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Journey into Woodturning #27: final review of the WEN lathe

11-18-2020 03:54 PM by MovingChips | 2 comments »

WEN 8×12 3420T Wood Lathe – 7 Months old, 39 projects in and the lathe has died. This is my final review and look at the WEN 8×12 model 3420t. - Weak motor- Soft Metal (tool rest and head stock)- No replacement parts- Tool rest lowest setting not low enough- Not meant for bowl turning + Variable speed control+ 110v house outlet (no special electrical outlet required) I may have pushed this little lathe beyond its manufactures suggested usage. To understand this is to ...

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Journey into Woodturning #26: DEATH of a LATHE - (WEN 3420t)

11-17-2020 03:03 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

Ambrosia Maple Potpourri Box with Pewter Lid. That was going to be the title for this video. Little did I know the lathe was going to finally show its true colors and call it quits. The WEN lathe has served me well and taught me a great deal. I learned so many things while turning projects over the past 6 months, can I complain about it? Yes… yes I can… but we’ll save that for another video. I managed to get my hands on a Laguna Revo-1216 and finished what I started. The new lathe is a bea...

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Journey into Woodturning #25: First Funnel?!

11-10-2020 03:55 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

I decided to finish off the last little pieces of black walnut and ash, thinking it could be a toothpick holder. I also thought I could use a wood tap and die set for a twist lid. Going into this, I wasn’t sure what the shape or design would be, I just jumped in. Turned the black walnut first and threading was no problem. However, the cylinder needed to be really long, which means it would need to go deep into the ash. So I had to make a small adjustment on how it would look in the end. I ...

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Journey into Woodturning #24: 2 Sexy Pens!

11-05-2020 03:04 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

Sexy pens! I was requested recently at a party, to make pens for a couple of lady’s, specifically my mother-in-law and step mother. They both agreed the pen they were to receive should be curvy and more feminine. Only one requested walnut and silver trim. The other got the matching wood and trim given out on father’s day. This was the first time I made curvy/sexy pens. I think they turned out great and I’m sure the lady’s will appreciate them. Here is this week’s video: 2 Sexy Pens!

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Journey into Woodturning #23: Custom Hot Rod Shifter!

11-03-2020 03:00 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

Here is a fun little project, if not for yourself, maybe a family member or friend. Shifters are something you can change and customize to fit your style or the look of the vehicle. In this case I turned a three-wood piece, in hopes that it matches slightly to the hot rod in question. My uncle has built many race cars and races every weekend. Recently he got an classic vehicle back in his hands from the early 70’s. He did an amazing job building it and it looks great, with a flat black top...

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Journey into Woodturning #21: Spalted Ambrosia Maple Fruit Bowl!

10-20-2020 02:11 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

Spalted Ambrosia Maple, just saying it sounds fancy. Maple is a nice wood. Ambrosia Maple is special. Spalted ambrosia maple is beautiful. Wood grain in general is like a fingerprint of a piece of art. When the fingerprint becomes a tattoo of art unto itself, it’s more than the signature of the piece. It takes on another look, feel, persona, gesture, ambience… beauty. I knew going into the piece it would be shallow and probably a fruit bowl, but I did not see this wood turning out so amazi...

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Journey into Woodturning #20: Exotic Wood Koozie!

10-13-2020 02:07 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

Beer koozie has been on my list of projects for a very long time. It just took a while to get the pieces and my imagination in right frame of mind. Until recently, I was not thrilled with the selection of wood and it felt like something was missing. The new box of exotics, which came unlabeled, gave me the pieces I think I was missing. I decided to give the koozie a try, and boy am I glad I did. This project turned out great! I am fairly confident that the wood used is purpleheart and zebr...

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Journey into Woodturning #19: Harry Potter Back-scratcher!

10-06-2020 02:01 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

I channeled my inner Harry Potter to make a wand backscratcher. I picked up a back-scratcher project kit and some red oak from home depot. Maxed out the length on the lathe and turned a stick. Well a stick with a handle, that also had a pommel and threaded insert. It really does look like a magical wand, without the brass hand attached. This was an easy turn on the lathe and a fun project, while still being practical. I’ve been wanting a backscratcher for so long. Never have one when I nee...

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Journey into Woodturning #18: Black Walnut Candle Holders

09-29-2020 02:01 PM by MovingChips | 1 comment »

Black walnut is a great wood to work with. It cuts so nicely, sands well and finishes great. So, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on these two 4×4x6 pieces of black walnut to attempt turning a pair of candle stick holders. This was a great project and I had a lot of fun with the challenges. The difficulty being a duplication of one holder to the other, without using calipers. The end result turned out fantastic and here is what I learned. I think in the future I would rather a 4...

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Journey into Woodturning #12: Best Turn Thus Far!

09-01-2020 02:19 PM by MovingChips | 0 comments »

I had no idea when I started turning this piece of cherry wood that it would turn out so well. I like the shape, but the shine is what truly makes this project a success. I can’t wait to see what my next project looks like after using the O.B. Shine Juice. Regardless, this was absolutely the best turn on the lathe thus far! I’m going to steal a line from Sinead O’connor, “nothing compares…. to you!”. Just WOW. LOL This week’s video: Potpourri Pot out of cherry, with O.B. Shine Juice

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