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Woodturning is riding a wave of popularity these days, and it’s not hard to understand why. For one thing, woodturning’s a snap compared with, say, mastering hand-cut dovetails or learning how to cut cope-and-stick joinery with a router. For another, you don’t need a lot of wood to get started, and much of it is free: Chunks of chopped down trees or firewood, offcuts from other projects, even scraps from cargo pallets or old furniture. Turning also satisfies the craving for instant gratification. Even a beginner can make a pen or a small box in about a half-hour, or a big bowl in an afternoon.
Our collection of articles from Fine Woodworking magazine can help you unleash your inner woodturner. We’ve included tips on how to find the right lathe, and plenty of first-rate instruction from master turners like Richard Raffan, Jimmy Clewes, Mike Mahoney, and Ernie Conover. So get on the woodturning bandwagon. You don’t want to be the only one walking.
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How to Turn a Tapered Shaker LegUsed sanding pads and a neat trick using graphite make for one terrific taper on this classic Shaker table leg
How to Turn a Platter on the LatheLearn how to tackle faceplate turning on the lathe by crafting a beautiful platter of tiger maple using only four basic turning tools
Shop Talk Live: Richard Raffan Comes StatesideCelebrated woodturner Richard Raffan talks shop on Fine Woodworking‘s very own podcast
Sanding Jig is the Segmented Turner’s Secret WeaponLearn how to build a sanding jig that yields perfect segments for terrific turning
A Woodturner’s Guide to Chucks and JawsAcclaimed turner Richard Raffan offers tips on what he looks for in lathe chucks
Liam Flynn: Virtuoso Vessel MakerUsing straightforward turning and carving techniques, Irish woodworker Liam Flynn turns extraordinary vessels from green wood and enriches their refined forms with freehand fluting
How to Turn a Basic BowlA woodturning master takes you through every step of the process in our two-part series
Turning Gouge PrimerTop-notch turner Mike Mahoney answers eight reader questions about tools and techniques for turning bowls
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In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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