There was a lot of interest in this part so I’m adding another blog entry. In the past I’ve used guitar string: burns nicely but abrades the line so it isn’t very dark; bailing wire: gets too hot and scorches the wood around the line and leaves a heavy carbon deposit that can flake off; and even copper wire: conducts heat so efficiently that it doesn’t work. Then awhile back Captain Eddie mentioned burning lines with plastic laminate (Formica). So I stopped by th...
I always forget to take pictures so it goes from mounted on the lathe to nearly done. I knocked the corners off on the tablesaw. The bandsaw would have been my first choice but mine only has a carbon steel blade and ipe can damage carbon steel. I only have 2 types of turning tools, carbon steel (cs) and carbide (note to self: really need to get some HSS tools), so it was carbide on the head and c.s. on the maple. The ipe machined nicely but carbide tends to tear out more than steel so ...
The handle is 2 pieces of 4/4 maple about 2×12 inches. The head is 4 pieces of 4/4 reclaimed ipe about 2.5×7 inches. Getting the ipe flat without a jointer was trial and error. Hand planes dull after a few strokes and I didn’t want to risk my planer knives, so it was a matter of using the table saw and skimming a little at a time until the pieces were reasonably flat. “Reasonably” meant a little more clamping pressure than usual but at least with ipe you donR...
Thought I’d post here a little about making a ‘segmented’ or glued-up gavel. First few pix show the glue-up and clamping. (And people, (non-wodworkers-wives-co-workers), wonder why us lumberjocks always need more clamps!) Then turning the handle: And then turning the head of the gavel. I leave my handle tenon about 7/8 inch on large gavels. I drill the handle tenon (1/4”) and insert 2” piece of steel rod or carbon fiber to reinforce it at th...
Received the y axis THK rails yesterday—just in time for the weekend. I was able to mount them and begin assembling the y axis carriage.As soon as the rack and pinion arrives I’ll be able to make the motor mount box and start focusing on the z axis plate. The y axis rack and pinion gears are stuck in Chicago almost a week already. Not sure what the hold up is.The cable drag chains arrived today from the east coast with no issues. The chains themselves came as thre...
Simple yet useful project. Once again I go to the lather for a time of therapy! Please join me for this simple project of a Ear buds spool. http://youtu.be/N9MEZTFUrKo
Sunday I went to Woodcraft and used my Christmas gift cards and purchased the Rikon low speed grinder and the Wolverine Jig with the Vari Grind attachment. I have been trying to turn on my Shopsmith for many years with the tools that came with it and using the books that came with it. I was never happy with the projects I made, well the pens I made turned out good and I have managed to sell quite a few. I was trying to sharpen my tools with the disc sander and a belt sander with poor result...
I usually just finish the chess pieces one at a time. I wanted to be able to get a good smooth finish on them like you do on the lathe but still be able to turn another piece without having to wait for them to dry in between coats.This is what I came up with. I drilled a 1/4” hole into 3/4” dowel and inserted a 1/4” dowel to chuck in the drill. I drilled a 3/4” hole in the holder and used a round file to ream it out so there is enough play to let it spin freely. After ...
Fun and fast project. Love making these! Chris http://youtu.be/6QwGmSh6bXQ
I’ve had the pleasure of watching fellow LJ’er William learn the art and techniques of turning. He has produced some amazing pens, that someday I can only hope to emulate. Upon seeing his early pens, I had a thought of a pen without a center band. Sure enough, he posted one and has made several since then. To see his turnings & pens, one must read thru his As The Lathe Turns blog... You see, I’m not a fan of the skinny center band with two bulging “ellipses...
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