not taken seriously, in most cases. I’ve had the opportunity to turn on many different lathes, and only a couple had sufficient lighting. Many lathe setups I’ve encountered have no local task light and only rely on overhead lighting for the entire turning process. Of the lathes that do have task lighting, most of those lights have limited flexibility around the headstock.


On the Lighter Side: Turning a Threaded Caulking Tube Plug by Bob Heltman

Caulking tubes come filled with glue, silicon, latex, and even roofing cement. Most often, when used, the tip is cut off (usually at an angle), the tube inserted into a caulking gun, and a long thin rod or nail is pushed into the nozzle end to break a seal so that the caulk can be pumped out with a squeezing of the pistol grip handle.


Meet the Turner:

Matt Monaco, Springfield, MO

Test Your Knowledge:

State tree quiz

New Products:

  • Two New Lathes from NOVA
  • Locking Lever Updates for Oneway Coring System by Glenn Lucas
  • Stand-up Bottle Opener by Stainless Bottle Stoppers
  • Bottle Opener Keychain Kit from Penn State Industries
  • Spindle Adapter for Spiral Master
  • MP208 Magnetic Ballpoint Pen by Berea Hardwoods
  • Kodiak Sharpening System by WoodTurners Wonders
  • PM-900 Workbench Caster Kit by Bora Portamate
  • STRATUS Ambient Air Cleaner by Axiom Tool Group
  • Drill Stop Gauge by Veritas

Questions and Answers: Tips for using a Tree Crotch for a Bowl

Product Reviews: Phoenix Number 1

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • World's Largest Bowl: A New Record
  • Woodturning Wizardry: Revised Edition
  • Oldest living wetland trees
  • Woodturned Halloween Dracula
  • Theodore Roosevelt Wooden Sculpture
  • Twisted, Segmented Turning class at Arrowmont
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for August 2019


The Making of Sunburst by Dennis Daudelin

My local woodworking club has a spring picnic each year. One of the featured events is a 2 x 4 contest. This contest requires you to purchase a piece of construction-grade 2 x 4 lumber that is eight feet long and to then make something out of it. There are some basic rules to the contest but mostly it’s around making something and having fun at it.



Turning Small Ash Bowls in Two Styles by Tod Raines

This is a little project using some fresh ash that I harvested from the streets of Dallas. Curbside finds, you might say. It is beautiful wood but I am not sure I did it justice. But this was more of an experiment or, more precisely, a comparison of several things: 1) work holding methods, 2) bowl orientation, 3) bowl form, and 4) colors on ash.



The Penturner’s Corner: Alternative Materials - Corncob by Don Ward

The articles I write sometimes describe how to make a particular custom or modified pen from commercial pen kits. That is what I really like to do. Other times I write about making pen blanks from various alternative materials: aluminum, antler, bone, and various commercial resins. And, I also write about making blanks using one of the three popular casting resins. This month I write about using another alternate material not normally used for pens but one that makes a unique pen: Corn cob.




Architectural Copy Turning by John Tarpley

One of the things I enjoy about being a production turner is the variety of work that comes to my shop. A few months ago I received a request through my local woodturning club to make some porch spindles. The spindles were for the James Vance Martin house which was built in 1900 and is on the Tennessee Historic Registry. Mr. Martin owned sawmills and tanneries in the area and had a family of 11 children in this house. I have done architectural turning, but usually these jobs are for a furniture part for a piece that someone is restoring. This project required a lot of copy turning. It could have been done with a duplicator attachment, if I had one, but as you will see this would not have worked well for this project so I needed to do manual copy turning. I know not a lot of turners do this type of work so I thought you might find the project an interesting diversion from your regular projects.


Distressed Wood Burning Solution by Jodi Bennett

Does this scenario sound familiar? You find the perfect large log. Cut it just right. Seal it up, so it slowly dries for a couple of years.  When it’s finally time to put it on the lathe you have that Christmas morning feeling. You just know as you turn it down something amazing is going to be revealed, maybe beautiful grains and possible images that are begging to be burned in. Your tools are sharp, safety gear on, here you go...nothing could go wrong! As you start turning the clouds part, sunshine streams through and the angels start to sing. It’s going to be a masterpiece! Then out of the blue those same angels start to cough and then double over laughing as the grain starts to show distressing. And not just a little either, but like the whole piece of wood was grated up and glued back together. You just can’t believe it! You did everything right. How could this happen? Now what? Do you scrap the whole thing? Do you finish turning it and hope it won’t be too bad? Maybe you could burn something to hide all the holes, but you know it’s not going to burn well or evenly over distressing. What do you do after you’ve said your peace to those angels?  


