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2018

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • SOFA dates announced
  • Top woods to turn
  • Chicago Tree Project
  • MAKING IT airs on CBS
  • A wooden dress
  • Young woodturner wins award
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for August 2018

Tutorials:

Off Center Box - Oak and Walnut by Tod Raines

This little project was made for a Hunt County Woodturners club challenge in February 2018. The night before I turned this I got inspired by the possibility of having a sense of movement in a box. I wanted the box to look like it was on the move and for the shape to evoke a sense of action. Let me know if you get this feeling or sense from this piece.

 

 

Graceful candlestick holder by Robin McIntyre

This project is a fun one for beginners. It is a spindle turning with your blank initially held safely betwen centers. Then you will move to the wood being held in your scroll chuck. The project is fast and easy to make.

 

 

The Pen Turner's Corner: One Piece Slimline Pencil by Don Ward

Before I start this month’s article, I want to go back to last month. I did not have a kit to make a pen to show off one of the Gisi style blanks I made. I now have the correct kit and will show the completed pen.

 

 

Articles:

Woodturners – YouTube Wants You! by Rick Morris

YouTube has a thriving woodturning community. For the last two years, I have maintained a database of YouTube woodturning channels and videos. As of this writing, I have found 716 channels on YouTube that are devoted solely to woodturning. That is a large number of woodturners who are displaying their work and techniques online. I have also found over 23,000 woodturning videos from active woodturning channels, inactive woodturning channels, and channels that are only partially devoted to woodturning (such as woodworking channels). That’s a lot of videos to watch (I’m getting really sleepy, but I’ll get through them).

 

Adjustable Jig Settings for an Ellsworth grind by Mike Lanahan

While holding Turn-n-Learn workshops and a Sharpening demo at our monthly club meeting, the Ellsworth grind has come up several times. David Ellsworth has developed a particular grind for a bowl gouge which he advocates, and he sells a gouge pre-ground and a unique sharpening jig to maintain the configuration of the grind. There is a lot of misinformation on how to get this grind with other sharpening jigs, so what is one to do if they don’t have, or don’t want to shell out $44.95 for a sharpening jig “unitasker” (in Alton Brown terms)?
 
First of all, it is important to note that the Ellsworth gouge is available in either 1⁄2” ($80.63, click here for more info) or 5/8” ($104.99, click here for more info) sizes (if you buying a British brand, you may see 3/8" and 1/2" since they measure the inside of the flue). The gouges have a parabolic flute shape (Photo 1) not “U” (Photo 2) or “V” shaped (see Photo 1 and 2),. You can’t get the same grind on a gouge with a different shaped flute, and it would not perform the same. I’ve seen an attempt to recreate this grind on the wrong flute shape, and let’s just say, it’s not pretty. You may need to physically look down the flute to determine the shape, since many (most?) manufacturers don’t describe the shape of their gouge flutes.

 

Preparing a Log for Key Cuts by Bob Heltman

An unknown neighbor did a great good deed, and when his sainted time comes he will go straight up with no hesitations and angels singing. This is because he dropped off a goodly load of locust logs cut for fireplace size…and also for making bowl blanks. See Photo #1

 

Meet the Turner:

William Prickett, Bemidji, Minnesota

Test Your Knowledge:

Woodturning Terminology

New Products:

  • StopLossBags from Finishing Solutions
  • Carpenter's Pen Inlay Kit by Kallenshaan Woods
  • 301/701 Angle Gauge by Stainless Steel Bottlestoppers
  • Band Saw Wizard from Wizard Jigs
  • Thermal Finger Covers from Treeline
  • Segmented Epoxy Pen Blanks by Berea Hardwoods

Questions and Answers: Adapters and Faceplates

Product Reviews: Ultra-Shear Carbide Turning Tools

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • Fall Woodturning Classes
  • "Topsy Turvy" catalog available for purchase
  • Hunter Tool Systems buying guide
  • Jim Driskell passes on
  • Interesting Facts about YouTube’s Woodturning Videos by Rick Morris
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for July 2018

Tutorials:

Make a Segmented Rolling Pin by Jason Swanson

Making a segmented rolling pin is a fun project that will challenge your turning skills as well as your flat woodworking skills. Follow along with these steps and pictures to create your very own segmented rolling pin.

