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
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
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/
This video addresses a problem that affects many variants of this common woodturning mini-lathe. The problem is that the tailstock slips as you try to tighten the workpiece between centers. I diagnose the problem and fabricate a new lock plate to better hold the tailstock.
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
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.