Every year in Mid January I go to this little Fiber arts show and vend. I make Crochet hooks, Yarn bowls and a bunch of other stuff as well.One of the things I make is called an Inkle Loom. They are used to weave long straps for a number of uses, Google it you’ll get the idea.The version I make has 10 pegs on it and I am currently building 3 of them. Since driving an hour and a half to pick up 5/8 Oak dowel rod didn’t fit into my schedule I decided to turn the dowels. Thirty piece...
Fooling around this evening, I cut off a length of maple that the road crew lopped off our curbside tree a few years ago and put it on my turning set up. Having recently watched a few videos on the ‘This Woodwork’ channel, nee ‘The Teen Woodworker’, I decided to try making a honey dipper. It’s still a little rough. When I showed my wife she said it was huge. Oh well. It was just an experiment anyway.
After conspiring for some four years I finally saved up my pennies for the Grizzly G0602 metal cutting lathe. Had fun rigging it into my basement and began the process of disassembly, inspection and cleaning all the cosmoline off of it. These Chinese lathes are priced low enough for hobbyist to afford, but require a bit of TLC, as there are lots of burrs that need filing and grit to clean up in order to get everything moving smoothly. With the lathe weighing in at over 400 lb...
I had it in mind for some time now to rig up something on which I could do some small wood turning. The photos above and below show the result of that. I have some bugs to work out yet with this set up. The drive end wobbles a bit under pressure while cutting. I’m thinking I could add some support to the shaft of the drive spur to help stabilize it. I also think I need a sharpening day. I just used my straight mortising chisels. They work after a fashion, but I think they...
[Above] This is the first wood turning I’ve ever done. I don’t know what it is. I was just fooling around with something I lashed together. [Below] The object sitting on the tail stock of my lash-up lathe. [Below] And here is the object still in the lathe. [Below] This shop made lathe is a synthesis from two video woodworkers. I first saw the (to me) doable build from Cosmas B in this video. Then Jack Houweling made a drill powered lathe and showed me a gre...
Bought a new mini lathe a few weeks ago. Tried turning a long long time ago in high school, and have been wanting to try again for a long time. I’m going to attempt a complete chess set. I have a lot to learn, but feel up to the challenge. The link to my YouTube video is here: http://youtu.be/UkUebt6lGNc Comments and especially suggestions from other turners are indeed welcome! James
I am making some wooden handles for some harbor freight 6 function screw drivers for Christmas gifts. I made the first one from Walnut and the second one from Cocobolo. Yes I understand that cocobolo is a little nice for $2 hardware but I had this wood around for a long time and it sure does make a great handle! Please check out the video and comment I love the interaction ! Thanks!! Chris How to Make Wooden Handles for Screwdriver
A friend of mine is closing out his shop and GAVE me the above mini-lathe. I turned a small spindle just for giggles as it was my first use ever with a lathe, turned out just fine. Yesterday I tried another blank and whenever i put the tool to the wood the spindle stopped turning and it was all the way up (3700rpm). That was odd. Is it the 1/3 hp motor is that weak? I was using a brand new Easy Tools rougher (the mini). I’ll probably only use this for pens and other small it...
Here are three pens I turned for co-workers over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. The first two pens are gold in color 30cal Bolt Action Pens. The next three are Patriot pens. The Patriot pens are new to the market and make a very pretty pen once turned. The last two are also new to the market. The last two are Western style pens, also very nice looking pens.
Latest Windsor Chair video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QM9X5RZ77I
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