In this installment of Dread Knot Woodshop, we make longer handles for some old Craftsman lathe chisels on the lathe. https://youtu.be/lcr6bpbVtSw
Last autumn we decided to remodel the kitchen. One failed major appliance started the notion. It was a cascading effect and the main reason behind all the extra work and time consumed. We won’t do that again. At any rate, I have been busy acquiring new tools and accessories, most of them coming to me because of an unexpected windfall around the holidays. I’m hoping to express this in a way that doesn’t come across as gloating, bragging or ego-tripping. Right now, I can’...
Behind the scenes of my shop and YouTube channel #4: David Marks, Michael Cooper, Peter Brown, Ray Mowder, & Zac Higgins!!!
This is really turning out to be the trip of a lifetime! I interviewed Zac Higgins in Carson City and Ray Mowder in Sacramento. Both of them are great guys and I had a lot of fun meeting with them! Then I drove further into northern California and interviewed the great sculptor Michael Cooper! It so happens that David Marks lives just a few miles from Michael and I got to spent an entire day with him! Then, the icing on the cake was that Peter Brown also lives in the area and I g...
I’ve been using a combination of a quick clamp and the drill press to press pen kits together. Both the quick clamp and the drill press are awkward to use doing this. I was looking at pictures of pen presses recently and it dawned on me that I could probably use my Kreg jig. It was way easier than using the clamp and drill press. The only thing is that there is just barely enough space to press the transmission, but I found if I angled it at first I could just press a little, then chan...
Before this project, I had never made anything other than pens on the lathe. I had some scrap pieces from an oak pallet and I decided to laminate them together and experiment. I didn’t know what it would be when I started. I had thought maybe do a little Christmas tree, but then it started looking like a candle holder, so I just went with that. I don’t have a chuck, so I just turned it between a spur center and the tail-stock. I can really see the value of having a chuck now...
I got a new lathe in June 2015, but couldn’t use it until I was able to purchase some tools in October 2015. I decided to start learning woodturning by making pens. In order to make pens, you have to drill a hole in a blank and glue an insert into the hole. It’s favorable to drill the hole square from one end to the other. You can buy a vise for your drill press made specifically for pen blanks for $50, but I had already spent enough on the tools and couldn’t afford one. I...
My first attempt on a video, il try some more later. My father have been woodturning since he had to stand on a Box to reatch up to the lathe, vile his Brothers pedaled it. Just wanted to show him turning one of these pillars, you realy need to know what Your doing when turning something of this size and weight. the sides of the pillar will be carved, and the senter round part will be carved in a spiral shape. This lathe can take lengths up to 3 meters, we have a bigger one thats used on ...
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted. I’ll ensure I contribute more often.Here are some pictures of the coring of a 20” half-log of red oak I was able to acquire. The end result was 5 rough-turned bowls that are now drying. The largest is 19 1/2” and the smallest is 7 1/2”. It took me one hour to rough-turn the outside of the blank and 1:45 to core the 5 bowls.
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!
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