On the Lighter Side: Combining 3D Hand-Held Printing, Woodturning, and Fun by Bob Heltman

In recent months I had reason to examine 3D printing machines (see Photo 1, not me). They take an engineering drawing (with dimensions) and convert that within a software package. The software “slices” the drawing object into tiny layers, and the 3D machine extrudes hot plastic (like ABS), or powdered metal, to build the product shown in the original engineering drawing.  Depending on complexity it can take one or more hours to produce the actual product. This process is rapidly growing into what is called “Additive Manufacturing”. This means the product is built from scratch, and not cut or machined out of a block of plastic or metal. 


Meet the Turner:

Gary Zeff, Longmont, CO

Test Your Knowledge:

Tree Trivia

New Products:

  • EZ Basket Weave Illusion Kit from Chefware Kits
  • The new T-60S lathe by Harvey
  • Steampunk Pen Kits from Penn State Industries
  • Remote Power Switch for Powermatic Lathes
  • Wixey Digital Angle Gauge with Bluetooth
  • Robert Sorby - Peter Child Pyrography Machine
  • Vermont Natural Coatings Polyurethane
  • New 13-Inch Bench Top Planer from Jet

Questions and Answers: Tips for Mounting Wood Blanks on the Lathe

Product Reviews: Woodpeckers® Ultra-Shear Pen Mill Ci

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Determining Safe Lathe Speeds
  • Emerald Ash Borer continues its devastation
  • Fall Woodturning Workshops: A Sample
  • Arrowmont Renovations Complete
  • Faculty Exhibition at Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
  • Utah Woodturning Symposium Discontinued
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for July 2019


Making a twisted peppermill by Brian Horais

This tutorial is intended for woodturners who have an understanding of 3-point off-axis turning. Click here to see my presentation notes link for an overview of off-center woodturning. A thorough understanding of 3-point off-axis turning is a necessary first step. You should practice making sample twisted columns before tackling the twisted peppermill. Once you have achieved success with your twisted columns, they should look something like this:



Box with Inset Ring and Undercut Rim by Mike Grady

This small sycamore box features a fitted bird’s eye maple lid set into a walnut ring but other combinations of contrasting woods may be equally attractive. My inspiration for this piece was Cindy Drozda’s Finial Box. She teaches this inset, or inlay, method in her demonstrations and in her hands-on class.



The Penturner’s Corner: Herringbone 360° Segmented Pen Blanks by Don Ward

Last month I wrote about making a herringbone pen blank. While the blank was nice, it was herringbone only on two opposite sides. The other two sides were not herringbone but just curved segments or layers. I mentioned that I am not one who makes segmented pan blanks or turnings but the herringbone pattern has always intrigued me.




Turning in a New Direction — Utilizing your non-dominant hand when turning at the lathe by Sam Angelo

Turning wood on a lathe is a highly skilled endeavor. The learning curve is steep and slippery. Why then would anyone want to add a degree of difficulty by turning with the opposite hand? The option of using your non-dominant hand when turning will add a new dimension of safety and allow you to turn in a more comfortable position. My first experience using my left hand began while sharpening tools. My grinder was in a cramped location that prevented me from sharpening while standing left of center using my right hand. The resulting epiphany was simple; I would sharpen left-handed and not move the position of my body! A seed was planted that eventually grew into a skill that proved useful on the lathe.


Finding Free Wood by Kent Weakley

Finding free wood is thrilling, especially when it is beautiful and saved from destruction. Turning free wood into beautiful pieces makes that free wood even sweeter.


On the Lighter Side: The Joy and Value of a Woodturning Club by Bob Heltman

In the early 2000s I joined my local (regional really) Carolina Mountain Woodturners (CMW) club. It greatly improved my woodturning skills and birthed some fine friends. Around 2012 I dropped out, due to an energy draining operation and civic responsibilities. You are invited check out CMW at I had a goal of turning three “museum quality” turnings each month for show-and-tell at our monthly CMW meetings.


