Finishing the Bowl

Finished Bowl

Finished Bowl

Part one of this series showed me cutting some large oak crotches to eventually be used for bowl blanks.

Part two showed the roughing out of the first bowl from these flitches.

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Roughing a Bowl

Rough Hollowed

Rough Hollowed Bowl

In part one of this series, I used the Wood-Mizer to cut an oak crotch log down to two flitches measuring 3 1/2″ and 4 1/2″ thick.  Now it was time to start turning.

I took the 3 1/2″ flitch and laid out a 12 inch circle.  The main trunk had split down about 6 inches, so I had to move the layout circle down that far.  The crotch section has some very beautiful grain swirls; when I cut the other piece, I am going to be sure to get as much of the grain as possible.  I will have to make a smaller bowl, but it will be worth it, I am sure.

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Cleaning Cast Iron Surfaces

Finishing Disc WD-40 Penetrant and Random Orbit SanderIt seems like in the winter, no matter how often I clean and lubricate my cast iron tables on the various tools, I still manage to get some rust spots.  Maybe it’s condensation.  Maybe I left a piece of damp wood on it.  Who knows?  I do know that those spots can be hard to get rid of. Continue reading

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WD-40 is Amazing Stuff

We’ve all used WD-40 for various things.  Hinges, bicycle chains, squeaky wheels, stuck bolts, you know the uses.

Well, Marisa picked up a can of Spot Shot to try clean some spots in the carpet.  This stuff is amazing!  Spray it on, let it sit for 5 minutes, and blot it out.  The spots disappeared before our eyes! Continue reading

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14 Inch Cherry Pepper Mill

14 Inch Pepper Mill

14 Inch Pepper Mill

I’ve wanted to turn a pepper mill for some time.  I also wanted to make a large one, like the kind you see in fancy restaurants where the waiter comes to your table and grinds the pepper on your plate for you.

With our middle son in college, we are trying hard to not spend a lot of money.  Marisa’s birthday was approaching, so I decided I’d turn her a pepper mill. Continue reading

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Santa’s Workshop

Santa's Workshop

Santa’s Workshop

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Acrylics

Acrylics

Acrylics

It seems that every time we go into the Rockler store, Sam is drawn to the acrylic pen blanks.  So every  now and then, I let him get one, along with a pen kit to go with it.  I had never turned acrylic, but the pens made with them look absolutely beautiful.  Well, this went on for over a year before I finally worked up the courage to try turning one.  Continue reading

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Three Mini Stylus Pens

Three Stylus Pens

Three Stylus Pens

Sam and I turned three mini stylus pens as gifts for his guitar teacher, voice teacher, and band coach.  They all have iPads that they use for teaching, so it seemed like a good gift to give them.

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Cutting Bowl Blanks – Wood-Mizer Style

Log on the Wood-Mizer

Log on the Wood-Mizer

I recently watched a video of someone making bowl blanks from a log using a chainsaw.  Now, this is my normal method as well, but I thought I’d try something a little different.  I used my Wood-Mizer.

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Cherry Rolling Pin and Benjamin’s Best Roughing Gouge Review

Cherry Rolling Pin

Cherry Rolling Pin

A few years ago, I turned a 34″ long French rolling pin for my wife.  Every year at Christmas time, she makes a traditional Slovenian pastry called potica.  She got the recipe from my aunt.  Making potica involves stretching dough out paper thin over the entire 5′ by 3′ kitchen table.  She tried using her normal marble rolling pin, but this didn’t work very well.  She thought that a French tapered pin may work better, and a really long one may work even better.  So I got a 3′ long piece of 2″ x 2″ purpleheart, and turned it for her. Continue reading

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Oak Candle Holder

Finished Candle Holder

Oak Candle Holder

We were decorating for a dinner at church, and my wife wanted some candle holders for some pillar candles.  We found this one at a local store.  After looking at it, I realized I could turn a pair of them pretty easily. Continue reading

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The Shop Construction Picture Gallery

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Sam’s Watermelon

This spring, Sam planted a single watermelon seed in the flower garden by the front walk.  It grew.  We watched the little melon grow all summer, and grow it did!

The Melon

The Melon

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Shop Update

Here’s an update on the progress of the shop.  We got the floor going.  It took 5 tri-axle dump trucks of limestone, 100 tons in total, to fill the shop and bring it to level so the concrete could be poured.

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New Shop

The barn burned down last November.  We finally got it all cleaned up and are building a new shop.  It’s going to be 56′ x 32′.  I’m going to include a 22′ x 12′ metal and welding shop, a 12′ x 10′ finishing room, an office, a dust collector & air compressor closet, and a bathroom.  I haven’t figured out exactly how big the office will be yet.  I don’t want to lose too much main floor space. Continue reading

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More Jumbo Jaws

corian jaws

Angelo’s Corian Jaws

I’d like to thank Angelo, who, in response to my Homemade Jumbo Jaws article, sent me a picture of some jaws he made out of corian. These look awesome!

These seem to be much more stable than plywood jaws.  Thanks for sharing, Angelo! Continue reading

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Tree Castle

Tree Castle

Tree Castle

My wife and I have wanted to build a tree house for our son since we moved in to our current house.  Living in 9 acres of woods, what boy wouldn’t want one.  He sure does.  We’ve looked at different trees, looked at how to build them, and never found the perfect trees.

When we moved here, at the east end of a little clearing by the barn, there was a large oak tree, about 36 inches in diameter, that had recently broken off about 20 feet up.  I had often thought about building something on top of that.  We talked about it last fall, and decided to build it as our first project of the spring. Continue reading

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Homemade Jumbo Jaws

Homemade Jumbo Jaws

For some time I’ve wanted an easier way of reverse mounting a bowl for finishing the bottom, and have seen several options.  Seeing that you can build several of these options, I knew that was the route I would take, as I could not justify spending around 100 bucks for a set of jaws.

I’ve considered the Longworth chuck and the donut chuck, but recently I saw some homemade jumbo jaws for a scroll chuck, and thought I could make a set of these for my Talon chuck.

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Turned Wooden Boxes

Elm Box

Just about a year ago, Marisa got me a box turning class at Woodcraft in Indianapolis. Now I’ve been turning for about 10 years now, but it’s all been self taught, and learning some new techniques from a pro would probably be a good thing. Well, it was.

The class was taught by a professional turner named Jim Dupler. I learned a lot of good information, and made this box in the two day class:

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Homemade Carbide Hollowing Tool

Homemade Carbide Hollowing Tool

Recently I made a small hollow form, using my Mini Easy Finisher to do the hollowing.  But with only 4 inches of bar, I couldn’t hollow very deep.  I started looking for a new hollowing tool, but they are all around $100. Continue reading

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