 

 

Multi-Axis Turning with a Four-Jaw Chuck by Frank Penta

There are a variety of approaches to multi-axis turning that include turning between centers and turning with a self-centering chuck. I prefer to use a four-jaw chuck, because it gives me more turning options. My preferred chuck is the Oneway Talon with number two jaws, though other brands of chucks will work also.

 

 

The Penturner's Corner: Gisi Style Pen Blanks by Don Ward

Gisi style pen blanks have been very popular in the penturning forums, Facebook groups and other places. They have become very popular in the last several months and they are being made by several people, using several methods and sold by many pen-making vendors. Quite often when a pen or blank is posted in an online forum the same question is often asked. Or, at least the question is asked often in the beginning of these blank’s popularity. The question is “What is a Gisi style blank?” I have the answer.

 

 

Articles:

Cupped Carbide Cutters vs Flat Carbide Cutters by John Lucas

There are mostly two types of carbide cutters being sold to wood turners. There are cutters that are flat on top and there are cutters that are cup shaped.

 

Making a plain wood platter more special by Ian Salisbury

Last winter, when it was too cold to go out in the workshop, I looked at some of the wood platters I had made in the summer, thinking about how I could make these into something more special than just a plain wood platter.

 

A Very "Rememorable" Cypress Bowl by Bob Heltman

Nineteen years ago we cleared the land and built our timberframe home. Inside it is oak, and the deck frame of posts, beams, and joists are cypress. Cypress is known to resist rot. Ha!

 

Meet the Turner:

Thomas Komarynski, Grand Blanc, MI

Test Your Knowledge:

What is this?

New Products:

  • Box Tool Rest by Robust Tools
  • Chucky Live Center Adapter by Rubber Chucky
  • Tall Ship Pen Inlay Kit from Kallenshaan Woods
  • Faux Cigar Pen Kit from Arizona Silhouette
  • Ring Cores Now Available in Half Sizes from Craft Supplies

Questions and Answers: How to turn ice

Product Reviews: Carbide Cutters

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • Invasive Trees
  • World's Largest Wood Bowl
  • New Book on Multi-Axis Turning
  • GoggleWorks presents Permanent Residency exhibit
  • Harvey Industries Acquires Bridge City Tool Works
  • Interesting Facts about YouTube’s Woodturning Videos by Rick Morris
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for June 2018

Tutorials:

The “Southwest” Laminated Bowl by Rick Fox

Several years ago, a few members of the Chapel Hill Woodturners began to explore the use of laminations in their turning projects, ranging from candlesticks to lidded boxes, goblets, handles and bowls. In late 2017, Elizabeth Prioli presented the Lamination Group with an idea: glue up a bowl blank using a solid top and bottom, and a core made of striped laminations from various wood species. A source of the inspiration came from the pottery of the Acoma Pueblo of the Southwestern U.S.

 

 

Using Acrylic in your Segmented Turnings by Wayne Miller

In this tutorial, I show how I use acrylic as the raw material for my segmented turnings.

 

 

The Penturner’s Corner: Leather Disk Pen Blank by Don Ward

Well, I do hope that the readers of this column have been trying some of the ideas being offered. I posted a picture of a recent pen from one of my articles on one of the Internet penturning forums. Several versions of it were done and posted within a couple of days and I liked them all. Many improvements were made and even a totally different approach was done with this pen. It’s fun to take an idea and improve upon it.

