Woodturning a Chisel Saver

If every woodworker had one of these, just imagine how many bench chisels would be saved! The project is mostly turning a handle. I did add some interest by combining round and square edges, and also a ferrule on both ends. I also got some more skew chisel practice, which is always fun! I had fun making this video. Please comment if you get the joke (or even if you think it “just isn’t that funny”.) And I hope you’ll forgive me for waiting until the end to show the big reveal. Music: “Fig Leaf Rag”, “Also Sprach Zarathustra” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Graphics by Farrin N. Abbott / CopyCatFilms.com

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DIY Marking Knife (upcycle)

I finally got around to making a marking knife. This is a pretty simple project, and I was able to upcycle materials that I had lying around. The handle is hickory from a broken hatchet handle. The blade is one of many extra paddle bits that I’ve accumulated over the years. Total cost: zero. “Funkorama”, “Easy Jam”, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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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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DIY Welded Toolrest for Wood Lathe

I got tired of the limits of the toolrest that came with my mini lathe so I welded a larger one using some scrap hot rolled angle and steel rod that I had left over from other projects. It’s only a few inches wider (8.5″ [22cm] vs. 6″ [15cm]), but it makes a big difference in being able to turn larger work. I also didn’t want to make it too big because my lathe’s banjo only has 5/8″ [16mm] shaft. Music by audionautix.com.  Released under Creative Commons License 3.0.

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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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2015 Christmas Ornament Woodturning Challenge

This is my first attempt at woodturning a Christmas Ornament. The woods for the globe are maple and redheart. The finial is ebonized fir. For more info about the challenge, visit here: Challenges Big thanks to Alan Stratton and Carl Jacobson for sponsoring this challenge. I’ve only been turning a few months, and this prompted me to do several new things (like reverse turning). It has been a good experience and I’m happy to be able to contribute. The holiday music in this video is from audionautix.com. Released under Creative Commons License 3.0.

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Carbide Roughing Gouge (Kit from Rockler)

In this video, I make a handle and assemble the Carbide Roughing Gouge kit from Rockler. This is a roughing tool, so it removes material well, although it doesn’t produce a particularly smooth finish. But not having to sharpen the tool should be a big plus! I made the handle from laminated pallet wood and finished it with a shop-made finish that contains Boiled Linseed Oil and varnish.

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