Prior to today I have turned the outside of seven bowl blanks. Two of these bowls I had turned previously. The remaining five I turned each of their outside curves and shapes waiting to turn the insides altogether. This morning I began turning the inside of two bowls; the ambrosia maple and the Brazilian cherry. The grains of these two woods are very different. The ambrosia maple is much softer and grainy; whereas the Brazilian cherry is almost waxy. It was two very different experiences t...
I wanted more of a fingernail grind on my 3/8 inch bowl gouge. It is a Robert Sorby tool that I like but I had messed up on sharpening it. After taking a Woodcraft sharpening course, I felt I could better use my wet grinder to shape this gouge better. I also watched Sam Angelo, the Wyoming Wood Turner, explain how he shapes the wings on his bowl gouge. I found his presentation to be very instructive and helpful for me. I use Tormek jigs with my Grizzly 10” wet grinder. I bought thi...
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8TZf3psYDM In this video I show you how I built this very simple sharpening station while trying out a few new methods along the way.
It’s a new year and we’re launching a new podcast. It’s called “Behind the Sawdust” and it’s a weekly news style broadcast all about what’s going on in the woodworking world. With stories gleaned from the best and brightest in the craft, and a weekly woodworking tip, tool review and project gallery, it’s a while lot of info-tainment! There’s a bit more about it in the video introduction (yes, we are still going to be doing our homemade ...
I’ve had the great opportunity to watch Paul Seller’s series of DVD’s along with read a lot of Christopher Schwartz’s material and being a newcomer, I’ve come to the conclusion that when most of start out, we tend to over think everything. We have had it drilled into our heads in everything we’ve done up until this point that we must MEASURE everything we do. If I’ve learned anything so far, and I’m glad I’m learning it now, is that MEAS...
Sharpening: Looking close with a USB microscope. #3: Water cooled grind stone (tormek), and Touch-Up of the edge
Looking close at sharpening with USB microscopeWater cooled grind stone (Tormek), and Touch-Up of the edge So here we go again; I have a water cooled grinder and must admit I was happy with this method until I tried the Japanese water stones, the water cooled grind stone system produce a really sharp edge that are sufficient and nothing less for wood working, but compared to the Japanese water stones I feel there are quite a way to go, and so it is time to look closer at the edges. Also...
What do you get when you combine unlimited resources with the greatest woodworking mind ever? This week Stumpy demonstrates the opposite of that… Stumpy turns his Work Sharp 3000 into a super-duper sharpening machine that works without sandpaper and accepts Tormek jigs. Then turns his sarcasm and twisted humor loose on the viewer emails. (Who knew handplanes and popcorn had so much in common…) This is part one of a 2 part sharpening series. Next week we make some fully adjus...
Sharpening station wet grinder (Thormek, Sheppac, Jet, whatever). #1: Fitting Tormek profiled leather wheels on a Scheppac (for dummies)
Fitting Tormek profiled leather wheels on a Scheppac TIGER200S watersharpener. And preparing them for use.Ok some will ask why! And the answer are simple I could not get hold of a Scheppac wheel… So if others are having the same problem:What do you do when you are set up for woodturning, and want’s razor sharp irons, for the job?You buy a watersharpening system, it’s fast and easy, and makes really razorsharp edges.This was all wonderful for me until I realized I c...
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