As many of you have seen I do dye on wood. I use the Trans tint dye from Woodcraft. I dye many burl pieces as it helps to bring out the character of the wood. There are many ways to apply dye but I like to put it on right out of the bottle. The first coat is the base coat and it goes on rather strong, out of the bottle. I will let it dry and then go back and sand the entire surface with 400 grit. In doing so I will sand back certain areas almost back to the wood. These will be the ar...
Long Story short…. I started my turning hobbies or Carrier using a inexpensive 80%plastic and 200% made in China lathe form Canadian Tire (local store here in Canada) After developing and advancing in my turning techniques I decided to move forward with a better latheand my choice was the Steel City Variable Speed Midi Lath This lathe was great for me, my turning skill improve to the point that now I was investing in sharpening tools jigs and better turning tools….the dow...
Just a short introduction to version 2 of my router powered lathe duplicator/ copier attachment. This router attachment enables the duplication of existing wood turnings or the creation new woodturnings through the use of a template.
Our local turning club has a raffle every month where club members bring in wood, tools, etc. to be raffled off. Last fall, I ‘won’ a large piece of ash that still had the bark on it but was already pretty dry. I Anchor-sealed it, put in the storage room, and checked the M/C every so often. It finally got down to about 9%, so I decided it was time to do something with it. This blank was big enough to net out about an 11” bowl, but when I pulled it off the circle-cuttin...
Time to finish finishing this bowl. Before parting off make sure the inside of the bowl is finished to your satisfaction. Once parted from the waste block re-mounting to work on the inside gets difficult. Parting the bowl from the waste block is really quite simple. Run a parting tool between the waste block and bottom of the bowl but don’t part all the way off. You don’t want the bowl popping off the lathe at speed and risk damaging all your hard work. I left about 1 1/2...
When I left off, I had completed the shaping process and sanding up to 100 Grit. The trouble with Sanding is that the sanding dust often occludes tool marks. Tool marks that will definitely show once the finish is applied. I have learned to take a step prior to any further sanding or finishing that helps show the tool marks so they can be removed before the finish is applied. I dampen a paper towel with mineral spirits (just enough to transfer some mineral spirits to the bowl’s surf...
With the glue dry and clamps removed, the bowl blank and face plate can be re-installed on the lathe. Something I forgot to mention in my previous entry (because I forgot to do it). Take measurements on all four alignment marks when dry fitting and gluing up to get each disc as concentric as possible. Each disc should be equidistant from the next along all alignment marks. I forgot this step and the largest disc was horribly non concentric when shaping Whether you measure or not the bow...
Change from Stationary tools to Shopsmith Hi To all As a quick introduction Im a Wood Turner or Pen Maker Using the Lathe as my Primary Woodworking tool; Handy ManAnd a DJ,…… Im interested in buying a use in good shape Shop Smith 510520 With Band Saw and Jointer My Garage is primary used to keep the wife car insideThen is transformed into a Mechanics Shop, a wood working shopAnd a Broadcast studio where I make the youtube videos of my turning projects The Garage is well organiz...
With all the rings cut, it’s time to glue up the blank, again, I’m using regular titebond II. First a Dry fit. Note the alignment of the centering lines. Also examine the grain. Now is the time to determine the final look of the bowl. Once the glue is set, there is no going back. You only need glue where the layers meet. But don’t be stingy with the glue either. You want a string glue joint here. Remember to align the layers just like your dry fit. All clamped...
Once the disc is balanced and true. It’s time to start cutting the rings With the tool rest parallel to the face of the disc, use the parting tool to slice off a ring. I chose to make the rings the sames thickness as the board. You can see in this photo where I started my cuts with my thin parting tool. The angle of the cut needs to be sufficient to provide and adequate gluing surface between the rings. First Layer/ring cut off. I went too fast and wound up burning the woo...
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