Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Introduction to Woodturning Workshop at Chattahoochee

Jerry Chandler and I conducted an all day Introduction to Woodturning Workshop at the Chattahoochee Woodturners Shop on March 26.  The focus was on basic spindle turning between centers using only a parting tool, spindle gouge and spindle roughing gouge.  Safety was emphasized along with sharpening and using these basic tools.  I think everyone enjoyed themselves and are more confident about turning on their  own. Lots of practice on beads and coves and finishing with a Frosty Ornament or an egg.This workshop also brought in two new chapter members.
L-R Garth Goodrich  (new member), Kevin Kelley, Dru Thomas (new chapter member), Jack Nelson, Susan Shortman and Jerry Chandler, my co-instructor. Not pictured is me, the photographer.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Make a Mini Rotary Texturing Tool

Since I published my article on spiraling and texturing in the December American Woodturner, I have
been playing with some new texturing tools lately. I bought a couple of Wagner Tool knockoffs. They are fun to use and can add a nice detail to the bottom of a bowl or inside a box lid. My friend Bob Aldea came up with a low cost shop made alternative to the Henry Taylor Decorating Elf. I had a rare earth magnet on hand so was able to make one for less than $10. It also helped that Bob had found a deal for a bunch of the Oilite bushings so gave me a couple.  Thanks again, Bob.

Click here to see my instructions which includes sourcing of all parts for the tool pictured here, brief instructions on how to use and a link to a YouTube video (not mine) on how to use.

This is just another alternative to the Wagner Tool type knurling tools or the Sorby Spiraling and Texturing tools.  Time will tell what use if any it will be best suited for.  Meanwhile it is something I am experimenting with. I may have to invest in another cutter or two.  As Frugal as I am, I am not sure if I could justify to myself paying the money for the Decorating Elf given the texturing tools I already have. But for less than $10, this was a no brainer.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mustard Monster Website

For you Powermatic 3520 lathe owners, here is a great resource on tips, sources and links to information on your lathe! Click on the image to the right to get to this website. Jerry Hall developed this site some years ago when he became an enthusiastic "Mustard Monster" owner. He has solicited my help in taking over the maintenance of this site as new information becomes available and to respond to emails with questions or broken links.