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
Have asked You LJ’s for yor opinions and they have been quite Helpful. Need to sharpen my chisels to do some turning on my new lathe. Richard Raffan suggests the white grinding stones on a bench grinder. so far so good. Go to Amazon where I usually get to see reviews before buying. Norton Premium White Bench and Pedestal Abrasive Wheel, Type 01 Straight, Aluminum Oxide, 1” Arbor, 6” Diameter x 3/4” Thickness, Grit Fine 100 (Pack of 1) which appears close to ...
Take a peek into my bowl making process! Lately, I have been doing a lot of studying and reading about how to make good videos. One thing I noticed about the particular mistakes made in poor videos is that most of the mistakes violate one basic principle: that video is visual. It sounds obvious once stated, yet notice that when you watch a boring video, it is usually what you are seeing that bores you, more so than the dialog and other audio. This video is a homework assignment that I a...
Sorry I have not been putting a lot of my projects on here lately but I’ve been doing alot with esty and I’m doing a new website it takes a lot of time. Here is a link to my esty shop if anyone would like to see what I’ve been up to. http://www.etsy.com/shop/JosephBealis
There are a few of us in LJ’s who are owners of the Harbor Frieght Lathes. My last posting was more than 2 weeks ago? Seems like yesterday. Have you experienced any difficulties with your lathe? How would you compare it to other laths you have experience using? What was the reason you bought your lathes? I have a small budget, and the features compared to the price were really good. I bought mine on-line and delivery was timely. some folks in our previous discussion have a store...
The last post left with some work to be completed on the piece before dismount. I wanted to work the edge of the bowl a little thinner and I did some aggressive stock removal on the interior and exterior edge. This left me with the bowl here. and here I did a little more work on the side to remove the somewhat boat like appearance and give it more curve. I cut the bowl off the lathe and began running through the grits of sanding. I have more trouble spots to touch up on that wil...
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