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So I’m down to making gifts for the nurses at my doctor’s office. I rarely visit the office for a “Sick Call” but I do take care of their computers. It’s always an inconvenience for the nurses when I have to interrupt their routines, so I try and make up for it by making each of them a little something every year. My sister gave me this idea a couple of years ago when she gifted me a turned scoop and I’ve been meaning to make some ever since. I had some ...
I am trying to make a similar segmented turning as the one originally done by Bruce Meldrum (from a YouTube video).I am using maple and walnut.There will be 16 layers glued to the center core. The concept is fairly easy but cutting the angles on the table saw is challenging. I might have to figure out howto use the bandsaw to cut the remaining layers. I haven’t been able to find any information to describe how the original piece was made. This will be a “learn as you g...
Turning holiday ornaments is a fun and easy way to make gifts for all those people on your holiday list. This video walks you through the process of making a cool little snowman. https://youtu.be/-s7riGdwPd8
I did not have the proper hollowing tools for deep vases and I did not want to spend over $200, so I made them.Steel was purchased from a local steel supplier, handles were junk pipe and scrap aluminum from work, purchased the cutters on line, and hose from a hardware store. Fortunately I have access to a mill and metal lathe at work which made cutting the steel much easier than with a hack saw.The long, straight hollower is about 32” longs and the handle is removable. The swan neck t...
Picked up what people on Lumberjocks here like to call a ‘starter lathe’ but they clearly come from a very different economic background than I do. Yes that pile of zinc die cast doo dads was an upgrade itself from the previous cobbled up bits of scrap 2×4 and stove bolts. My question is the tailstock is difficult to move, it workes and I can move it, but in my mind I should be able to loosen the nut and it should glide back and forth, instead it ’s more like mo...
It’s been a while since I posted under this topic. As some of you know my daughter has been in my shop with me working on things since she was about 4 years old and she turned her first pen at that age as well during a “Turn for the Troops” event. She is now 10 and not working as much in the shop but does find she like to have her workbench still and does still like to turn. She decided (with very little pressure) that she wold accompany me to the Virginia Woodturning Sympos...
I made this jig which holds or “captures” your hollowing tool when turning on the lathe.The instructions are located at this website: Carlford.us Search under “jigs & tools”. Instructions arepart of the “small hollowing tools” pdf file. My jig is not completed; I need to purchase a couple of compression springs.The big benefit of this jig is it prevents your hollowing tool from being jerked out of your hand. If you have arthritis, this is a big re...
Here’s a new video I did making a candlestick holder: https://youtu.be/pQFplkntzAA
I have made Christmas gifts in my woodshop the past two years. This year I intend to turn gifts on my small lathe which itself was a gift from my neighbor James Warner. His wife Susan told me that he would have wanted me to have it. So I will be turning small bowls and small lidded boxes this year. What you see here is my practice piece turning a lidded box. I am using a scrap block of Douglas Fir. This piece is large enough so I can make and fit a tenon into my four jaw chuck. Can ...
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