I show how I prepared a piece of Elm wood and turned it into a winged platter. I mounted it using a shop-made face plate and also used a scroll chuck. The platter is roughly 7 inches square and about 1.5 inches tall. I used a block of wood that contains heart wood and sap wood for visual contrast, to make the finished piece more interesting.
I made a video that discusses the coil that is present in the circuit for treadmill motors. I perform some tests to demonstrate the behavior of the motor with the coil vs. without the coil. Watch the video to see what effect that coil has on the operation of the motor. This is a response to a question that a viewer posted in my previous video that showed the replacement of the treadmill controls with a 10K potentiometer. Previous Treadmill Motor Video: Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=UCYrXvMdKbXYtONur3rnRHcg
In this video, I show how I turned a decorative lid to make an ordinary glass jar a bit more special. This is a fun and easy project, and if you know someone who is into canning, it also makes a nice gift. I use these jars in the workshop as well, for storing small batches of finishes. This minimizes waste and allows me to keep finishes fresh before I use them.
I made this video to show how I salvaged the motor and speed control from a used treadmill. With a small modification, I was able to simplify the electronics for later use as a variable speed conversion for a fixed speed motor power tool. I removed the bulky control interface and replaced it with a 10K ohm potentiometer. I also show how you can reverse the direction of the motor and also stop and start the motor without having to constantly adjust the potentiometer.
The label “Hoarder” isn’t usually something that most of us want to admit about ourselves, but I bet I’m not the only maker who has an issue with “stuff” accumulating in the workshop. I have been looking around the workshop (and in the mirror) and realize that some signs of Hoarding have crept up on me. I’ve been thinking about ways to counter the tendency, and I hope that my experiences can help other creators to tame this troublesome tendency. To help determine if Hoarding is an issue for you, consider these signs: Do you have tools in your shop that you haven’t used in years? Do you have materials in your shop that have more than a year of dust? Do you have consumables (finishes, paints, etc.) that have gone bad, but are still taking up space? Do you have paths between the “stuff” that you have to navigate, like a maze? Have you ever gotten injured because you […]
I turned a Gavel and Sound Block out of Elm. It was a bit simpler than I thought it would be, but you do have to be consistent to make it look right. It involves two spindle turned pieces for the head and handle of the mallet, and a side grained piece for the sounding block. Most gavels have a dark brown finish, but I just used a light stain on this one to bring out the grain.
This year I decided to turn a miniature ornament for the challenge. Turning something this small is not as fast as I thought it would be. You have to slow down and make small cuts. It also gave me a chance to put some new tools to use. I made the miniature scraper and detail tool using some HSS I bought online: DIY Miniature Woodworking Tools Thanks to Carl Jacobson and Alan Stratton for hosting the Ornament Challenge. Playlist: Contest announcement: Challenges Music by Jason Shaw @ audionautix.com
I made a couple of small (~1/4″ diameter/ 6mm) tools using some M2 High Speed Steel that I bought online for a few dollars. I made some handles and ground them into 1) a skew chisel, and 2) a detail tool (flute-less gouge?). These tools are quite useful for working on smaller pieces. Making your own tools is a great way to make woodturning even more affordable!
I made this 1/8″ awl using some O1 steel that I purchased, a short piece of copper pipe, and a scrap piece of hickory. I turned a tapered handle, formed the tip, and heat treated the metal. This Awl can be use to scribe a line, mark a point, and even drill a 1/8″ hole through a board.
Woodturning is fundamentally pretty simple, you rotate a workpiece and remove material from it until you get the desired shape. But it is nonetheless very nuanced, with many subtle details that make it both challenging and rewarding. 1. Safety I’m putting this one first, not because I want to lecture you, but because getting injured while woodturning can take all the fun out of it…in an instant. There are hazards that you need to be aware of and for which you need to take appropriate preventative action. I want to be clear, though, that safety is everyone’s responsibility, and I’m sharing the following thoughts to get you thinking about safety so that you can develop your own safe woodturning practices. I cannot provide a perfectly comprehensive set of safety practice, nor can I be responsible for what you do in your workshop. Lathe safety can be generally thought of in terms of things leaving the lathe and coming into contact […]