I saved the design and building of the handles for last. Mainly, because I had no Idea what I was going to do for a handle. All I knew, was I wanted it to be made from wood. I searched through all my design books, and all over the web looking for inspiration. I finally came across Darrell Peart’s website in the Green and Green Style. Now this desk is not in the Green and Green style but I liked the simplicity of the handles on his pieces and thought they would work well with my desk. As al...
So I went down to Springfield MO on Feb 14th to the Grizzly Showroom. Managed not to spend all of my money but sure put a dent in the bank account, but I think it worth it.The man reason for heading there was to pick up m new lathe, I didn’t want to wait for the new G0766 since it has now been pushed out to May 26th. So I purchased the G0733. I gotta say I’m impressed with it overall so far but haven’t done a lot with it yet. Give me a couple weeks and I will post a review o...
Well, it’s Winter here in the UK, and a good time to source some green timber & rough turn some bowls.I’m quite lucky in that I have a few friends who work cutting trees, so getting freshly cut timber isn’t much of a problem, and getting timber that has been cut in the Winter months is probably best if you want to turn natural edge bowls, but is also quicker drying as the sap content is less. Also, the temperature is much lower so that the timber doesn’t dry out s...
After taking a brief break to begin building a sewing center for my wife, I finally had time to get back to the chess set that I’m making. There is a 30 minute video on my channel that does the detail for those interested. But I also did a 4 minute version – the link is here: http://youtu.be/mDWNgDEaaXw Hope you enjoy! This is great fun!
I start out with some 12/4 walnut, and cut 4 legs, making sure I use rift sawn lumber. Using a turning that I made for a template, I turn all 4 legs. Then I start on the joinery. This is traditional mortise and tenon joinery throughout, and I show an easy way to get nice tight fitting tenons. The front bottom rail uses a double tenon while the top uses a dovetail to hold everything together. The most unusual thing in this video is that there a shot where you can almost see me smile! Almost…. ...
I have finally found the time to get back to making videos. Seems like it has been over a year. Feels good to be able to share again: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjRwVZZffCDTQsUXXnzznPCh5GxPksNb6
What happens when you try to make a pen and the top half explodes on the lathe, so you try to make another pen and bottom half breaks when you are “trimming the barrel”...This:
I was needing to make a vacuum chuck for my lathe and didn’t want to use a faceplate or fool with using a nut fastened to the chuck. The quick n dirty is that I used delrin I had laying around, a 4” PVC union, and some weather stripping to make my vacuum chuck. The majority of the process was completed using my wood lathe. For the detailed how to check out my post How to Make a Vacuum Chuck!
Making progress – finished 4 bishops. The link to my YouTube video is here: http://youtu.be/U2gRbqZxhAo Amazing how much fun you can have learning something new! The Knights are next – sheesh – I have no idea how I’m gonna do those yet… Comments and especially suggestions from other turners are indeed welcome! James
Several months ago, Captain Eddie Castelin was experimenting with a video hollowing rig on one of his podcasts. I had had some prior experience with video surveillance equipment, so I decided to do some experimentation. My objective was to use inexpensive, readily available technology to provide a safer, more reliable means of hollowing bowls and vessels. There are several commercial systems on the market that may provide more in the way of functions and features and, depending on your ...
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