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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Rockler Quick Release Bench Vise Repair

I had a problem with my Rockler 7” Quick Release Workbench Vise not engaging. In this video, I show how I took it apart and got it working again. This seems to be a common problem with some varieties of Quick Release vises, so hopefully someone else will be able to see what I did and get theirs working again as well.

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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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Repairing a Compressor Pressure Switch

In this video, I show how I replaced a defective Pressure Switch on my Air Compressor. Since a direct replacement wasn’t available, I used an “upgraded” model, which required me to re-route some of the plumbing. I also replaced the motor cord which was damaged when the switch failed. Be careful if you work on your compressor. High pressures and electricity can be dangerous, so know what you’re doing before you attempt any repairs.

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My Recommended Oil for Fans

I have a recommendation for a lubricating oil for fans that may be a bit unconventional. I use Boeshield T-9, which is also great as a rust inhibitor. It doesn’t gunk up or attract dirt and dust like other oils, and it seems to stay in place for a long time. This is a response to Matthias Wandel’s video “Fixing a seized oscillating fan motor”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXvNa… I have not been compensated for the makers of Boeshield T9 for this suggestion.

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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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