Quick and Easy Pen Blank Drilling Jig

This is a quick project that I made to hold pen blanks while drilling them for woodturning. I wanted something that was quick and easy to use, but would consistently hold the blanks securely in place with one hand while I operate the drill press with the other hand. This Drilling Jig was made with a scrap piece of construction grade lumber and a cheap butt hinge. I turned the handles on the wood lathe with a skew chisel. music by audionautix.com Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=UCYrXvMdKbXYtONur3rnRHcg

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Turning a Mallet using just a Skew Chisel

In this project, I challenge myself by turning a mallet using just a single tool, a skew chisel. It’s a practical project to give myself some well-needed practice with the skew chisel. The skew chisel is a very versatile tool for spindle-mode turning. It can be used to make bevel supported cuts, and also as a negative rake scraper. For this video, I only used it for bevel supported cuts. The wood is oak, from a branch that broke during an ice storm last winter. It was rescued from the firewood pile and was very dry. I had to work around some cracks, and there are some knots that give it “character”.  

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