Meet the Turner:

Terry Scott, Auckland, New Zealand

Test Your Knowledge:

Properties of Wood

New Products:

  • Turner's Edge by Robust
  • Modular Woodturning Tool Handle by the Woodturning Tool Store
  • Morse Taper No. 2 Universal Mandrel by Stainless Bottle Stoppers
  • Woodburning Realistic Animals by Minisa Robinson
  • Tipu Pen Blank Center Finder
  • Measuring Cup Kit by Penn State Industries
  • New Craftsman V60 16 Inch Cordless Chainsaw
  • Interstate WoodWorks Beeswax Paste Wood Finish & Polish
  • Clic Magnifying Readers
  • Precision Inlay Repair System for Bowls by Big Island Engraving

Questions and Answers: Tips for Morse Taper Drilling on the Lathe

Product Reviews:  Using Combination Waxes for Finishing — Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Vegetable Oil for Chainsaws
  • Laguna Artisans: Ashley Harwood
  • New TEDx Woodturning Talk
  • New Jersey Woodturners donate to children’s hospital
  • New Digital Circuit Breakers Approved
  • SWAT Symposium
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for June 2019


Turn your own Beer Tap Handle by David Budnik

As more enthusiasts take up home brewing their own craft beer, in-home dispensers for that beer are becoming more popular. After my daughter asked me to make a couple of tap handles for her husband’s man-cave kegerator, it became an interesting, simple and shareable turning project.



Inlaid Rings by David Reed Smith

You can make quite a few interesting patterns by inlaying rings into a reasonably flat area of a project. But I used to have trouble getting them to fit as well as I liked. It’s not all that easy to lay out a ring on a project and even if you get it right, a pencil width is much too much error. I tried a hole saw with the center drill removed but minor errors in tailstock centering would change the ring thickness and diameter. Then it occurred to me that if I turned a dado on the end of the ring stock I could do an ordinary cut/test process and sneak up on the inside fit. Then I could flip the ring stock over and repeat the cut/test on the outside of the ring. The resulting fit would only be dependent on my patience, eyesight, and practice.



The Penturner’s Corner: Herringbone Segmented Pen Blanks by Don Ward

I will start by admitting that I do not make segmented pen blanks. I do not have the patience to cut a pen blank into pieces then glue them back together. But, I do admire those who make segmented pen blanks and other segmented turnings, especially after this entry into segmenting. I will continue to admire and look at segmented turnings but I do not see a lot of segmenting in my woodturning future.




Make a Drop-Point Hollowing Tool by Rick Morris

Over the last ten years or maybe even fifteen years or so, there have been a number of hollowing tools appearing that use a small circular lipped carbide cutter mounted on an angle to the tool shaft. They’ve always interested me, but they cost in the neighborhood of $140 - $165 (for me, that’s an expensive neighborhood), and I didn’t want to risk that much cash on a tool which I wasn’t sure would be an improvement over a bowl gouge. Recently, I decide to take the cheapskate road and build and test one myself.


Binary Random Decision Generator by John Wolf

Life is filled with opportunity. That can be great, but it can also be difficult to make the “correct” decision in order to benefit from that opportunity. Case in point: I usually core several bowl blanks from a section of wood. Several years ago the emerald ash borers swept through my part of the country. Some of those trees became bowl blanks and other turning stock. I cored a 14” diameter piece into three bowls and put them in my barn to dry. I got that nest of blanks out recently and discovered – well, actually rediscovered – that the middle bowl was a bit deeper than intended. This made the largest bowl blank very thin on the bottom. Decision time again. Should I keep the big blank? If so, what should I do with it? I did decide to keep it (just as I did when I was originally coring the bowls out), and to turn it into what I call a "binary random decision generator".


On the Lighter Side: Safety versus Safety and Comfort by Bob Heltman

It is wisely and periodically advised that all woodturners do NOT wear gloves, loose clothing, long sleeved shirts, NOR allow dangling hair strands, long beards, loose wires or string, long ear rings or anything at all that might catch in a spinning lathe because such attire might terribly wound the woodturner.


