As they say, ‘Necessity is the Mother of Invention’ and you, the woodworker, knows that fact the best. I have a little job where I am going to make 4 finials for a mahogany antique bed. I tried to buy some pre-made finials online but I couldn’t find any that matched the size and the style. Besides, the finials I found were maple and I just don’t want to try to match the finish already in the hole of trying to make maple look like mahogany. I have a set of Easy Wo...
I am a huge fan of the Easy Wood Tool series and have really enjoyed using my full size Ci1 Rougher and Ci0 Finisher on spindle and faceplate projects. I guess the only real gripe is that the EWT cutter heads (while you never need to sharpen them) cost just under $20 each. So, I did some measuring with the calipers and some good old Google legwork and found that Byrd Tool makes a cutter head that is near identical to the EWT version at a fraction of the cost ($2.80 each). I’m sure...
I found in my testing that I need to offset the EWT Finisher from the blank about 1/16 inch. I made a new ‘follower’ using a 1/2 inch washer. This washer offset the cutter all the way around. Using the EWT Detailer that is set to cut equal to the pattern, I make the final pass on the finial. Here are some images of the testing on a finial project. Check out my blog on a great finishing helper using a DVD container. I also have a project with a step by step ...
Developed the method of attaching the template to the base. Simple 1/4” dowels in holes in base and template. Using the tools on stands, I turned the finials. I did use my other lathe to rough out the blanks to round, cut a tenon for the chuck, rough in the square shoulders using a parting tool, and rough out some of the waste with a roughing gouge. I did use the tailstock for safety when turning using the duplicator. I sanded the finials to 220 grit and trimmed off the to...
The control box is done and mounted. I found a few things out the hard way. One was you don’t ground the motor controller. Man, the flash and the smoke! Well, that was a motor controller down the drain. Luckily, I had a spare. Upon a little research, DON’T GROUND THE MOTOR CONTROLLER’S HEAT SINK. The box I bought was aluminum, so I had to isolate the motor controller from the box. Nylon screws, washers and bolts was the solution to the grounding issue. I did ground the alumi...
I went to Woodcraft for the first time ever in order to get some tools so that I can start doing some turning on my new lathe. Couldn’t have picked a better day to go. The entire store was 15% off. Also, when I walked in I saw a group of people standing around a workbench near the entrance. I recognized the dude they were all talking to and realized that it was Rob Cosman, the great hand-tool woodworker from Canada. He’s on YouTube as well. Check him out. Watch the video her...
Before this project, I had never made anything other than pens on the lathe. I had some scrap pieces from an oak pallet and I decided to laminate them together and experiment. I didn’t know what it would be when I started. I had thought maybe do a little Christmas tree, but then it started looking like a candle holder, so I just went with that. I don’t have a chuck, so I just turned it between a spur center and the tail-stock. I can really see the value of having a chuck now...
I got a lathe in June 2015. It’s a Rikon mini lathe. For more on it, watch this video. Anyway, It sat unused until October 2015 when I was finally able to purchase some tools. To learn how to turn, I am starting with pens. I got everything I needed to make pens and have made 2 on this lathe. The first two pens I made were at a friend’s shop. He invited me to check out his shop and showed me how to turn pens. I knew then that I needed a lathe because it was just fun to turn out ...
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