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” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
In this video, I show how to turn a Square spindle blank into a Cylinder. I focus on the need to cut “downhill” and to incorporate bevel supported cuts using the “ABC” method.
I made a 1/8″ wide parting tool for woodturning using a spare blade that was destined for the landfill. I used a welder to repair and reshape the metal blank. The handle is made from scraps that were in the scrap drawer. Total cost $0.
In this video, I show you how I made A BUNCH of woodturning blanks which I will use for spindle turning practice. I used salvaged 2×6’s but I could have purchased lumber at the home center for very little cost. “Carefree” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…
As a challenge to myself, I decided to see how fast I could make a wooden top using a skew chisel. No major catches, and it turned out OK. Not as good as if I had gone slower, but it also didn’t go flying across the room. 🙂 I made some others which were a bit faster, but they were quite rough in places. “Quirky Dog”, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0