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Blog series by Dave Rutan updated 01-04-2019 09:27 PM 6 parts 8533 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: In the Beginning...

12-15-2014 08:45 PM by Dave Rutan | 5 comments »

I had it in mind for some time now to rig up something on which I could do some small wood turning. The photos above and below show the result of that. I have some bugs to work out yet with this set up. The drive end wobbles a bit under pressure while cutting. I’m thinking I could add some support to the shaft of the drive spur to help stabilize it. I also think I need a sharpening day. I just used my straight mortising chisels. They work after a fashion, but I think they&#...

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Part 2: Honey Dipper/Potato Masher

12-21-2014 01:50 AM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

Fooling around this evening, I cut off a length of maple that the road crew lopped off our curbside tree a few years ago and put it on my turning set up. Having recently watched a few videos on the ‘This Woodwork’ channel, nee ‘The Teen Woodworker’, I decided to try making a honey dipper. It’s still a little rough. When I showed my wife she said it was huge. Oh well. It was just an experiment anyway.

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Part 3: Playing with a Top

12-09-2015 01:36 AM by Dave Rutan | 2 comments »

I do not own an actual lathe, but I lashed together something some months ago to play with [link]. With Christmas approaching and no idea for my nephew, it occurred to me that a top might be a good gift. I well remember and have rewatched Steve Ramsey’s video where his lathe gave him a hard time when he was trying to make a top. I decided that maybe, just maybe I could manage to make one with my improvised wood turning device. [Below] I glued up four pieces of 3/4 in. oak to make the...

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Part 4: A Better Drive Spur for my DIY Turning Contraption

12-17-2015 08:20 PM by Dave Rutan | 1 comment »

Digging into something I began last summer, I had 3 legs to turn. The first one jumped out from between the centers about three times. I was using the drive spur I made when I first contrapted my turning set up. Before I began turning the second leg, I remembered hearing that in a drill powered set up like mine, that a spade bit could also work. I happened to have a few short shank spade bits, so I hammered one into the center of the second leg, chucked it up and gave it a try. It di...

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Part 5: A Big Fail

01-05-2016 05:59 PM by Dave Rutan | 6 comments »

I got it in my head that i could create a turned box for my niece’s birthday. I glued up two blanks with a piece of plywood in between the two halves to add interest. I went out and bought some plumbing supplies to make a face plate for my drill powered, wood turning lash-up.And went to turning. While it was spinning it looked good, but when I stopped it to take a look, the ugly truth was revealed. I’m not sure if the problem was the vibration of the drill, ...

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Part 6: Handling a saw

01-04-2019 09:27 PM by Dave Rutan | 5 comments »

I got a lathe for Christmas. I had this in mind for at least two years, but never managed to accrue the funding for it. Now it’s mine! All mine! So I had this nest of saws with the blades that each fit on the handle, but only one at a time. I want to put all the blades in handles for ease of use and felt this would be a good beginning lathe project. Everything went well, except that I forgot to put two grooves in the end to maybe help it match the commercial models. Ah we...

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