Well I am still working on improving my lathe skills. In an effort to get better and use sharper tools I have been going over the LumberJocks and the rest of the web searching plans for a grinding jig. I finally settled on using some plans from Around the Woods a few modifications for my smaller grinder. I do still need to buy a new wheel for my grinder so I am keeping the current one away from my good tools that I bought and practicing mainly with the older ones that came with the lathe. I still need to build some holding blocks for my gouges and will work on that this week more then likely along with finishing a drill press jig for holding my pen blanks.
I am pretty happy how this project turned out. It is made completely of scrap. I had all the parts on hand with the exception of a bolt I used in place of a dowel to keep the arm straight when it extends. I practiced a skill I have seen several times but as yet had not attempted which was to make the slot in the arm using the router table. I am need of one additional arm in the near future for my other set of tools which are a bit longer.
In addition to this I have been watching videos and reading articles all over the web on turning. Once I get myself in gear though I am really thinking about following the “ Course in Woodturning” written by Milton & Wohlers in 1919. It was suggested to me here on LumberJocks by EEngineer. I love older writing and have printed out a copy that is now sitting next to my lathe. I may need to get a hold of a chuck first but we will see.
Well until next week. Have fun in the shop all.
-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."