 

 

Articles:

Make your own nanocarbide shear scraper by Rick Morris

One problem I frequently encounter in bowl turning is torn cross-grain. Recently, I acquired quite a lot of soft maple, and I’ve found that cross-grain tear-out on this wood is almost impossible to avoid. I’ve addressed this issue in the past by shear scraping, either with a swept-back-grind bowl gouge or a large scraper on the exterior of the bowl, and a large scraper on the interior of the bowl. Both tools are effective, but I still end up with some tear-out in the interior of the bowl where the bottom curves into the sidewall, particularly on the soft maple.

 

The Segment Sucker by Mike Lanahan

Cutting segments for segmented woodturning projects on the table saw is tedious, to be kind.  Anything we can do to reduce the time it takes to do any of the steps is appreciated. 

 

A Beetle Bored Bowl by Bob Heltman

In a previous article I described a 50-year-old honey locust tree that fell during a wind storm and wiped out both my electrical power and telephone lines. That wood was cut into fireplace-sized logs and brought up to my woodpile, per Photo #1. As you can see, some pieces were fine and ready to split, yet those chunks on the right were so riddled with beetle borings that they were not even fit for firewood.

 

Meet the Turner:

Miriam Carpenter, New Hope, PA

Test Your Knowledge:

Woodturning and Mathematics

New Products:

  • Woodturner Carver Kits by Saburrtooth Tools
  • Tod Raines Tools from Woodturning Tool Store
  • 2-Inch Brass Discs for Engraving by Rick Brantley
  • The Creative Process DVD by Trent Bosch
  • Acruline 2MT Center by Nova
  • Mega Mate by Jimmy Clewes
  • American Liberty Pen Kit by Berea Hardwoods
  • Rt 66 Pen Inlay Kit by Kallenshaan Woods

Questions and Answers: Wood for Glue Blocks

Product Reviews: New Modular Tool Rest System

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • Burning Man comes to Washington, DC
  • Wood Toxicity and Allergen Chart
  • New owner for inlay business
  • AZ Carbide expands business
  • SWAT adds demo room for pen turning
  • Interesting Facts about YouTube’s Woodturning Videos
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for May 2018

Tutorials:

Turning an Odd Duck by Curt Fuller

I have been turning snow families for friends and family for the last four years.  Each year I try to make some little change to distinguish one year’s grouping from the previous year to personalize the gift for its intended recipient. I turn these snow people from whatever wood I have that is about the right size (Fig. 1).

 

 

The Fine Art of Thread Chasing by Frank Penta

Thread chasing is a wonderful skill to add to your woodturning repertoire. It is fun to do and with practice can be mastered in a relatively short time. Thread chasing will enable you to add threaded lids to your boxes and urns. There are many turnings that would be enhanced with a set of threads in order to make them more functional. Allan Batty produced an excellent DVD on thread chasing that I highly recommend.

 

 

The Penturner’s Corner: The Illusion Pen by Don Ward

Several years ago I wrote about making the pen I called the “Challenge Pen”. Over the years I have written about making several variations of that pen and just last month the challenge pen variation was made using a hunting arrow section for the upper barrel. Eliminating the center band is one characteristic of the challenge pen. Another is moving the join between the two barrels towards the writing tip. The lower barrel’s length can vary in length but mostly I use a lower barrel of 1.25 inches. The upper barrel is then made longer. Experimentation with lengths will help to find the best length suited to one’s taste.

 

 

Articles:

Light Fastness of Colored Wood: A Simple Test by Bill Blasic

Let me first state that I am not a scientist nor is what is being represented a scientific process. Being a woodturner who sometimes uses dyes to color wood, I had often wondered and ran across questions dealing with light fastness of coloring wood. It began with a hands-on with Jimmy Clewes many years ago where we used aniline dyes (have no memory of the brand) on a small piece plus a small hollow form that had gold gilding added to it. This piece was never exposed to direct lighting but the colors slowly disappeared. The gilding is still there but the color faded completely.

