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2017

May 2017

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • In Memoriam: Liam Flynn
  • Giant commemorative platter
  • Patent issued for Black Hole Dust Catcher
  • New Woodturning Vendor - Woodturning Tool Store
  • New use for coat hangers
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for April 2017

Tutorials:

The Toy Soldier's Wife by Dennis Daudelin

I recently turned a toy soldier. It was my entry into my local woodworking club’s annual 2x4x8 contest. Based on the rules, I was only allowed to use a single 2x4x8 for the piece. It took me a while and several layouts to create my design. I had to make several glue-ups and then I turned, sanded, and painted the soldier. He is one foot tall.

 

Turning an Acorn Birdhouse by Frank Penta

An acorn birdhouse makes an attractive mantle or Christmas tree ornament. It can be turned from a variety of contrasting woods and enhanced by gluing a small bird on its perch. I also use laminated wood to make them colorful. See the photos at the bottom of the article. I spend approximately one hour turning the birdhouse, from roughing out the blanks to buffing the finished piece.

 

A Slimline Modification: The Challenge Pen by Don Ward

I often get the question, “What pen should I make next since I’ve made several slimlines?” My answer is always something to the effect that if all you’ve made is slimlines per the instructions then you have not explored all the slimline kit has to offer. Yes, other kits can be modified or customized but not like the slimline. The slimline kit is an excellent kit for customizing or modifying. It is very forgiving and versatile. Skills and techniques learned from experimenting with the slimline kit can be transferred to other kits.

 

Articles:

Taking the Puzzle out of Pen Decals by Raymond Sprouse

Personalizing a pen dramatically changes the appearance and value of the pen. Simply adding that little extra something changes that pen from a writing instrument, to a treasured personal item. In this article, I will demonstrate my method of adding decals to a pen. These decals can have names, logos, and pictures. With a little imagination, the sky’s the limit. This process is simple and requires little more than an inkjet or laser printer and some water decal paper. In this article, I will create a decal and add it to a buckeye burl pen blank on a Magnetic Graduate pen kit. Also in this article, I will show some other decal pens to give you a better idea of what can be done with this technique.

 

Turning a Saturn Box by Dick Veitch

With its spherical shape and the slanted angle on the rim, this "Saturn box" design adds interest and fun to a typical box project.

 

When a traditional home shop no longer works by Staff

Life keeps changing, and we know we have to “go with the flow”. But what if those changes involve having to give up a traditional home wood shop? Maybe we make the decision to downsize and move to a condo. Or we decide to become snowbirds and spend a good part of the year in warmer climates, in housing that does not include a woodshop. Or maybe we just decide it is time to put the cars in the garage! Many creative woodturners have found ways to keep on turning. Larry Fox took his shop with him when he traveled. Beth Ireland took her woodturning classes on the road. Other turners have found arts and craft collaboratives that offer space for rent, and many snowbirds have sought out communities with shared woodshops. Here’s a look at five of these unique solutions.

 

Meet the Turner:

Gene Kelly, Sacramento, CA

Test Your Knowledge:

Segmented Woodturning Quiz

New Products:

  • Koozie Kits from Woodcraft
  • Brass Threaded Inserts by Rick Brantley
  • Stop Block Enhancement by Flute Master
  • Survival Ballpoint Pen by Berea
  • Woodburning Realistic People: Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Perfect Portraits of People
  • Pocket Duct Tape from Lee Valley

Questions and Answers: Sharpening a skew

Product Reviews: The Drozda Cygnet Mini-Hollower Tool

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April 2017

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for April 2017
  • Arbor Day is April 29
  • NICHE Magazine Announces Finalists for Woodturning
  • Call for entries: Wharton Esherick Museum Woodworking Competition
  • 2017 POP winners at the Gallery of Wood Art

Tutorials:

Turn a Bag Clip by David Reed Smith

A bag clip is a utilitarian object that from an economic standpoint makes no sense at all to make yourself. No matter how trivial a value you place on your time, for the value of making one of these bag clips you could buy a bagful of plastic clips. Or stop by an office supply store for a bunch of binder clips. Or, for that matter, get by for free by saving the rubber bands that hold bunches of broccoli together (yes, of course you should eat your broccoli).

