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Ernie Conover is a long-time contributor to Fine Woodworking, a furniture maker, and a tool aficionado. While he is often called upon as a machine designer, having designed and marketed the Conover lathe before selling that business, Conover is best known for teaching and writing about woodturning.
Conover has written several books for The Taunton Press, including The Router Table Book (1994), Turning for Furniture (1996), Turn a Bowl with Ernie Conover (2000) and The Lathe Book II Edition (2001). In addition he has also done three videos; Turning for Furniture (a companion to the book), Turning Furniture Spindles, and Reclaiming Flea Market Planes.
Ernie and his wife, Susan, run Conover Workshops, a craft school in Parkman, Ohio, where he teaches woodworking and wood-turning courses, and she teaches fiber arts classes. They opened the school in 1980 and still operate out of a large workshop near their home.
October 27, 2011
The new Hollow Roller from Carter Products gives you everything you need to hollow a vessel of any size or shape
February 11, 2010
When the Tenon-Lok bit is pushed against the bottom of a previously drilled hole, winged cutters deploy, creating the dovetail shape that locks in the tenon.
November 1, 2009
Reach for this simple tool when others reach their limit
October 1, 2009
How to use a boat-tail scraper to make a flat platter
A large dome scraper gives smooth cuts in changing grain
July 1, 2008
A group of tools to get you started on spindle and faceplate turning
January 15, 2008
This important accessory prevents spindles from vibrating. Ernie Conover shows how to use a commercial steady rest and how to make your own.
December 27, 2007
Find out how to lay out, carve, and smooth this distinctive open-twist shape
October 18, 2007
Build a simple but sturdy outfeed table, and learn important safety tips
October 1, 2007
A complete overview on choosing the right drill bit and drilling accurate holes
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