 

 

What Should I Turn Now? by John Wolf

I've done a bit of ceramics. Many recommend that you save the first bowl you throw on the potter's wheel and then discard the next 100. It takes practice to gain sufficient proficiency to create art instead of lumps of clay. One of the things I particularly like about turning is that even your first project can be something you are proud to own or to give. A common first faceplate project is a bowl or a simple box. I recently took a box I turned for my mother about 55 years ago to my club meeting. Several said that years of persistence isn't the same as achieving excellence! (You can easily tell when you are among friends – they never miss a chance to make fun at your expense!)

 

 

Making a Proper Toothpick(s) by Bob Heltman

The invention of toothpicks as a tool to pick out various forms of debris from between teeth, dates back into pre-history. Such picks have been made from wood splinters, silver, bronze, bamboo, sharpened iron nails, and in more modern times from plastic. Some picks are decorated.  Most are round, but some are flat.

 

 

Meet the Turner:

Barry Todd, New Carlisle, Ohio

Test Your Knowledge:

Dust Collection Systems

New Products:

  • Pro Hogger Hollower from AZ Carbide
  • 1/4 inch Shank Cylinder Cutter from Saburrtooth
  • Chucky Bull Nose Cone Vacuum Kit
  • Dry Fast™ Wood Drying Agent
  • Drill Chuck by NOVA
  • Upside Down Short Salt/Peppermill Kit by Penn State Industries
  • New Size AXE™ Tools from Carter Products
  • Fidget Spinner Kit by Craft Supplies

Questions and Answers: Home built system, back rest size

Product Reviews: Two New Woodturning DVDs

   May 2018

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • Engineers make wood stronger
  • Art Show: Peters Valley School of Craft
  • Carl's Mobile Woodturning Shop
  • Emil Milan: Midcentury Master wins gold medal
  • Georgia club makes life better for kids through woodturning
  • What was the first woodturning video published on YouTube?
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for April 2018

Tutorials:

Making of the Swirl Vessel by Jim Driskell

The Swirl vessel is a fun project. It is made from a laminated wood blank that you create by sanding each layer to create a lively pattern. I originally got the concept from Julian Roslanowski. I enjoy making this type of vessel since many people cannot figure out how you did it.

 

 

Secrets of Turning Pine by Janice Levi

Although woodturners are often quick to seek out Norfolk Island pine because of its remarkable rings and knots, they are usually not inspired to turn common pine. If it is turned wet, it is very wet, and if it is turned dry, it is very punky. So, pine is tossed aside in favor of maple, pecan, walnut…. In this article, I hope that by introducing a few simple techniques, pine will become as pleasurable to turn as any other wood. The end results are so dramatic and the “secrets” are so easily applied that any turner can accomplish the task.

 

 

The Penturner’s Corner: Arrow Shaft Pen by Don Ward

Remember the “Challenge” pen I’ve written about a couple of times? (See The Pen Turner's Corner: A Slimline Modification: The Challenge Pen, May 2017 edition.) How about the pen made from gluing leather disks together? Did anyone notice any similarities between these two pens?

 

 

Articles:

Remote Demos offer a Great Option for Club Demonstrations by Dave Hulett

I became addicted to woodturning only four years ago, having spent 30 years selling computers for Compaq, DEC, and Hewlett Packard. The Central Arkansas Woodturners club (CAW) in Hot Springs, Arkansas and has been around since 1998 and has had a solid consistent membership. But we are a small club with about 50-70 members so our budget isn’t as big as a club in a major metro area. CAW’s history had been to bring in an outside turner once a year, usually in the fall for a two-day weekend workshop. We’ve had over the years many excellent presenters and teachers: Jimmy Clewes, David Ellsworth, Alan Lacer, Trent Bosch, Molly Winton and others. These workshops have been excellent and we draw people from surrounding areas who are not club members. However, at a cost of $1,500 to $2000, it uses up almost our entire annual budget.

