Saturday, February 25, 2017

Wheelie Bug Pull Toy

I made the pull toy on the right for my granddaughter Poet when she was a toddler. My extended family has an active toddler who might play with one so I thought it might make a good video to demonstrate making another one.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Woodturning a Chess Set

I had been turning almost 9 years before I got around to turning a chess set. Probably because I don't play chess so hated to put that much time and effort into a project that would go into a box on the shelf. But I finally did it and put it on the dining room table. And it was the basis for a chess set making series I did for my YouTube channel. So this led to me asking my 8 year granddaughter, when she had a sleepover,  if she wanted to learn to play a new game. So we played a few games. Well this led to her getting involved in an after school chess program and winning a trophy!  So, I guess her younger sibling may have been a bit jealous but she asked me to teach her! So this inspired me to make another set so each would eventually end up with an heirloom chess set made by their "Bepaw".

Here is a link to the short video I did on the second set. I did quite a bit of research to come up with a design I liked with a knight I thought I could carve.  The design is one I saw of a Soviet era Russian chess set I saw on the internet. The light pieces are Bradford Pear and the green pieces are Persimmon. I am pleased how the chess sets turned out but more so on the opportunity to find something else for me to do together with my granddaughters.

If you are interested in making a chess set, check out the post I did last April on the first set I turned.
I did a complete video series with lots of detail on making a chess set. It is the set my granddaughter is studying above.  I have scale drawings to that set under the Resources tab.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Offering Plates

I was asked to make some offering plates for my small church. I was honored and got started. I used kiln dried red oak and here are the three plates I turned.  This presented several challenges:

  1. Getting the right wood. I attempted this a few years ago with white oak that was still green and most of the blanks and rough turnings cracked. Kiln dried wood is the only way to go. But it did require jointing two pieces to get 12" blanks.
  2. coming up with a design that will allow them to stack
  3. making them identical 
Wes Jones, a member of my club wrote an article on this for the American Woodturner and was gracious enough to allow me to post to my website for others to use.
Here is the video I made for this project. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Thank You YouTube Viewers for One Million Views!

I am so gratified with the  views on my woodturning channel. I appreciate the outpouring of well wishers in response to my recent video where I thank my viewers and show pictures of the projects I did videos on this year.

My next personal goal is to achieve 10,000 subscribers. This milestone will qualify me for a few additional perks from YouTube on account management and learning  opportunities.

Happy New Year, Ya'll.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Birds of a Feather...

I don't post all of my videos on my blog since I put one up each week but it has been a while since I posted and this was an especially fun project.
The project has a two part video. I also made a handout to go along with the video that is available on my Resources page and is called Danish Bird H.O.
If anyone can figure out how to keep the end grain eye white please post in the comments. End grain absorbs finish so the maple end grain eyeball tended to blend into the same color as the oak birds. I tried lacquer sanding sealer and also CA.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Hollowing System

I recently got a hollowing system from Lyle Jamieson and have been learning to use it. Most of my hollow forms in the past tended to be smaller as I tended to rely on hand held tools. Some experienced woodturners are quite comfortable with handle held elbow brace systems with 3/4" bars but not me! Once you get past 1/2" bars, and maybe even then, a system like this Jamieson rig with a laser takes far less skill and worry out of the process. It is just easier and makes turning more fun. You can see a recent video on it here:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lightening Hit Woodturning!

I have just started playing with a new toy, a Lichtenberger woodburner! Here is a short video I just made of me using my burner for the first time. Frank Bowers came over to watch and call 911 in case I electrocuted myself!

I got jump started on this when Bill Wyche from Jackson, TN made a shop visit and brought his burner over to show me. I had seen some pretty scary stuff on YouTube but his unit was well thought out and could be used safely but a careful person. I read an interesting comment, "Some people operate nuclear power plants and others should not be able to operator a toaster." 

I have got several woodturning presentations coming up over the next few weeks I need to prepare for, so I may not get back to this for a while. But stay tuned as I do plan to provide details on safely making and using one of these units. I can safely operate a toaster with no difficulties whatsoever!