So after working with wood for the past two years and landing a few commissions here and there building dining room tables, I heard that there was a gentleman who went to my church that wanted to meet me. His name is Don and he is 83 years old. Of course, I was extremely intimidated from the get go because he had, I was told, been a furniture maker his entire life. Finally after missing him several weeks in a row, I met him at a dinner function. We got to talking and showing e...
My wife and I visited friends in the Charlotte, NC, area and went to an art gallery in downtown Charlotte.I was blown away when I saw this segmented turning! It has to be 3’ x 3’! Immaculate!!
I really enjoy woodworking and especially hand tool and turning. I really like to make small lathe tools for detail work. I use HSS in different sizes depending on the tool I need or want to make. In this picture from left to right, point detail tool, 1/4” point and round nose scrapers, 1/4” round skew, 1/4” double ended three point tool, small Allen wrench hollowing tool, 1/4” fluteless gouge. In this picture from left to right: 3/8” three point tool ...
A friend (and fellow turner) mentioned in church last Sunday that he’d watched a youtube vid of someone using a lathe tool with a curved end for easier access to the inside of a bowl. I had made him a carbide tool last year and he asked me if I thought I could make a curved one. He thought that because I have been using that thick 5/8” aluminum bar stock that I might not be able to bend it. Well, challenge accepted ! Here’s the progression of how it went….. The ...
A few years ago I purchased a used Jet 1642. It has been and is a great lathe with very little trouble until recently. I noticed I had began getting some noise that was different and I was having trouble with getting smooth surfaces. At first I just excused it as just a bad day for tool control, however it slowly kept getting to me. I began checking things on the lathe. No play in the spindle, but noise. I decided that it was a bad belt so I ordered one. When the belt arrived I began the proc...
I recently purchesed a few pieces ofold arn. A walker turner lathe, powermatic pm 50 6 inch jointer, and a belsaw 12.5” planer, $600. Here are a few pictures of the lathe and jointer after cleaning up a little. I haven’t started on the belsaw planer yet will update on that one later.
Check out two new saws that i have recently received and also turn some decorative eggs for the upcoming Easter Holiday.
One of the things that inspired me to make a belt sander was seeing YouTube videos of the Sorby Proedge™ Sharpening system. I struggled with getting consistent edges on my lathe tools and had messed up one of my bowl gouges more than once. I knew that I would not be able to get good results on my lathe unless I got better at sharpening and if it wasn’t quick, easy and repeatable, I would wait longer than I should to freshen the edges. The Sorby Proedge™ system is crazy e...
So after talking to the owner of the salvage store for a little while he let me go down and pick the basement where all of the items from his estate buy outs go before they put them on the sales floor. I was floored with the amount of stuff that he had down there. Picture a room the size of a football field filled with boxes, trunks, shelves and crates FILLED with amazing stuff. I picked for about 2 hours and found everything we like from vintage, rare Stanley #18 Sweetheart plane, a Stanley ...
My son asked me to make him a chess set. I used his request as a long awaited excuse to buy a lathe and learn to turn wood. This chess set was my first experiment. There are 7 videos so far in the series. Pawns: https://youtu.be/UkUebt6lGNc Rooks: https://youtu.be/QbpCcqfV40w Bishops: https://youtu.be/U2gRbqZxhAo Knights: https://youtu.be/ByJ6N10F7VI Queens: https://youtu.be/gKTjNT9QCb4 Kings: https://youtu.be/_5RzpgGJTsg Finishing Part 1: https://youtu.be/CUl8wjUH...
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