 

 

The Golden Ratio by Steve Reznek

What makes a pot or re-curved bowl have a pleasing shape? There are a couple of “rules of thumb” that are discussed in a great book: Richard Raffan’s Turned Bowl Design. I think five are important. Of course, you can make a great looking object that violates any of the rules. But if you stick to these rules you will always be okay:

 

 

Pencil Holder #2 for Sarah by Bob Heltman

Last month, I wrote about a pencil holder that I made for a friend’s grand-daughter early last year. Here's a quick summary of that article for those who missed it.

 

 

Meet the Turner:

Matt Harber, Highland, MI

Test Your Knowledge:

Truth or Fiction?

New Products:

  • Measuring Spoon Kits by Penn State Industries
  • T. Shadow Magic Turning Tools by T. Shadow & Co.
  • XL Chuckies by Rubber Chucky Products
  • New Bottle Stopper Mandrels by Stainless Bottle Stoppers
  • Can Cooler Project Kit by Craft Supplies
  • Two New Pen Kits from Berea Hardwoods

Questions and Answers: Tool Rest Positioning

Product Reviews: Multi Center Chuck

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • New Woodworking School opens in Tampa, Florida
  • Climate change affects woodlands in the northeast
  • Master List of All Lathes with Spindle and Morse Taper Sizes
  • Product Recall: Electric Chainsaws
  • Center for Art in Wood Announces New Director
  • NEW HORIZONS Woodturning Exhibition
  • Collectors of Wood Art Survey
  • The Most Viewed Woodturning Video on YouTube
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for March 2018

Tutorials:

Reproduction Antique Stethoscopes by Mike Stafford

Inspiration for a turning project can come from some of the most unlikely places. All turners find inspiration at symposia watching demonstrations and by touring the instant gallery. Club "show and tell" presentations often inspire us to try different things. And, of course, visiting online websites offering turning discussions and pictures provides many ideas for new projects. YouTube is filled with hundreds of turning videos.

 

 

Turning Off Center Ducklings by John Wolf

One of my friends gave me a box of small cut-offs that were too good to throw away. So what to make with them?

 

 

The Pen Turner's Corner: No Press Pen Kits by Don Ward

Ever had this happen? You purchase an expensive pen blank such as clear cast snakeskin or polymer clay blank. Or maybe the purchase was a laminated or segmented pen blank. After turning, sanding, and polishing, the blank is ready to be assembled into a pen. As one of the hardware pieces is pressed into place, you hear it. Then you see it. The blank cracked from the pressure exerted when the part was pressed into place. I hate when that happens to me or I hear from someone who has experienced this.

 

 

Articles:

Some Thoughts on High Gloss Finishes by Steve Reznek

High gloss finishes have a number of disadvantages. They take a lot of time. And I mean a lot of time. Many of the turners that I know use friction polish and complete their sanding and finishing in about five minutes. Forget that! Another problem is that high gloss finishes lose their gloss over time. Like any piece of fine furniture, turned pieces require touch ups every once in a while. I guess you should think about pieces with high gloss finishes as art, and not as anything useful. So, do you warn your customer or assume that the fading will be so slow that she or he won’t notice? Of course, you could assume that the customers would have the good sense to wax the thing every year or so.   

 

 

Deer Antler Box by Dick Veitch

The antler used for this project is not part of a normal shed deer antler which has a central part of dried blood vessels. It is the part left behind when antler at the velvet stage is harvested from farmed deer. The button that remains on the head of the deer, usually 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches long, becomes solid bone with the normal coronet around the base. This button is shed by the deer at the time of year when they normally shed their antlers. This project aims to have the coronet as the rim of the box bottom.

 

 

Off-Center Pencil Holder by Bob Heltman

Becky at our Crab Creek Community Center asked if I might make “something” for her granddaughter, Sarah, from old commemorative wall plaques.  So I did and she shipped off a pencil holder made of rounds of walnut cut from a couple plaques, then glued together.  A couple months passed; the shipper lost the gift!  A couple more months and it was still lost, so I promised to make another one.  After all, what are friends for?!

 

 

Meet the Turner:

Holly Denney, Mansfield, Ohio

Test Your Knowledge:

What's in a name?

