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Turning

Turning falls into two broad categories -- faceplate turning and spindle turning. Each one relies on a special set of tools and techniques.  The Basics: • Faceplate turning: Bowls, vessels, and other round objects. • Spindle turning: From furniture
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  • Turn a BowlTurn a Bowl

    by Mike Mahoney

    A green-wood bowl is fun to turn and—except for the lathe—doesn’t require a big investment in tools. Mike Mahoney has turned a lot of bowls in his career and he ...

  • MetamorphosisMetamorphosis

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Ron Layport turns and carves his delicate vessels direct from the log. In the case of this butterfly piece, he started with a 55-lb. chunk of tree and ended up ...

  • Turn Accurate Tenons with a Modified WrenchTurn Accurate Tenons with a Modified Wrench

    byIan Welford

  • How to Turn Chisel Handles that Fit Your GripHow to Turn Chisel Handles that Fit Your Grip

    by John Tetreault

    Making handles for your chisels is a great way to bring together a mismatched set and to customize the fit to your own hand. All you need is a few scraps of hardwood ...

  • Size Turnings with a Gate JigQ & A: Size Turnings with a Gate Jig

    by Christian Becksvoort

  • How to Turn Pulls Without a LatheHow to Turn Pulls Without a Lathe

    by Christian Becksvoort

    You can make authentic looking Shaker knobs without a lathe. All it takes is a drill press, a tenon cutter, and a few rasps and files. The process is simple and ...

  • How to Turn a Basic Bowl—Part 2Video: How to Turn a Basic Bowl—Part 2

    with Richard Raffan

    A woodturning master takes you through every step of the process

  • How to Turn a Basic Bowl—Part 1Video: How to Turn a Basic Bowl—Part 1

    with Richard Raffan

    A woodturning master takes you through every step of the process

  • The Story of a Custom KnobThe Story of a Custom Knob

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Abiel Rios Wong demonstrates how he makes his own tools by making a custom knob. He made the knob from a length of 1-in. brass rod and a small hunk of ebony cut ...

  • Turn a Carver's MalletTurn a Carver's Mallet

    by Michael Cullen

    Every workshop needs at least two mallets, Michael Cullen says. Flat-sided mallets are extremely useful, but when it comes to carving and other tasks where a light ...

  • Turning Furniture Parts (Part 2)Turning Furniture Parts (Part 2)

    by Peter Galbert

    In Part 2 of Peter Galbert's series on turning, learn the subtleties involved in planing a smooth surface, plus cutting the precise notches, beads, and coves seen ...

  • How to Sharpen Your Turning ToolsHow to Sharpen Your Turning Tools

    by Peter Galbert

    For many woodworkers, learning to turn furniture parts, such as legs, pulls, or even columns, is a natural progression. It’s a fun journey, but to be successful ...

  • How to Turn Furniture PartsHow to Turn Furniture Parts

    by Peter Galbert

    Conquer the learning curve from furniture maker to competent wood turner with this no-nonsense guide by chair maker Peter Galbert. In this first of two articles, ...

  • Sanding Jig is the Segmented Turner’s Secret WeaponSanding Jig is the Segmented Turner’s Secret Weapon

    by Art Breese

    Learn how to build a sanding jig for perfect segments

  • Secrets of Segmented TurningSecrets of Segmented Turning

    by Art Breese

    Give segmented turning a try, and you may quickly become an addict like Art Breese and his woodshop friends. It's fun, you get a beautiful end project, and you ...

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