Live Edge Elm Bowl

I decided to challenge myself by making a live edge bowl. This is a small piece of an Elm branch that fell in my neighborhood last spring.

Elm has a medium-dark heart wood and a blond sap wood, giving the piece some nice contrast. The finish is a home-made danish oil. Elm is easy to turn, but is a bit tricky to get a smooth finish.

I don’t like leaving markings from the chuck, so I turned away the tenon that had been in the chuck.

“Carnivale Intrigue”, “Cuban Sandwich”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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2016 SFWW Pen Turning Challenge

 

I turned this pen from oak grown in Texas, and this video is my submission for the SFWW 2106 Pen Turning Challenge. This is just a small way to say thanks for all that our troops do for our country.

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“Pure Attitude”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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How Fast Can I Turn This Pen? 6:39

David Picciuto of MakeSomething.tv challenged us to see how fast we can make a pen. That sounded like fun, so this is what I came up with.

Thanks to David for the encouragement! I’m sure I wouldn’t have done this if he hadn’t posted the challenge.

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“The Show Must Be Go”, “Aces High”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Woodturned Rustic Goblet: Entry for Challenge Tree 2016

I turned a very rustic goblet from a tree limb, as my entry to Dominic Bender’s “Challenge Tree 2016” contest. This particular limb had the misfortune of growing into some power lines and had to be pruned. Perhaps that’s what gave it such a gnarly appearance?

Thanks to Dominic for hosting this challenge:
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“Aces High”, “Funkorama”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Building a Wall Hanging Award Shelf

My son has been accumulating awards from academic and sports activities and needed a place to display them. I built a wall hanging award shelf from a red oak board which I bought at the home center. I turned 22 pegs for holding ribbons and placed a shelf on top for holding trophies.

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“Aces High”, “Funkorama”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Magnetic Mushrooms: A Woodturning Project

I used some scraps leftover from pen blanks to make some two-toned refrigerator magnets in the shape of mushrooms. It’s a good way to use up those tiny pieces of scrap wood, and a nice skill builder as well. And they’re just kinda…cute.

This project uses straight cuts, convex cuts, and concave cuts, and while they’re really pretty simple, it’s practical example of basic woodturning techniques. I use the spindle gouge which I made the handle for in a previous video, and a skew chisel exclusively.

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“Modern Jazz Samba”, “Carnivale Intrigue”, “Cuban Sandwich”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Step Drilling with Forstner Bits: Quick Tip

This is just a quick tip that I wanted to share with you to help you when you need to drill a hole with a large diameter forstner bit. If you sequence the steps correctly, you can use a series of different size bits to make the process faster and more accurate, without dulling your bits.

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“Daily Beetle”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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WoodTurning Fun: Turning a Handle for a Spindle Gouge.

I got a good deal on a Sorby spindle gouge and turned my own handle. Even though I really love saving money, I also enjoy basic projects like this. It’s nice to think about using this tool for years.

It’s hard to do a direct comparison of the Sorby tool to my other H.S.S. tools because the edge retention depends on the angle and type of edge. But I have no complaints; it’s a nice tool, and the smaller size is great for more detailed spindle work.

Plus it gave me a chance to use my favorite spindle turning tool, a skew chisel.

 

“Aces High”, “Honey Bee”
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DIY Pop-Up Workbench Dogs

I made some pop-up workbench dogs using a couple pieces of scrap wood and some inexpensive latch mechanisms from the hardware store. Pop-up Bench dogs are nice because they’re always there when you need them and out of the way when you don’t.


These were really pretty easy to make, but I thought it was a pretty cool idea anyway.

“Danger Storm”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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