New Products:

  • Simple Parting Tool by Harrison Specialties
  • New 2-inch and 3-inch Buffing Pads by Woodturners Wonders
  • Barracuda 6-Jaw Lathe Chuck by Penn State Industries
  • Geta Ballpoint Pens from Berea Hardwoods
  • 1/8-inch Shank Power Carving Starter Kits by Saburrtooth Tools
  • The PM2200 Cyclone Dust Collector by Powermatic

Questions and Answers: Bedan use

Product Reviews: The Double 9 D

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • New Woodturning Books
  • Laurel family trees in danger
  • Open call for exhibition proposals
  • Traveling Exhibition
  • Maine Wood Award Winners
  • Price Roll-back at Marc Adams School of Woodworking
  • Free Shipping at Rockler
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for February 2018

Tutorials:

Turning Stone by Guy Michaels

Like many others, I had my first turning experience in high school but then work, life and family took priority. I was lucky that I was able to get back to the lathe when I was 29. I soon started selling my wood turnings at art festivals. However, I kept looking for a way to make my turning unique and appealing. On a whim, I tried a piece of alabaster stone, and I have never turned back. I’ve now been a production stone turner for the last 25 years.

 

 

The Basics of Casting with a Two-part Resin by Sam Angelo

The origins of turning on a lathe may go back a few thousand years or more. This history is neither complete nor definitive in every respect, especially in identifying the first material ever turned--which may or may not have been wood. Four or five thousand years ago Egyptians turned alabaster, basalt, and granite. So the earliest evidence of a lathe-turned object is most likely stone, not wood. To put it simply, wood rots, is destroyed by fire, and by its very nature does not last very long in a harsh environment.  

 

 

The Pen Turner's Corner: One-Piece Perfect Fit Convertible by Don Ward

I have written about making one piece pens using twist ballpoint kits such as the 7mm slimlines that use Cross® style refills. One-piece pens can also be made using twist ballpoint kits that use the Parker® style refill. The cigar pen is one I’ve written about making. My favorite twist ballpoint using the Parker® refill is the Perfect Fit Convertible sold by Berea Hardwoods and Berea resellers (https://tinyurl.com/ya2pugs8). 

 

 

Articles:

Painted Natural Edge Bowls by John Lucas

Have you ever started a bark edge bowl and had trouble keeping the bark on? Maybe the blank was too old, or bugs got into the cambium layer, or maybe you just got too aggressive with the gouge and tore it off. Happens to us all. Early on after having this problem I learned to either color the edge with a permanent marker, or burn the edge. Of course you had to remove all the bark to do this. In this article I will show you the techniques for removing the bark and what I think is a more unusual and maybe better alternative to burning. 

 

 

Making a Square to Octagon Gauge by David Reed Smith

This is admittedly a specialized project. But if you often turn face grain mounted work from square stock (such as salad bowls, or in my case, drop spindle whorls) it can save you time. For face grain work less than 8” in diameter it’s sufficient to bandsaw off the corners rather than saw the stock to a disc. For small discs it’s often easier to saw an octagon than to cut a circle, particularly if you routinely keep a monster blade on your bandsaw. Guessing at how much corner to remove can result in extra turning work or undersize discs.  The STO-Gauge (Square To Octagon) lets you quickly mark the corners for removal and also mark the center of the square. You only have to set the slide on the gauge to the size of the square on a scale.

 

 

Creating your very own Dibble/Whacker by Bob Heltman

The dibble, according to one source, was invented by Charles Waistell, of High Holborn, London, around 1811.This device is also known as a "dibber" or "dibbler", and was probably invented thousands of years earlier by an unnamed farmer who used a marked stick to plant bulbs at a proper depth.

