So after working with wood for the past two years and landing a few commissions here and there building dining room tables, I heard that there was a gentleman who went to my church that wanted to meet me. His name is Don and he is 83 years old. Of course, I was extremely intimidated from the get go because he had, I was told, been a furniture maker his entire life. Finally after missing him several weeks in a row, I met him at a dinner function. We got to talking and showing e...
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...
Before this project, I had never made anything other than pens on the lathe. I had some scrap pieces from an oak pallet and I decided to laminate them together and experiment. I didn’t know what it would be when I started. I had thought maybe do a little Christmas tree, but then it started looking like a candle holder, so I just went with that. I don’t have a chuck, so I just turned it between a spur center and the tail-stock. I can really see the value of having a chuck now...
I got a lathe in June 2015. It’s a Rikon mini lathe. For more on it, watch this video. Anyway, It sat unused until October 2015 when I was finally able to purchase some tools. To learn how to turn, I am starting with pens. I got everything I needed to make pens and have made 2 on this lathe. The first two pens I made were at a friend’s shop. He invited me to check out his shop and showed me how to turn pens. I knew then that I needed a lathe because it was just fun to turn out ...
No Bull! —My neighbor was pretty impressed when I told him I’d entered a bowl in the County Fair—until he realized it wasn’t spelled “B-U-L-L”. Still, I did all right. I think the prize money is $5. I’ve always told my wife that someday my woodworking would pay off! (Original details of this project were posted on 7/22/15.)
Picked up a slab of Cyrus at the Habitat for humanity for $10.00 for this beauty. What should I do with this; any ideas? A friend of mine had a Poplar tree go down so he cut me some nice disks – 6”-8”&12” disk.
Split turning leg on a lathe Rescued Maple I may bleach the table when it is ready for a finish. It may be an end table I am doing a talk & demo to Professional Woodworkers Guild of Upper New Jersey on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, The discussion will center on design, joinery techniques. I will bring some models & some finished pieces of furniture. You Tube link https://youtu.be/VOLDOCzt37I Link to information about the meeting http://www.meetup.com/Professional-Woodworkers-...
I’ve been cutting wood for years and saving the cherry burls in my barn. I have about 18 of them ranging between 8 inches to 36 inches, mostly 10 to 15 years trying. I can send pictures for serious buyers. I also have 16+ cherry boards 6 to 10 feet long, 3/4 thick planed in 6 to 12” widths that have been drying in woodstove heated basement for many decades. Time to get rid of it. I live in NW Massachusetts. Please email me if you want further information. PaulNkingd...
One cool thing I saw at the Handworks event was this guy using a Treadle Spring Pole Lathe. His name is Jarrod Stone Dahl. I have a link to his website in the video’s description on YouTube. Anyway, I shot this very short video of him. I am also trying some new things with my YouTube videos. Please let me know what you like or don’t like about it! Thanks!Charlie View on YouTube
I built this extended jaws fixture for holding bowls while finishing their bottoms a few months back. It has worked well for me when I had only eight of the tapered holding buttons. The problem was removing the extended jaws and the holding buttons and then screwing the buttons into the proper holes to use the jig with 8” and smaller bowls. To combat this time consuming configuration change picked up more buttons and 6mm mounting screws at Lowes. I can now leave the outer row of but...
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