Meet the Turner:

Joe Herrmann, Rock Creek, Ohio

Test Your Knowledge:

Wide World of Woodturning

New Products:

  • New Assorted Cutter Kit from Saburrtooth
  • New DVD from Curt Theobald
  • African Animal Inlay Pen Kits from Kallenshaan Woods
  • New VerDay Metal Reactive Paint Supplier
  • The Sierra Diverse Ballpoint Pen Kit from Berea Hardwoods
  • Bushing Buddy Organizer by Penn State Industries
  • New Jet 15-Inch Planers
  • Swiss Multi-Tool Tick Remover from Lee Valley

Questions and Answers: Dealing with Shavings in your Hollow Forms

Product Reviews: Woodturning Devices for Your Lungs

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Sinker Cypress
  • Medications and Woodturning
  • Amazon offers outlet for crafters
  • Microjig School Donation Program
  • Wood Symphony Artist Calls
  • Glenn Lucas offers Woodturning Bonds
  • Stolen Tools
  • Call for Demonstrators: AAW 2020 Symposium
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for May 2019


Bowl Turning 101, Choices and Decisions by Robin McIntyre / Clarke Buchanan

This tutorial was created from presentation notes we used for a basic bowl turning demonstration. It is intended to be used as potential content for you as you prepare your own basic bowl turning demonstrations, or as a handout for your participants. However, it should also prove useful to any readers who are still new to woodturning. While there are several ways to make a basic bowl, this presentation focuses on the methods that we feel are likely to be the easiest for a novice turner, with other alternative processes mentioned. We describe a bowl with sloping sides that is turned from start to finish in one session, using a tenon for support, with the top of the bowl blank oriented toward the center/pith of the tree.



Banksia Pod Feature Ring by Al Miotke

Banksia pods are one of those materials that many turners have a love/hate relationship with. We love the interesting look of the final result but turning these seed pods is a different story. This article will discuss how to tame this interesting material while showing my approach to making a segmented vessel that incorporates a banksia pod.



The Penturner’s Corner: Alternative Materials — Aluminum by Don Ward

Most who make pens use wood for the pen barrels. Exotic or domestic hardwoods are the most popular materials used for making pens from component sets, or kits as they are known. The next most popular materials are plastics of various kinds. We use pen blanks made from various resins: polyester, urethane, or epoxy. Many, if not most, are commercially produced but homemade resin blanks are becoming more and more popular with more individuals getting into resin pen blank casting each day.




Making a Jam Chuck by Kent Weakley

The jam chuck is perhaps the cheapest, yet most useful and versatile accessory for your wood lathe. Why? Because you can create a jam chuck from almost any piece of scrap wood laying around and custom design it to fit your exact needs. In this article, we’ll go over what a jam chuck does, how to make one (or several), and how to use the jam chuck. We’ll use the example of how jam chucks work in the wood bowl turning process, but jam chucks also work in other types of woodturning.


Embellishment Caution by Jodi Bennett

Burning; dyeing; inlaying stone, powder, or metal dust; adding texture or metal effects; crackled patinas…the embellishment possibility list is endless! All of these can be beautiful and extremely fun to do, but it’s important to know when too much is, well, too much. As woodturning artists, we all have a creative side and a desire to create pieces that appeal to ourselves and others. We also all have great taste in knowing what’s fun. So let’s be honest, embellishing something we turn is like frosting on a cupcake--and who doesn’t like dessert? Heck, throw some sprinkles on that! It’s not hard to get carried away when we embellish.


On the Lighter Side: Threaded Vase by Bob Heltman

This all started with my December 2018 article on turning a plug for a garden hose when it is disconnected from the house for winter time.


Meet the Turner:

Michael Hosaluk, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Test Your Knowledge:

Lathe maintenance

New Products:

  • Walrus Oil Vegan Wood Oil
  • 3M Light Vision Safety Glasses
  • Rockler Gardening Tool Turning Kits
  • Segmented Vase Inlay Kit from Kallenshaan Woods
  • New Variable Pitch Spiral Master Tool
  • Rikon Variable Speed Grinder
  • Green Wave Sanding Discs from WoodTurners Wonders
  • Extra-Long Adhesive Bandages

Questions and Answers: Removing bark from your turning blank

Product Reviews: Ultimate Sanding Kit, Sandpaper, and Angle Drill

   May 2019

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Wood Only Work (W.O.W.) Exhibition
  • Tee Shirts we Love
  • Fund a Need Program: John C. Campbell Folk School
  • Wyoming Club is a winner in Record Power contest
  • Woodturning Poems
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for April 2019


Turning a Tri-Corner Box by Mike Grady

First, let me start by saying the Tri-Corner box is not my design. If you Google "Tri-Corner Box" at least a half-dozen turners will come up, each with their own version of this project. Here I’m using a method similar to the one presented by Steve Ogle on YouTube. In his video Mr. Ogle credits Bob Hamilton and Captain Eddie Castelin for his inspiration and for the methods he uses.  Okay, let’s get started.