 

Turn a Pot-Maker for the Gardener in your Family by Andy Kuby

With the beginning of gardening season at hand, getting a head start on your seedlings should be a priority. Here’s a time-tested appliance that makes seedling pots from ordinary newspaper.  You could buy one on Amazon, but why not be ecologically responsible and make one yourself from the recycled wood in the back of your shop?

 

Stabilizing Wood at Home using Cactus Juice by Don Ward

This month, I want to explain how you can stabilize wood at home. I will often stabilize soft woods, spalted wood, and punky pen blanks which makes otherwise useless pieces of wood quite suitable for pen making. Some of the nicest blanks I have used were really soft punky or spalted wood pen blanks. It is really nice to have a system to use in my shop that will make these blanks useful and beautiful without having to send them to a commercial stabilizing company.

 

Articles:

Exploring Color with Metal Reactive Paint by Sam Angelo

Several years ago I discovered VerDay Paint offered by Ten Second Studio. Their paint system allows you to create surfaces that have a patina that looks like brass, iron, copper, or bronze.

 

A Wavy One-Winged Bowl by Dick Veitch

For your first one-winged bowl I suggest you start with a block of medium density wood about 2 x 3 x 8 inches. This should be a perfect rectangle or the feet may end up uneven.  Future variations may utilize different shapes or include natural edges.

 

How to Keep your Lathe Alive by Angelo Schembari

This set of procedures originally appeared on the Hudson Valley Woodturners website. Our thanks to author Angelo Schembari and club president Jeff Knichel for permission to share it with our readers.

 

Meet the Turner:

Harvey Crouch, Corpus Christi, Texas

Test Your Knowledge:

Who's Who in Woodturning

New Products:

  • Mother of Pearl and Crystal Calcite Inlay from Imaginlay
  • Worldwide Woods, Ranked by Hardness Poster
  • Fireman Pens from Berea Hardwoods
  • Mega Square CBN by Woodturners Wonders
  • Band Saw Tension Gauge by Monarch Industrial
  • Set of Three Carbide-Tipped Turning Tools From Lee Valley

Questions and Answers: Thin Spindle Turning

Product Reviews: The NOVA DVR XP Control Panel Upgrade

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March 2017

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Woodturning Workshops
  • Woodturner Exhibitors at the Smithsonian Craft Fair
  • Wood Art Expo announces 2017 winners
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for February 2017

Tutorials:

Multi-Generation Laminations by Al Miotke

If you are looking for a segmenting challenge, give a multi-generation feature ring a try. Starting with a simple lamination followed by good planning, and precise cutting, the possibilities are endless. The second generation design shown above will be explained in detail along with the tools and techniques required so you can create your own unique designs.

 

Making a Segmented Stave Box by Jason Swanson

Many of you know that I make peppermills from segmented staves. I demonstrated how to do this in a previous More Woodturning Magazine article (January 2016). Typical of many woodturners, I save all my cut-offs rather than throwing them out, knowing that someday I can come up with a useful purpose for every one of them. Today, I'm going to make a turned lidded box from one of the peppermill end cuts.

 

Turning Closed-End Rollerball and Fountain Pens by Don Ward

Last month I explored several ways to hold a pen blank, with a blind hole, from which to turn a closed-end pen (Click here to read the article). This month I will explain some of the ”behind the scenes” planning needed prior to turning Rollerball and Fountain Pens. I will discuss things such as the blank’s length, the holes to be drilled and how long they should be, and other nuances of turning a closed-end pen. The drilled hole must not only accommodate the pen tube but also the rollerball refill, the cartridge or the converter for a fountain pen. The hole for a fountain pen is the most forgiving but the hole for a rollerball must be spot on for the rollerball refill. Then, I will chronicle the actual turning of a couple of closed-end pens.