 

 

Meet the Turner:

Nigel Howe, Berkley, MA

Test Your Knowledge:

Woodturning 101

New Products:

  • Bowl Turner's Tool Rest by Rockler
  • Box Scraper by Cindy Drozda
  • Beall Wood Threader 3.0
  • The New NOVA App
  • Parafix 3408 CA by Parson Adhesives
  • Origin by Shaper Tools

Questions and Answers: Turning structurally unsound wood

Product Reviews: Travel Pack

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

News:

  • 2018 Wharton Esherick Museum Competition
  • Call for entries: Design in Wood Exhibition
  • Ornament Challenge Update
  • TV's Handcrafted America features pen maker
  • Opportunities for Educators
  • Folk School open for 2018 registration
  • Legendary woodworker passes on
  • Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for January 2018

Tutorials:

Turning a Nostalgic Oil Can by Dennis Daudelin

I was inspired by Sam Angelo’s article in More Woodturning Magazine’s April 2017 edition titled “Exploring Color with Metal Reactive Paint”. Sam showed how to use the new metal reactive paints (VerDay Paint) from Ten Seconds Studio to embellish some turned bowls and hollow forms. The colors available are brass, copper, bronze and iron. I really enjoyed seeing the different patinas that were possible with this system, and wanted to apply this finish to something different than Sam’s bowls and hollow forms. So, I noodled over ideas on what to turn. I tried to think of an item that is made from metal but is round enough to be turned on the lathe (out of wood) and then embellished to make it look like metal. So, I came up with a “faux metal” turning.

 

 

Baseball Bat Pens by David Budnik

I was looking for a simple turning project that I could use at demos and have something inexpensive enough to give away. Steve Walsh taught me how to turn these baseball bat pens at Sun-n-Fun RV Park in Sarasota, Florida and they turned out to be ideal for my purpose.

 

 

The Pen Turner's Corner: Pen and Pencil Set by Don Ward

This month’s pen, actually pens, well, actually a pen and pencil set, will accomplish several objectives. The pen and pencil set will be made using maple flooring from the basketball court at the high school gym where I taught. The gym was destroyed by a severe storm in 2003 and I salvaged a few hundred feet of the figured maple boards before they went to the dump--70,000 linear feet sent to the landfill. I sure wished I’d had a place to store it! The boards are 1” thick, tongue and grooved flooring. The gym was built in 1962. The maple flooring is yielding beautiful pens and I’ve sold several to former students who played in the gym on that floor. So, one objective of this month’s article is to make readers aware of free wood or wood that has some sort of historic or sentimental value. Be on the lookout in your community for buildings being torn down, trees being trimmed or removed, and other sources for wood that would otherwise be taken to the dump. I’ve made pens from bowling pins, baseball bats, furniture pieces, a couple’s first Christmas tree, 35 year old tree houses, barn beams, wooden golf club shafts, trees from various local government buildings, wood from other buildings, and similar sources. I just recently cut 100 bowl blanks from mesquite trees pushed into piles to make way for a new housing development. The pieces I trimmed off when making the bowl blanks made another 125 pen blanks. Be sure to obtain permission before harvesting.

 

 

Articles:

How to Dry Green Wood - Microwave Oven Process by Paul Rohrbacher

Some wood turners rough turn a great quantity of bowl blanks, seal them, and stack them to dry over many months to years. Wood that is very slowly dried from the outside into the inside shouldn‘t crack: however, when green wood is exposed to the air, the outside wood dries and shrinks faster than the inside wood, thus the wood cracks.

 

 

How to Sharpen a Scraper and How it Works by John Wolf

I recently had the opportunity to visit with a tool maker and sharpening expert. I agreed with his views on things until he started talking about scrapers. His view is that scrapers work because of the hook edge – the burr. This doesn't hold up well and therefore need to be sharpened after about 45 seconds of use. A quick light touch to the grinder is all that is necessary to sharpen the edge and recreate the burr.

 

 

Creating a Spaceship Top by Bob Heltman

An article or two ago I wrote about a triple purpose combo turning that makes a top, a tree ornament, and a wine bottle stopper – the OrnasTOPper.  That experience propelled me into this creation, a rotating spaceship top.

