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 ...
Had a fun trip to wood store. Did some welding and was able to turn a bottle opener. Check out the Vlog and subscribe for weekly videos.
Instructions for making functioning and decorative fireplace bellows: Feb. 9, 2004 (Up-dated Sept. 2016) I have made well over sixty of these. I developed this process and pattern from a carved bellows I bought in Norway in 1984. The decorative inlay process is explained in another blog of mine. Wood can be any kind that you like to use. Needed is about 30 inches of 1×8. One half-inch thick wood will also work if you can find it. I have used Oak, Cedar, Pine, Waln...
Boy and Girls, This blog is to supplement a project I penned earlier, regarding Lathe disk sander with micro adjustment. Please click on the link to read about the micro adjustment feature of the brains behind the underlying mechanism. Just a quick memory twister…. This table was designed using Sketchup and here is a link to it for anyone interested. Again I have not provided measurement as everything depends on the person undertaking the build and their respective timber and hardw...
Making a mallet on the lathe with some laminated oak and cherry. YouTube link. SUBSCRIBE! NEW VIDEOS ON TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS
This mallet was fun to build! It was 3 completely different processes to make each part of it. This was also my first time working with plastic (LDPE) as a medium. I have absolutely no practical use for this thing… I just thought about it one day and it sounded like fun to make! View on YouTube
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