 

Articles:

A Woodturning Retreat by Staff

Most of us have had the pleasure of attending a woodturning symposium, workshop, or class. We look over the various catalogs from the woodworking schools, check out the events listings here in More Woodturning Magazine, and look forward to attending a symposium or two each year. But wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to travel to have a multi-day learning event?

 

Commissionaire Box by Dick Veitch

This box was adapted from Chris Stott's Commissionaire Box, which is Box 40 in his book Turned Boxes: 50 Designs (see photo 1). In his book, Chris says the name for the box came from an observation by the person who drew the plans for his book (Alan Neal). Alan said the profile looked like a commissionaire's hat. Judge for yourself from the two photos below!

 

New CWA President: John Beaver by Staff

Editor’s note: If you have been turning for a while, you most likely know John Beaver.  John has received many awards (including a coveted first place Niche award in 2012 and 2015), has taught at several of the well-known woodworking schools, conducts workshops and demonstrations at clubs and symposia across the country and internationally, and is the author of many published articles. He has contributed to this magazine in two ways: first in a “Meet the Turner” artist profile in September of 2015 and again as the author of one of our most popular articles: “Photography and Woodturning: From the Specifics to the Inspirational” in our August 2016 edition.

 

Meet the Turner:

Keith Gotschall, Salida, Colorado

Test Your Knowledge:

Wood Species

New Products:

  • The AXE: New Carbide Turning Tools by Carter Products
  • New Concave Cutter with 1/8 Inch Shank from Saburrtooth
  • Spot On Double Stop Caliper from Woodturners Wonders
  • Vacuum Cone Sets from Rubber Chucky
  • New Jet 1836 Drum Sander
  • Revolver Pen Kit from Penn State Industries
  • New release: Woodturning Techniques--Furniture and Cabinet Making
  • Knives you can lose from Lee Valley

Questions and Answers: More on Sanding

Product Reviews: AXE Carbide Turning Tools

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February 2017

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • Woodturning teachers may be eligible for free AAW Symposium registration
  • 2018 Norway Woodturning Cruise--Now Booking
  • Gift Idea
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for January 2017

Tutorials:

Turning a Turkey Pot Call by Mike Stafford

Woodturners sometimes get asked to make unusual things when people learn of their hobby. Such was the case when a friend to whom I owe many favors mentioned in conversation that I should try my hand at turning a turkey pot call. I told him I didn’t know the first thing about turkey calls. I don’t hunt and haven’t hunted in almost 50 years. I don’t have anything against hunting; it is just not something I do.

 

Turning a Square Laminated Plate by Frank Penta

For many years, I have used 4/4 (1 inch thick) wood to turn lazy susans and recently acquired more aesthetically pleasing 4/4 wood. I got to wondering what else besides lazy susans could be turned with 4/4 wood. I discovered that turning square plates with thin wood inserts and strips of lamination was a fun and exciting way to use my 4/4 wood. The wooden plates have been very well received.

 

Closed-End Pens by Don Ward

Turning closed-end pens is usually one of the steps one takes to start getting away from strictly kit pens. Closed-end pens are one way to start modifying kits to make them a bit more unique.

 

Articles:

Woodturner's Widows Assistance Program by Staff

Have you ever glanced around your shop and wondered how your spouse or kids could ever deal with all the tools, the stored wood, the equipment, and the unfinished projects when you pass away?

 

Finishing Bowl Bottoms by Dick Veitch

There are multiple ways to hold a bowl on the lathe to finish the bottom. In this article, we show you five popular methods using a variety of devices that can be made or purchased for this work. With the bowl securely mounted, further enhancements to the bowl foot are possible. Some suggestions are v-gooves, carving, texturing with tools like the Wagner, Elf or Sorby or even something fancy like a 3-legged foot (see below for instructions and see the photo above).

