I am setting off to make my first fly rod (sorry, graphite not a bamboo rod – one thing at a time) with the goal of leveraging my years of woodworking by turning a unique grip. I am also making a rod for my older brother as well. I plan to make something similar to this one http://eclecticguy.com/2009/04/06/birch-bark-fly-rod-grip/ – birch bark grip with other laminated woods. My first chore is finding some birch bark and since I live in Arizona we have plenty of cactus (i.e., sa...
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...
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 ...
More homework from the woodturning school - After making a couple bowls with Mike, I have been attempting to get a little more familiar with my HF lathe at home. This time, I thought I would give turning a small lidded vessel a try. When I first made attempts to turn on the lathe (a couple of years ago), I experimented with shapes. Mostly exercises to try to understand the turning tools and what they can or cannot do. One such object I kept on the bookshelf because it looked interesting to...
This was a new technique for me and a learned a lot giving it a try. I think my neighbor’s kids may have learned some new colorful language too. Sorry kids! Come along an learn about eccentric turning and making a turned cabriole leg.
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...
I like to tease Mike (jockmike2) that he was worried about losing a student when I moved to a scroll saw project. When I showed him the progress on my scroll saw box, he gave me a piece of Ash that he cut from his firewood. A good deal of bark was on the piece and he suggested I try my hand at a bowl with a natural edge. This is my progress so far on this project. This piece was a little rough on the side opposite the bark side. I ran a chainsaw disk mounted on the angle grinder over it to...
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!
Hey everyone, Well it was just about a year ago that I started on this project, eventually I entered it in the Winter lumberjocks contest, some may remember it,it even got a few votes. While I was constructing the workbench I was shooting video and have about nine hours of video. This is the first of a series of nine.I also have a website That I will be posting future episodes to, as well as here at lumberjocks. Prior to starting the bench I checked out the www. to see what kind of videos...
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...
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