Turning a Pill Bottle Box by John Wolf

Serendipity: The occurrence by chance of happy or beneficial events.



The Penturner’s Corner: Resin Casting Pen Blanks by Don Ward

In the April issue I introduced a casting method adapted from art painting called the “flip cup” technique of casting. I failed to mention that once the cup is flipped and the resin has spilled out into the mold, gently moving one of the stir sticks through the casting can enhance--or not--the outcome of the cast. Using any casting technique takes practice to hone the technique to achieve the desired results. I manipulated the black and gold casting using one of the stir sticks. Actually, the colors I used were blaze orange, Phoenix orange, and pewter.




Oh, My Aching Back! by Janice Levi

New turners learn a lot about how to hold the tool properly to cut the wood, how high or how low the tool handle should be, which tool we should use when... The list goes on. We even learn that we’re supposed to “dance” with the tool—that is, we’re supposed to bend the knees and sway from side to side holding the tool in one position while moving our bodies to make the cut. But, there are some things about our stance that we may not have learned.


Lessons from the Springpole Lathe by John Wolf

I've watched Roy Underhill turn with his springpole lathe and with his treadle lathe. Both seemed like an interesting experience that I have yet to try. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone who has either lathe. Therefore, I don't know where to go try one. I've had a copy of Mr. Underhill's plans for building a spring pole lathe from mostly simple construction 2 by 12 lumber for several years. It doesn't seem like a very big project in either cost or time. Consequently, I decided that now was a good time to make one for myself.
I am not sending plans or pictures of the lathe as the plans don't belong to me.
Plans for the lathe can be found in a few places. One source is Roy’s book, By Wedge and Edge. Popular Woodworking magazine (August 2016) also ran an article by Roy on the building of the lathe. If you have the time and money, you could attend a class and learn to build a springpole lathe directly from Roy. And lastly, here is a Sketchup drawing of Roy's double springpole lathe.


On the Lighter Side: Slab Bowls and More--Part 2 by Bob Heltman

Part #1 of this story dealt with using side slabs from lumber mills to find wood turning blanks. Photo 1 shows the blank used in this follow-on article.


Meet the Turner:

Bill Abendroth, Highland, IL

Test Your Knowledge:


New Products:

  • Saburrtooth Supreme Cutting Bits
  • Ack's Woodturner Abrasive Paste and Polishing Paste
  • Rose Inlay Kit by Kallenshaan Woods
  • Chuck Plate by Jerry Marcantel
  • Embellishing Waxes by Hampshire Sheen
  • Mobile Base Kit
  • WPF Next Gen Sandpaper by Mirka
  • Zip Stitch

Questions and Answers: Staying enthused

Product Reviews: The GluBoost System

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Just add lathe
  • Chesapeake Woodturners and a 200+ year old historic tree
  • AWGB plans tribute to Ray Key
  • John C. Campbell adds more counties to standby program
  • Renowned Wood Art Collector Arthur Mason passes away
  • Is Forest Bathing the Latest Trend?
  • Excellence in Wood Award event
  • Turned and Sculpted Wood 2019
  • National Arbor Day 2019
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for March 2019


Red Mallee Triple or How to Turn a Burl Cap on Multiple Centers by Mike Stafford

One of the more interesting wood turnings that almost always elicits a “How did he do that?” comment is a multi-center bowl turned in a burl cap without disturbing the natural exterior surface of the burl. If you spend any time on some of the woodturning forums you are likely to encounter such a turning.



Turning a Windshield Washer by John Lucas

Sometimes you just gotta have fun with turning. Well actually you should always have fun. I see a lot of new turners and all they turn is bowls or pens. Man, there is so much more you can do with your lathe! Just use your imagination. Tons of everyday objects can be enhanced or improved with wood turning. One example is this windshield washer. Yes, you’ve all seen the ads. I don’t know about you, but it’s nearly impossible for me to wash the windshield on my SUV. And yes, I did buy one of those windshield washers. It broke the first time I used it. I’ll admit the newer models do look beefier. Mine, however, should last a lifetime.



