http://youtu.be/aRlhNQ3UNsg In this video I show how I build three paper towel holder using a design by Winfried Wondel….and the time it took to complete this simple little prodject!
I got started in woodworking about six months ago when I brought home a small log that was cut from a much bigger log off a black mulberry tree down the street that has fallen apart due to age, its own weight and who knows what else (but yields gobs of incredibly sweet fruit) As I stripped the bark and saw what was inside, I was mezmerized. This is a very old tree and yielded gorgeous wood. One thing led to another, and I began in earnest to amass a hoard of wood from anywhere I cou...
This turner not only knows his trade but is very quick about it.Too bad about the amount of waste but not much choice there.I like the use of the chainsaw. http://www.youtube.com/embed/LgsDWb0orSQ?rel=0&hd=1&egm=0&modestbranding=0&theme=light&autohide=1&iv_load_policy=3&cc_load_policy=0&showinfo=0&showsearch=0
This is assembly day … one by one, I assemble and test the pens. I use a pen press I bought a couple of years ago from Grizzly. Note the numbered wooden blocks being used for spacers. This pen press actually has a Bristol Lever (ratchet handle) that can be used, but it got cracked at some point, and broke while I was just starting to assemble a batch of pens, so I knocked out the wooden spacers to get by until I could get a replacement. No local suppliers stock metric levers and knob...
The first order of business is to clean up the ends and mill the blanks. Here, another jig comes into play. The polyurethane glue oozes out and bubbles on each end, so I load three pens (6 blanks) at a time into my little milling jig, clamp the package into my end vise, and go after them with my pen mill. Note that the pen mill is a cutting tool, and must occasionally be sharpened. I sharpen mine about every 25 or so pens … sometime more depending on the stock my blanks were made of....
The first time I turned a pen, I think it took me a little over three hours. That was in a class with 11 other students and a very patient instructor (THANK YOU, Duane Hill). The next couple of pens went a little quicker, and as my skills improved a bit, I became more confident. So much so that when the local AAW affiliate I belonged to back then undertook a commitment to turn pens for active duty troops serving overseas, I decided to step up to the plate and do my part. It was then tha...
It’s hard to believe that after two years of very hard work Dennis Zongker and I have finally received word that the book is at the printers… Working with Dennis has been filled with learning, laughing, and stressing over deadlines and in the end worth every second of it. Dennis has worked many hours and through all that he has managed to keep his head up high and not loose sight of his goals. He always pushes so hard and his dream was to one day be able to write a book. Well h...
Shopsmith Vs Delta 46-460 Lathe Rev 1 After years of research I decided to add to my tool collection a Mark V shopsmithwith several updates like extended table, Table legs Band Saw and Jointer. During this past 2 weeks I have been working in the Restoration or cleaning of my Shopsmithand now it was time to put it to the test As a Pen Turner the important thing are : Accurate Drill Press and Flexibility power and speed controlon the lathe plus several other variables The Delta 46-4...
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...
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