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...
As the year comes to a close I realized a lot of stuff has changed in my shop and the work I have been doing in the past 3 years since I posted my ””52 Weeks Blog””:http://lumberjocks.com/clieb91/blog/series/3490 in 2011. I also realized how much I enjoyed doing that blog and how it helped to encourage me in the shop. So for 2015 I present “Another 52 Weeks” I have some trips planned throughout the coming year so a little bit of a challenge but hope to r...
Hi people,I have started working with segments amongst all the other things that I do. This is a very interesting and challenging thing for me, and I think that I was conned by my mate “Rockbuster” into trying this. He is so good that I just had to have a go myself.This particular vase is my third piece but the first two were pretty basic. Even this one is basic compared to some of the “STUNNING” pieces around the traps, but Hey, you have to start somewhere donR...
I had it in mind for some time now to rig up something on which I could do some small wood turning. The photos above and below show the result of that. I have some bugs to work out yet with this set up. The drive end wobbles a bit under pressure while cutting. I’m thinking I could add some support to the shaft of the drive spur to help stabilize it. I also think I need a sharpening day. I just used my straight mortising chisels. They work after a fashion, but I think they...
Here is the latest video I’ve made in my series on chess piece making. This time it’s the bishop. This one has been the most fun to make so far. The knights were fun but so much work went into each one and they were difficult. This was a nice easy turning job with a little break to put the kerf in the top. Thanks for watching!http://youtu.be/EgwWgVPppMw<iframe src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/EgwWgVPppMw” frameborder=”0” height=”315” width=...
I usually just finish the chess pieces one at a time. I wanted to be able to get a good smooth finish on them like you do on the lathe but still be able to turn another piece without having to wait for them to dry in between coats.This is what I came up with. I drilled a 1/4” hole into 3/4” dowel and inserted a 1/4” dowel to chuck in the drill. I drilled a 3/4” hole in the holder and used a round file to ream it out so there is enough play to let it spin freely. After ...
Here is a time lapse I made of how I turn the pieces. Keep in mind I have only turned the pawns and haven’t gotten to the more complicated pieces. Because I must be crazy I am turning the pawns first, then the rooks/castles, then knights, then bishop, queen, then king…. We’ll see if that’s how it turns out. In order of power in the game. Although the king may be the weakest. This is my second dark pawn. Six more to go then on to the back row. Thanks for lookinghttp://y...
Hey Everyone, Just processed some of the spalted maple burl from the last blog (and yes I am using a push stick! LOL). Can I say “CRAZY GOOD”! I think this is the best I have seen yet. I will be cutting this into turning blocks, guitar wood, and slabs. Take a look! PS My fingers are healing up just fine and thank you for everyone’s comments and concerns. You are a blessing! The 1st picture is listed on ebay with no bids yet. Starts at $10. Click to see!
I am a huge fan of the Easy Wood Tool series and have really enjoyed using my full size Ci1 Rougher and Ci0 Finisher on spindle and faceplate projects. I guess the only real gripe is that the EWT cutter heads (while you never need to sharpen them) cost just under $20 each. So, I did some measuring with the calipers and some good old Google legwork and found that Byrd Tool makes a cutter head that is near identical to the EWT version at a fraction of the cost ($2.80 each). I’m sure...
Hello Turners!I am new to the lathe and am looking for good value and ease in a benchtop grinder and sharpening jig. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks. dustyjosh
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