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Templates Aid in Cutting Big Bowl Blanks

A simple hexagonal template guides your chainsaw cuts to produce balanced bowl blanks I used to eyeball chainsaw cuts to take the corners off a large half log, but the resulting bowl blanks were...

Simple Tips for Turning a Baby Rattle

This baby's rattle project will become a treasured toy

Grip Smaller Work with the Standard Jaws of Your 4-Jaw Chuck

Save time and money by using these tips to get the most from the standard jaws of your 4-jaw chuck.

Meet an 11-Year-Old Woodworking Wiz

Isaac Ashdown cuts dovetails with as much skill as many craftsmen twice his age

Totally Turning 2013

World class woodturners, instant galleries and the Woodworkers Showcase makes Saratoga Springs a woodworkers destination .

Cutting Bench Makes it easy to convert fresh-cut logs into turning blanks

Use this bench and a chainsaw to make bowl and spindle blanks for woodturning.

End Grain Hollowing Project: Turning an Egg Cup

Turning an egg cup is an excellent project for developing foundation skills in spindle turning and end-grain hollowing.

Time lapse sequence of turning a toy top

Watch woodturner Joe Larese turn a top in this time lapse video sequence.

Tips for Tops

A favorite with kids of all ages, the spinning top is a great project for woodturners to practice their spindle turning cuts.

Tips for Turning Holiday Ornaments

Sea urchins and turned finials make great Holiday ornaments, but there are a few things to keep in mind when creating well-designed, proper hanging ornaments.



Recent comments


Re: Templates Aid in Cutting Big Bowl Blanks

Thanks for the comments. I take being safe very seriously and always tell people to work within their own level of security. Scotty, I take it you are from the Scottish Highlands, I live in the Hudson Valley region of New York and we refer to these parts at the North Highlands. I hope to see the original Highlands some day!

Re: Grip Smaller Work with the Standard Jaws of Your 4-Jaw Chuck

Good point Butch, I usually grip a tenon, but the jaws can also expand to hold work.

Re: Meet an 11-Year-Old Woodworking Wiz

You're right yxandy, with his self-assurance and determination, we'll see some of Isaac's work in the future!

Re: Meet an 11-Year-Old Woodworking Wiz

Re: End Grain Hollowing Project: Turning an Egg Cup

Thanks, Great idea. You'll get a bit more practice hollowing and reverse chucking, too!

Re: Cutting Bench Makes it easy to convert fresh-cut logs into turning blanks

Thanks Bob and Loxmyth , I haven't had any problems with warpage or splits when sawing out spindle blanks, as long as the growth rings were mostly concentric and I sawed in-line with the grain. Obviously the ends may check as moisture is lost from the end grain quicker than the cross grain, but a bit of sealer or cutting the blanks a bit longer is a solution. Of course, traditional woodworkers will still use wedges, froes and axes to split out blanks, but straight grain logs should yield you some good stock when sawing with the chainsaw.

Re: Cutting Bench Makes it easy to convert fresh-cut logs into turning blanks

Thanks Gpan, I either rough turn to a consistent but heavy wall thickness and slowly let the blank dry(it will turn oval), then remount to finish turn, or I turn the bowl green to a final thin wall thickness and I let it dry slowly. I hope to have more posts and videos showing the process. Joe

Re: Tips for Turning Holiday Ornaments

Thanks Zombeerose, I have purchased sea urchin shells from Craft Supplies USA and the NaplesSeashell Company, and I was satisfied with both. Good Luck, Joe



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