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.)
Some of y’all may remember the post a few years ago about the wood lathe I built. I’ve been meaning to write about the “how & why” of this project for some time and I finally got around to it! I talk about the motivation to build my own lathe, the expenses, design process, & of course building the lathe in addition to other things. Per the norm, the post can be found on my blog. I hope you enjoy the read!
I was wanting to use a vacuum chuck on my lathe so first thing I needed was a way to get vacuum to the spindle. Lucky for me, or not so lucky, my spindle has a hole cross drilled into it! This made my project a bit more involved, but still successful. I used a threaded lamp rod to supply vacuum through the spindle along with a couple of ball bearings, pipe fittings, and two spindle adapters I turned. All the meat and potatoes is in my post, Make a Vacuum Adapter For Your Lathe. I...
Making progress – finished 4 bishops. The link to my YouTube video is here: http://youtu.be/U2gRbqZxhAo Amazing how much fun you can have learning something new! The Knights are next – sheesh – I have no idea how I’m gonna do those yet… Comments and especially suggestions from other turners are indeed welcome! James
As I’ve posted earlier – I bought a new mini lathe a few weeks ago. I’m going to attempt a complete chess set. I posted a video showing how I made a pawn a couple of weeks ago. I completed all 16 pawns. Now I’ve completed the Rook. The link to my YouTube video is here: http://youtu.be/QbpCcqfV40w Comments and especially suggestions from other turners are indeed welcome! I’m learning a lot and having a lot of fun! James
Well, the first in this series was a little on the ordinary side, that is not very creative, so it was time to step up a little and try something that quite frankly scared me.But the result will be rather nice if I do say so myself.This is unfinished at this stage, the glue is not yet cured properly and only the outside is shaped. The base and neck also need more shaping but that will happen in due course. The inside also has to be turned out.The same process was used as the first one, cu...
Bought a new mini lathe a few weeks ago. Tried turning a long long time ago in high school, and have been wanting to try again for a long time. I’m going to attempt a complete chess set. I have a lot to learn, but feel up to the challenge. The link to my YouTube video is here: http://youtu.be/UkUebt6lGNc Comments and especially suggestions from other turners are indeed welcome! James
I havent had time to Write mutch during summer, and i must admitt tracking in the Mountains and Salomon Fishing have occupied a lott of my time. The summers up here in the Mountains are short, intense and to be enjoyed to its fullest. I have been carving a little to, but not as mutch as i was ment to do. But then charging the batteries for the comming Winter is also important right? :) There is a lott of Projects i have been planning and that will be started this Winter, and i have sev...
Y’all may have seen the ambrosia maple chip-n-dip I posted in the project section a few days ago. Check out the Chip-N-Dip Finished blog post to see how I went about the process. This is just a very coarse blog post, a more in depth write up will accompany the next chip-n-dip bowl I make. Hopefully I’ll get another one turned before the week is out, but don’t count on a post that soon :) Hope y’all enjoy, have a great day!
Here I discuss my experience with bowl coring. A fellow WGNC member offered to show me the rope using the McNaughton Center Saver. It was a blast and a touch terrifying at first! What follows is my first attempt to recreate what I learned without supervision. I think things went well! Check out the rest of my bowl coring adventure!
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