I show how I prepared a piece of Elm wood and turned it into a winged platter. I mounted it using a shop-made face plate and also used a scroll chuck. The platter is roughly 7 inches square and about 1.5 inches tall. I used a block of wood that contains heart wood and sap wood for visual contrast, to make the finished piece more interesting.
I turned a Gavel and Sound Block out of Elm. It was a bit simpler than I thought it would be, but you do have to be consistent to make it look right. It involves two spindle turned pieces for the head and handle of the mallet, and a side grained piece for the sounding block. Most gavels have a dark brown finish, but I just used a light stain on this one to bring out the grain.
This year I decided to turn a miniature ornament for the challenge. Turning something this small is not as fast as I thought it would be. You have to slow down and make small cuts. It also gave me a chance to put some new tools to use. I made the miniature scraper and detail tool using some HSS I bought online: DIY Miniature Woodworking Tools Thanks to Carl Jacobson and Alan Stratton for hosting the Ornament Challenge. Playlist: Contest announcement: Challenges Music by Jason Shaw @ audionautix.com
I made a couple of small (~1/4″ diameter/ 6mm) tools using some M2 High Speed Steel that I bought online for a few dollars. I made some handles and ground them into 1) a skew chisel, and 2) a detail tool (flute-less gouge?). These tools are quite useful for working on smaller pieces. Making your own tools is a great way to make woodturning even more affordable!
I made a tool to clean the inside of a Morse Taper on the lathe. It is sized to fit the MT2 taper common on many lathes.
I decided to challenge myself by making a live edge bowl. This is a small piece of an Elm branch that fell in my neighborhood last spring. Elm has a medium-dark heart wood and a blond sap wood, giving the piece some nice contrast. The finish is a home-made danish oil. Elm is easy to turn, but is a bit tricky to get a smooth finish. I don’t like leaving markings from the chuck, so I turned away the tenon that had been in the chuck. “Carnivale Intrigue”, “Cuban Sandwich” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
I turned this pen from oak grown in Texas, and this video is my submission for the SFWW 2106 Pen Turning Challenge. This is just a small way to say thanks for all that our troops do for our country. Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=UCKe-pEeWEPFcQoses8JLj6g “Pure Attitude” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
I used some scraps leftover from pen blanks to make some two-toned refrigerator magnets in the shape of mushrooms. It’s a good way to use up those tiny pieces of scrap wood, and a nice skill builder as well. And they’re just kinda…cute. This project uses straight cuts, convex cuts, and concave cuts, and while they’re really pretty simple, it’s practical example of basic woodturning techniques. I use the spindle gouge which I made the handle for in a previous video, and a skew chisel exclusively. Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=UCKe-pEeWEPFcQoses8JLj6g “Modern Jazz Samba”, “Carnivale Intrigue”, “Cuban Sandwich” 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.