The Penturner’s Corner: Resin Casting Pen Blanks by Don Ward

I have written about casting pen blanks on several occasions and will do so again this month. Casting has exploded among penturners in the past year or so. I think the reason is the free sharing of techniques on several forums such as and the various Facebook penturning and casting groups. Here are a few of the Facebook Groups pertaining to pen making, casting and making pen blanks: Resin Casting; Pen Blank Resin Casting; Pen Turners Group; Pen Turning; Blank Casting with Resin; Resin Casting for Everyone; Labels, Decals, Watch Parts and Playing Cards; and Segmented Blanks and Pens. There are Facebook groups for most any woodturning topic including pens.




Make a REALLY Big Faceplate by Rick Morris

There are several ways to finish the bottom of a bowl, after the exterior and interior have been turned and sanded. You can use a jam chuck, you can use a Longworth chuck, you can use those bowl chuck jaws with the rubber prongs, or if you are independently wealthy, you can use a vacuum chuck. I don’t use any of those. I prefer a REALLY big faceplate.


The Spindle Roughing Gouge by John Wolf

I recently did a demonstration of the Sorby spiraling and texturing tools. I started by turning a piece of wood with grain in spindle orientation. I used the spindle roughing gouge to make the piece round and smooth as the first step. After the demonstration, the lathes were available for people to try the techniques. I noticed that almost everyone used the roughing gouge with the flute held upright and the handle horizontal. That's great – that's just the way it's advertisement says it should be used. What concerned me is that few people appreciated the many other ways this versatile tool can be used to achieve finished quality shape and surface finish.


On the Lighter Side: Making a Thread Chaser by Bob Heltman

My earlier article described how to make a garden hose bug stopper to screw into the female garden hose coupling for winter protection against creepy-crawlies getting into the hose. You know, spiders, worms, etc., whether the hose is stored in one’s garage or left outside. See Photo 1. To make the wood threads on the stopper, I simply screwed the brass female part of the hose coupling onto the wood, followed by filing the markings to make the grooves. This took time and was not perfectly accurate…but…it worked!


Meet the Turner:

Brian Horais, Knoxville, TN

Test Your Knowledge:

Woodturning Acronyms

New Products:

  • New Spiral Master Update
  • Magnetic LED Micro Light by Cindy Drozda
  • Sundstrom Pro Pack SR100 Respirator Kit
  • Five new Dog Inlay Kits from Kallenshaan Woods
  • Tailstock Steady by Jerry Marcantel
  • Update your Rikon 14 Inch Bandsaw
  • Arbortech Mini-Carver
  • Pen Starter Kits from Berea Hardwoods

Questions and Answers: Cracks in Wood

Product Reviews: Lathe Tools

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Hardwood lumber availability will tighten
  • New Exhibit at Messler Gallery
  • 2019 Design in Wood call for entries
  • Do you know your State Tree?
  • Malcolm Tibbetts delivers TED talk
  • Beech Leaf Disease
  • DeWALT recalls drills due to shock hazard
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for February 2019


Turning a Bowl From Spalted Maple by Rick Morris

I recently was given several maple logs that had been sitting in a friend’s yard for some time – I’m not sure how long, it was at least six months, probably a good bit more, considering the degree of spalting. Follow along with me as I recreate the process I used to turn one of those logs into a bowl in this photo tutorial.



Cupped Jewlery Holders by Robin McIntyre

This project combines both end grain turning and spindle turning to challenge your turning skills. You can make the shallow bowl small or larger, make the finial as simple or dressy as you like, and embellish or dye the turning if desired. The possibilities are endless! 



The Penturner’s Corner: Making a Baseball Bat Pen from a Slimline Kit by Don Ward

I once made a closed end baseball bat pen. The pen was made using a kit for a cricket bat purchased from a supplier in England. They were popular kits but unfortunately the have been discontinued by the vendor. They are still available from the manufacturer but the minimum order quantity of 500 makes them unavailable from most vendors. I look often and no one is selling them. How I wish they were still available! I have a picture of a couple of these pens on my website. Here is where the story begins.




Production Turning: Concepts, Methods, and an Example by John Tarpley

I consider myself a production turner. Many of you are part-time turners who concentrate on bowls and “one off” creations. I think everyone can learn from production turners by using production techniques to make turning more enjoyable. While I do not rely on my turning jobs for my total income, they do provide additional support and allow me to participate in the local crafts tradition. I live in an area where many families made their living from crafts and some do today. I don’t find repetitive turning to be a chore. I find it relaxing and realize that like any work it has its own challenges and rewards. I have a line of items that I market to area shops that are made in production runs. I also enjoy commissions for items such as awards for groups or thank you gifts for conventions or special occasions. These commissions range from as few as ten items to as many as two hundred. Additionally, I do architectural turnings. These can be single items or production runs.


