I finally ended up with 6 coats of Arm-R-Seal Poly in semi-gloss, giving it a light sanding after the last 3 coats with a 320 pad. I liked the look, but wanted just a bit more gloss, so I gave it two quick coats of spray lacquer in gloss. Now it’s looks good and the finish is glass smooth mostly. The really nice finish actually highlights some of the small imperfections in the turning, but you have to be looking up close to see them. I tried taking some pics using different lights...
Some time back, members of the Wanapam tribe, here in North Central Washington, bought a couple of my walking sticks. As well, they expressed interest in a unique one I’m currently working on. Meanwhile, the Wanapams opened are really nice interpretive center, which I had the pleasure of touring. In the course of that tour, I saw many photographs of work being done on hides, dug outs, various activities and so on. The visit to the Center inspired to create some of the things I s...
My wife and I visited friends in the Charlotte, NC, area and went to an art gallery in downtown Charlotte.I was blown away when I saw this segmented turning! It has to be 3’ x 3’! Immaculate!!
A friend (and fellow turner) mentioned in church last Sunday that he’d watched a youtube vid of someone using a lathe tool with a curved end for easier access to the inside of a bowl. I had made him a carbide tool last year and he asked me if I thought I could make a curved one. He thought that because I have been using that thick 5/8” aluminum bar stock that I might not be able to bend it. Well, challenge accepted ! Here’s the progression of how it went….. The ...
I’m currently 60% through my build of this (see attached drawing), I designed it myself (I’m a draftsman by trade). I’ve had the sole lazer cut from mild steel, I have the adjustment block, got the thumbscrew and have shaped the wood body. However I need the knobs turning from a suitable hardwood. So I’m calling on the kind people of this forum to help me…. I need of each of you talented guys too do it for me! Now I can either pay you for the service or a...
One of the things that inspired me to make a belt sander was seeing YouTube videos of the Sorby Proedge™ Sharpening system. I struggled with getting consistent edges on my lathe tools and had messed up one of my bowl gouges more than once. I knew that I would not be able to get good results on my lathe unless I got better at sharpening and if it wasn’t quick, easy and repeatable, I would wait longer than I should to freshen the edges. The Sorby Proedge™ system is crazy e...
I like to take pics, so when I took a little stroll through a wood turning exhibit this morning, I snapped a few. All of images should be linked to larger versions, should you want to see them a lil’ bigger. Not sure what this was made out of, but it was probably my favorite piece at the exhibit – Mango (left, with keys) and Milo wood (right) – These had an almost stone-like translucence – Wormy – Norfolk Island Pine – I thought that ...
My son asked me to make him a chess set. I used his request as a long awaited excuse to buy a lathe and learn to turn wood. This chess set was my first experiment. There are 7 videos so far in the series. Pawns: https://youtu.be/UkUebt6lGNc Rooks: https://youtu.be/QbpCcqfV40w Bishops: https://youtu.be/U2gRbqZxhAo Knights: https://youtu.be/ByJ6N10F7VI Queens: https://youtu.be/gKTjNT9QCb4 Kings: https://youtu.be/_5RzpgGJTsg Finishing Part 1: https://youtu.be/CUl8wjUH...
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