 

Weeping over Weeping Cherry by Bob Heltman

In all my born days (of woodturning) I don’t recall a more difficult, almost miserable, type of wood to turn than this log of weeping cherry! What happened was that my woodturning reputation began to get around, locally within our Crab Creek Community Center. So, Wayne J. brought a 4 foot long log, about 11” in diameter over to my studio one day...complete with ends freshly painted to prevent splitting. “Helen A. wanted you to turn some bowls for her” he said.

 

Meet the Turner:

Joey Richardson, Lincolnshire, England

Test Your Knowledge:

Woodturning Safety

New Products:

  • Adding Spice to your Woodturning - 20 Salt, Pepper and Spice Shaker Projects for Woodturners
  • Kaizen Foam for Organizing your Turning Tools
  • Cygnet Tool by Cindy Drozda and Mike Hunter
  • Long Hole Drilling Set
  • Sacred Geometry – a 16th Century Coloring Book
  • The Woodturner’s Journal

Questions and Answers: Laser Systems for Hollowing

Product Reviews: Flexible Point Drive Center

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January 2017

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • Trade Restrictions on Rosewood
  • An Ode to the Woodturner
  • Arrowmont announces 2017-2018 Artists-in-Residence Program
  • Woodturning Company Sold
  • Call for entries: Design in Wood 2017
  • Important changes to Arrowmont scheduling
  • Artist and Maker Business Bootcamp
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for December 2016

Tutorials:

Turning a clock with router inlays by John Lucas

In the last article I wrote for More Woodturning Magazine, August 2016 (click here to read the article), I explored making clocks using drilled inserts to mark the clock face. In this article I will show you my method for using the router to add inlays to the clock. I use the router to add inlay to many projects but it is especially nice for clock faces. I will also add a little bandsaw carving on this clock.  I have always been impressed with the way ferns look in the early morning, all curled up. I also like the shapes of snail shells. I wanted to add that kind of shape to this clock to add a little interest and take it away from the normal round clock.

 

Segmented Bowls Using Dados and Splines: “V” Grooves and Fillers by Steve Reznek

In the last article I wrote for More Woodturning Magazine, October 2015 (click here to read the article), I showed various approaches to using a table saw to cut dados in a board and splines to fill them. As that article said, the reason for using this approach to segmenting, rather than the usual one on n-sided rings, is to display the beauty of the grain in a single piece of wood. As such, the technique favors working on horizontal shapes, rather than vertical.

 

Turn a Pool Cue Pen by Don Ward

In July 2014, I was asked by Barry Gross to assist him with his class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Barry called one of the pens we made the "pool cue pen". Although it did not look like the classic pool cue, the shape was tapered like one.

 

Articles:

Woodturning Safety by Staff

Whether woodturning is a fun and creative hobby or a full-time job, it is important to pay attention to safety issues. One small mistake or a bit of carelessness can lead to life-altering consequences. Let’s all make safety a priority for 2017 by taking a look at these suggestions provided by Craft Supplies USA.

 

A Square Bowl by Dick Veitch

Have you been intrigued by the square bowls you've seen others make? Here's the process I use to create mine.

 

Pencil Holders by Bob Heltman

Over the years, whenever I had a scrap of wood on hand, I’d make a pencil holder. One of these has sat on the side table next to my TV-watching La-Z-Boy recliner.

 

Meet the Turner:

Todd Halleman, Newberg, Oregon

Test Your Knowledge:

Work-Holding on the Lathe

New Products:

  • Mate Undercut Hollowing Tool from Jimmy Clewes
  • DVD: Revelations in Hollowing: 25 years of Refining the Process from Trent Bosch
  • Dove Tail Carving Burrs from Saburrtooth
  • Two New Pen Kits from Berea Hardwoods
  • Pen Display Case from Woodcraft
  • Internal Door Knob Kit from Alan Lacer

Questions and Answers: Sharpening angle for bowl gouges

Product Reviews: Woodturner's Angle Gauge

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