Cutting thin strips by John Wolf

At a recent club meeting we had a discussion about cutting thin strips of wood to be used as accent lines in segmented or staved work.


On the Lighter Side: ANOTHER approach to making a Pencil Holder by Bob Heltman

Earlier I wrote about using old walnut wall plaques to make a pencil holder, which was lost when shipped to a friend’s daughter, and the making of a second pencil holder as a replacement. AND, that in the center of that 2nd unit I drilled a hole so a pen or pencil would stand up in the center; ideal for that favorite and most used writing instrument.


Meet the Turner:

Tim Yoder, Tulsa, OK

Test Your Knowledge:

Wood and alternate turning materials

New Products:

  • New Flute Master Updates
  • Faceplate System for Live Centers from Best Wood Tools
  • Cat and Mouse Inlay Kit from Kallenshaan Woods
  • New Bottlestopper Mandrels by Stainless Bottle Stoppers
  • The Turner Turbo Wonder Inertia Sander by WoodTurners Wonders
  • Introducing Iridium and Novastar Abrasives by Mirka

Questions and Answers: Working with Sandpaper

Product Reviews: Working Center, #1 Cygnet Hollower, and Adjustable Hollowers

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Hands-On Woodturning Retreat
  • Nova adds new product videos
  • 2019 Utah Woodturning Symposium Postponed
  • Staff writer Mike Stafford recognized
  • AZ Carbide enters international marketplace
  • Harvey announces price increase
  • The Ten Best Woods You’ve Never Heard Of
  • Arrowmont announces death of Barbara Dillender
  • BoxMaster to Manage Operations at D-Way Tools
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for January 2019


Making a Two Tiered Spice Carousel by John Tarpley

Several years ago we purchased some plastic turntables to more efficiently store items in our kitchen cabinets. We used a two tiered one for spices and herbs. The unit allowed us to store many jars of spices and herbs in a relatively small space. However, it did have a few problems. First, because the space between the two tiers was relatively small, it was difficult to place and remove taller jars from the lower tier. Second, the lip on the tables was very short so it was possible to push jars off the table if the table became crowded. This meant jars fell off the back of the tier and become stuck between the turntable and the cabinet wall. Recently the upper tier of this unit cracked after years of use. I decided to make a replacement unit that would be sturdier and more elegant. Being a frugal, translation, cheap person I decided to reuse the turntable portion of the plastic unit while designing the carousel to allow me to replace that turntable with a standard metal lazy Susan unit if the plastic one breaks at some point.



Turning Small Laminated Bowls by Dennis Daudelin

I enjoy turning small items on the lathe. I enjoyed it even when I had a large 24” swing lathe and still do now with my small 12.5” swing lathe.



The Penturner’s Corner: Polymer Clay by Don Ward

I have a funny story to tell. It wasn't funny when it happened but it soon became an expensive lesson ... and yes, funny. I don't normally do any pen work in the house. I had sold a fountain pen and the customer wanted an 18K gold italic nib for calligraphy. So, I purchased one to upgrade his pen. OUCH! When the nib arrived I installed it into the pen and inked it so I could test the pen and the special nib. All worked well. I removed the front section, took it apart and placed it in a cup of warm water to clean out the ink. I did this in the kitchen where I rarely do pen stuff. You will soon know why.




Preventing Catches through Tool Control by Lyle Jamieson

I often hear turners refer to catches as if they are normal: “Everyone gets a catch now and then” they say. I disagree! I frequently discuss tool control and the four different cuts I use: push cut, pull cut, scrape cut, and sheer scrape cut. If you use these cuts properly, catches will be a thing of the past. Here are the basics of each of the cuts and when I use them. Let me talk about these cuts in a bowl first.


Sap Defects in Cherry – Catch City by Steve Reznek

Woodworkers know that the wood we get often has defects, particularly if we cut our own blanks from trees. The bowl shown above is from a cherry crotch (the rim is tiger maple). If you have worked with wild cherry, you know that you often get black lines highlighting the grain structure. The B arrow points to a typical one. The lines can add interesting features. Occasionally the black feature is larger than a line. In this case there was a three-dimensional glob, about 3/8” in diameter, that was located just above the spot marked A. For a comprehensive look at various wood defects, see the article “Understanding and Working with Wood Defects” by Ron Smith ( The type of defects where the growth rings separate are call shakes. The one labeled B is a ring shake.


