Some time this century the wife asked me to repair the broken handle on her grandmother’s hand-me-down rolling pin. In an effort to get caught up on the ‘Honey-Do’ list (and win some brownie points), I made this one of today’s projects. Here is the rolling pin with the broken shaft on the left. The end button has been sawed off, to be attached to the new shaft. The new shaft is at the bottom right. This was a standard 5/8” hardwood dowel that had to...
It’s been a while since I posted under this topic. As some of you know my daughter has been in my shop with me working on things since she was about 4 years old and she turned her first pen at that age as well during a “Turn for the Troops” event. She is now 10 and not working as much in the shop but does find she like to have her workbench still and does still like to turn. She decided (with very little pressure) that she wold accompany me to the Virginia Woodturning Sympos...
Hello again, For the past several months I have been working on this project of compiling all the woodworking, woodturning, woodcarving, and scrollsaw clubs located in North America. Compiling this list took me a lot of personal time, and my hope is that it will benefit all of my fellow woodworkers. I believe this list is the most comprehensive list on the internet to date. I would like to extend an invitation to anyone that would like to be added to this list to contact me. I have ...
Hey y’all, it’s been awhile since posting anything here due to moving states and having the shop packed up for about 6 months. The shop is still mostly packed, but I’m finally starting to get WSM headquarters back up and running! So no, this is not a post that some would consider to have much to do with woodworking, but since I’m mainly a turner, my chainsaw is very much part of my process. Hopefully there’s something here that some of y’all will fin...
For anyone looking to get into woodturning, you should. It is an awesome feeling to turn the simplest of things. My first object was just a cylinder with little grooves but the feeling was great. I have had a used Jet 1236 lathe that I just looked at for about a year and always too afraid of using it and getting way too caught up in getting the tools sharp although I only attempted sharpening them once with epic failure results. I did countless hours of research on woodturning for beginners ...
A great way to save a few dollars on your next turning tool purchase is to buy your tools un-handled and make your own. I came up with a design that works really well. It includes set screws which allow you to remove the tool from the handle if needed. https://youtu.be/jpzoXaAUR_o
View on YouTube I met with David Marks while he was still in the early stages of his greatest woodturning project (yet!). He showed my the specialized lathe tools he uses for very large hollow vessel turnings and some of his woodturning tricks! He also explained his amazing methods for storing, drying and stabilizing wood for his wood turning projects. The scale of this woodturning project is amazing! The blank for this turning project weighed 400 pounds! Even the tools he use...
View on YouTube We moved around a lot when I was a kid. Born in Chicago, and lived in Missouri, Reno, Denver, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis. Within those locations we sometimes moved between multiple addresses. I always say that I grew up in Reno, Nevada because that is where I spent the majority of my life before I turned 18 years old. We left Reno when I was 17 and I visited there again just this past January. I only tell you this to because it was during this trip to Reno when I met Z...
Yesterday I took a small cutt-off of the oak I had leftover from making Laszlo’s food and water dish and made a round mallet head from it on the lathe. Then I took a strip of hard maple that had been milled from a quarter split of 30 year old firewood and made a handle from it, also on the lathe. The maple stock wasn’t square in cross-section, giving me a rectangular shaped grip. I used sandpaper to soften the edges and give the handle a more comfortable shape. Because the ...
Behind the scenes of my shop and YouTube channel #5: The Wood Whisperer and MORE!! Need your help!!!
BIG NEWS on my west coast interview tour! I contacted Marc Spagnuolo, aka The Wood Whisperer, and he agreed to let me meet with him for an interview! I heard from him just this morning and he said we can meet on Wednesday. I would really appreciate your input!!! Please let me know, what would you say to Marc if you were given the opportunity to meet with him one on one? I go into a bit more detail in my most recent update video (below). In the video I also talk about meeting Brax...
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