Author Archives: Bill

Finishing the 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. In this part, I finally finish the bowl.

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Roughing a 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 … Continue reading

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Cleaning Cast Iron Surfaces

It 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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14 Inch Cherry 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 … Continue reading

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Santa’s Workshop

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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 … Continue reading

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Three Mini 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

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

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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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!

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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 … Continue reading

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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′ … Continue reading

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More Jumbo 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Turned Wooden Boxes

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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