On the Lighter Side: Bridge Bowl(s) by Bob Heltman

When I started woodturning it was to do it well. Then it was to do three “museum quality” turnings for show-and-tell at my wonderful woodturning club ( During those days, I came across a remarkable book about “doing art” and the two authors said to stop performing one’s art to please others, or some standard, or even for sales…and to turn to please one’s self!  WOW!  I’ve done that ever since…for the most part. True, doing a file handle for friends is pretty much standard work.


Meet the Turner:

Toni Ransfield, Phenix City, AL

Test Your Knowledge:

Know Your Magazine

New Products:

  • The new Revo 12/16 from Laguna Tools
  • Variable Pitch Tool By Flute Master
  • Cigar Humidor Turning Kit from Rockler
  • Ice Cream Paddle from Rockler
  • Spike Plate from Amy Grigg
  • Soft Starter for Power Tools by Raymond Innovations
  • Dinosaur Inlay Kit from Kallenshaan Woods
  • Speedhorse™ by Bora Portamate

Questions and Answers: Best cutter bar size for hollowing

Product Reviews: Trigger Style Airbrushes

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Smoky Mt. Turners help Children's Hospital
  • Resolution: 100 vases and bowls
  • Penn State Industries Recalls Quick Change Jaw Chuck Systems
  • Ron Kent passes away
  • Women in Turning EXCHANGE
  • Turned and Sculpted Wood 2019
  • Anderson Ranch Artists in Residence Program
  • Turners' Consort
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for December 2018


Make Your Own Dedicated Negative-Rake Shear Scraper by Rick Morris

Shear scraping is a great way to get a better, smoother finish on a turned item. I always shear scrape as my last tool use on the outside and inside of a bowl (although it’s a bit trickier on the inside). For years I’ve used a large round scraper for this, holding it at a 45-degree vertical angle to get the shearing action. I thought that there had to be a better way.



Making Finials by Mike Grady

My finial design includes four elements: the tip, the stem, the onion, and the pedestal. I stay with one design at a time. This way I’m able to judge the shape and size without much measuring and my muscle memory is in sync with the shape I’m trying to create.



The Penturner’s Corner: Rotating Pen Holder by Don Ward

The holidays are over and I really do not want to make any pens for a while. Making pens for the last two months for personal gifts as well as pens for several yearly customers has been a chore. Nor, do I want to write about making pens.




Embellish your Turnings with an Inexpensive Laser Engraver by Bob Pace

Many turners are looking for different ways of enhancing their pens and calls. One way is to offer the ability to add engraving to personalize each turned item with engraved names, logos or whatever the customer wants. Until recently this was something that was out of reach of most of us due to the high cost of laser engraving equipment. One option was to outsource this work to one of the various places that offer an engraving service; however, this can be expensive as well as not always being available when you need it.


Turner Favorites: lathes, tools, wood—and some good advice by Staff

Have you ever wondered what kind of lathe, tools, and wood other turners use? To find out, we took a look at the answers to the questions "What is your favorite lathe/tool/wood?" in the forty-one interviews we have published in our Meet the Turner column since it began in 2015. While doing this research, we also looked at the answers to the question "What advice do you have for new woodturners" and added those recommendations, too.


On the Lighter Side: The History of and Current NEED for Finger Bowls by Bob Heltman

It certainly used to be the case than any properly set dinner table would have finger bowls semi-filled with fresh water.  “Semi” because such bowls are just half filled so when soiled fingers are draped therein, and swished about, dirty water does not get on fine table linens.  Here are examples:


Meet the Turner:

Jeff Hornung, St. Louis, MO

Test Your Knowledge:

Woodturning New Year Resolutions

New Products:

  • New Cat and Dog Inlay Kits from Kallenshaan
  • Titebond Translucent Wood Glue
  • Two-Piece Ring Cores from Craft Supplies
  • Redesigned 22-44 and 25-50 Drum Sanders from Jet Tools
  • The New Orion Line of Pinless Wood Moisture Meters by Wagner Meters
  • Brass and Pewter Walking Stick Medallions by Treeline

Questions and Answers: Dust in the Shop

Product Reviews: The Beaded Bowl