Well it is that time of year again and my daughter is back in the shop with me to turn Christmas gifts for her teachers and a few family members this year. She has I think a total of 8 projects that she wants to make this year. We started on Friday making pens for her teacher and 1 of her Girl Scout leaders who teaches at the same school so they each get school color Lanyard pens. I am so proud of the progress she has been making. I am still doing an initial start on the bla...
Please don’t laugh, I know all of you out there have “real” power woodworking tools. I could not afford the stuff I wanted as I’m just getting started, and I thought a used Shopsmith might be a good way to get going fast. So I bought this 1954 Shopsmith Mark V on Craigslist for $200.00. After I got it home, it promptly started making all kinds of terrible racket, and I discovered that I had bought $200.00 worth of junk, well almost. I found a place where I cou...
Normally one would use well seasoned wood but I have these pear offcuts and decided to turn them green, dry, then touch up as necessary. Started by making and printing a design for a poker style pipe. Cut down a block, glued on the pattern and mounting on lathe. I really had no idea how big it should be so I found a one for sale and copied the measurements. Seems fairly hefty to me but what the heck do I know, never owned or smoked a pipe. In the last pic you can...
As I was tied up at a Craft Fair yesterday my wife and daughter went to the turn for the troops event at the local Woodcraft. They both turned a pen and added it to the package to be shipped. I am proud of both of, most especially my daughter. She is now 7 and has done this event a number of times now. She is getting better on the lathe every time she uses it. Unfortunately there was no picture of the final pens this year. We have plans for a number of turned gifts for her teachers an...
Well, I am still sitting here in the hospital next to my beautiful wife. It was a long night, but the good news is that her pain is under control and that she is getting excellent care. Its really just a waiting game, letting the pancreas decide when it wants to stop attacking itself! Anyway, back to the pantry. I took a side trip to work on the Lazy Susan Tables. Before I go there though I must address one issue. When I am creating something, anything, a thousand things run through my min...
I didn’t quite know where to put this thing? This is for all you wood turners who cannot get enough.My son just found this link, thought I would share with everyone.Now you can sit right at your computer and turn to your hearts content. Web LatheNow if you could only save all your hard work!
For the longest time I have gotten away with not needing a drawknife. Until now that is. A customer wants me to make a bokken which is a wooden copy of a japanese sword. This seemed like a decent excuse to buy myself a drawknife. once i got the tool off ebay I then set about making some new handles from black locust (I always find an excuse to use free wood.) Unfortunately after over an hour of work I screwed up the finish when I tried to install the steel rings that i salvaged from the ...
I’ve posted a blog on my website about a volunteer handle turning project. DanK
For my workbench i needed a tall stool for more accurate work and just a place to rest. This is a descripition on how i made this project. Searching LJ i found these two fine projects:- Having a fascination with all-things-Japanense (having both worked in a sushi restaurant and done karate for several years) these Singer-songrwriters chairs by Junji impressed me.- This post on shop stools by shipwright described a interesting method for dying oak black with steel wool dissolved in wineg...
Please excuse the messy shop. I feel like I spend more time cleaning than woodworking and it’s still cluttered. Disc sander attachment for lathe. 8” MDF disc, faceplate is holly, glued and screwed to disc, tapped to 3/4-16. Part of a holly branch which usually wouldn’t be useful but I drilled out the pith to prevent checking, it dried just fine. Lathe tool holder from PVC pipe. I really like this. Initially screwed directly to the wood stand, I quickly reali...
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