 

 

Meet the Turner:

Bill Bulloch, Griffin, GA

Test Your Knowledge:

What wood is this?

New Products:

  • No Press Pen Kits from Penn State Industries
  • Carbide Teardrop Cutter by AZ Carbide
  • Pen Blank Cutting Fixture by Tim Geist
  • Wireless Speaker Kit by Rockler
  • Three New Curved Tool Rests from Nova
  • New Arbor Press from Berea Hardwoods

Questions and Answers: Turning green bowl to a thin wall and finish

Product Reviews: Pen Blank Cutting Fixture

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher

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Tutorials:

Stone Inlay in Woodturning by Robert Bley

As we know, there are so many ways of embellishing our turnings. Using stone to decorate our turnings or even fill cracks can add a beautiful new dimension to our projects. In this article, I will share with you a few different ways and techniques to utilize stone in your work. Note: throughout this article, whenever I refer to stone, this also applies to other materials like abalone, mother of pearl, mica, metal filings, pewter, coffee grinds, wood dust, bark, Corian® and a host of other filler options. Sometimes your piece stands alone and does not need any embellishment. However, sometimes adding stone can take a simple piece to a new level.

 

 

Designing and Turning Laminated Handles by Frank Penta

Designing and turning laminated handles for utensils can be very exciting. There is an infinite combination of wood colors, character, and veneers to mix and match to create interesting designs. I have found that laminated handles are not only fun to turn, but sell quite well.

 

 

The Pen Turner's Corner: Alternative Materials for Pens by Don Ward

Most of the articles I’ve written have instructed how to make a particular pen using wood as the primary material. There are other materials that can be used to make pens. Although wood is my favorite, I do make pens from various plastics, antler, and my favorite non-wood pen material is snakeskin over cast with polyester resin. Although snakeskin blanks are available from several sources, I can control the quality of the skin, the resin used and the encapsulating or casting process when I cast the blanks myself.

 

 

Articles:

What Steel Gets Sharpest by John Lucas

This is a debate that goes on forever. Ever since I started wood working, people have been arguing about which steel gets the sharpest. Thirty-five years ago it was pretty well accepted that high carbon steel would get sharper and carbide simply would not get to a keen edge. Well, things have changed. I recently heard someone echo the statement that high carbon steel would get sharper and particle metal steel would not get sharp. Well, I was pretty sure that might not be true anymore. A few years ago I did a test on skews and how they are ground. I didn’t plan it that way, but it turns out I had skews made from all sorts of steels. They all seemed to take an edge well enough to shave hair. This led me to doubt the earlier statement. So I set out to see if I could prove it one way or the other.

 

 

An alternative chucking method by Dick Veitch

When cutting the chuck bite off the bottom, hollow forms of the shape shown here can be held in a vacuum chuck or pressed to a large cup chuck by the tailstock. If the body of the work has been textured and pierced, a vacuum chuck will not work and tailstock pressure may be too much for the remaining wood. Gluing the piece into a cup chuck is an option, but glue may mark the decorated surface or break fine filaments of the work. The method shown here has been developed to reduce the possibility of breaking and leave less marking on the finished surface.

 

 

Sloped Rim Bowl by Bob Heltman

First, put a medium sized zip lock bag in the pocket of every pair of pants you wear to a hardware or home improvement store. When at such a store go to the key making location, find the staff person in charge, and ask if you might have some of the brass cuttings from key making. Most times they will be glad to help you.

 

 

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New Products:

  • Viceroy Tools by Hunter Tool Systems
  • Elbo Lathe Extension for Short Bed and Mini Lathes by Tim Yoder
  • Sanding Sleeves by Saburrtooth
  • Rikon 4-Piece Carbide Insert Woodturning Set
  • Stainless Steel Tableware from Craft Supplies
  • Mobile Base for your Lathe by BoraTool
  • Atracia Family Pen Kits by Berea
  • Pearl Topped European Ballpoint by Berea

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Product Reviews: Viceroy Tools