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Monster Wide Cocobolo Slabs and the Blank Give-away

02-19-2019 01:09 AM by Steve | 0 comments »

A while back, we brought in some of the largest 8/4 Cocobolo Rosewood live-edge slabs I’ve ever seen. It was fun to process them into parts. At the tail-end of the project, we made pen blanks from the scraps. Maximum utilization of the resource! View on YouTube

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Simple bandsaw circle jig

10-28-2010 09:14 PM by Neightdogg | 2 comments »

Whether you have cut your turning blank with a chainsaw or purchased it online, there is a good chance you are working with a square block. There is nothing I hate more, while turning, than those square corners of a large blank picking up speed and jarring me with every rotation into my cutting tool. Fortunately cutting those square turning blanks into rounds couldn’t be much easier, as long as you have a nice band saw and a few minutes to make a jig. In this blog I will demonstrate t...

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Stump Cuts

10-07-2010 04:49 PM by Neightdogg | 6 comments »

In wood turning there is a constant search for unique wood that will catch the eye and set a bowl or platter apart. The crotch, where a limb meets the main body of the tree, is a great place to find figured wood. When a limb forces its way in between growth rings, it causes a ripple in the surrounding wood like a pebble landing in water. The stump section of the tree is totally unique because the entire network of roots come together at one point, creating figure and beauty that can o...

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found wood #15: just showing off a pretty piece of olive wood

02-26-2010 12:40 PM by Gary Fixler | 10 comments »

This is from the olive haul I got almost a year ago for free from some tree trimmers. Early this month, in the mood for some more resawing, I cut up another of the logs into blanks around the insane amount of checking. I’ve probably heard every trick now to keeping wood from splitting – freezing, microwaving, alcohol dipping, Anchorseal, storing in a bag of shavings after turning, filling cracks with coffee grounds or wood dust and thin CA glue – I’ve tried many of ...

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resawing #4: European olive (Olea europaea) turning blanks

06-25-2009 04:01 AM by Gary Fixler | 8 comments »

I never posted it, but the day after I got those paperbark branches I went back to the same location to pick up the logs of the tree they were cutting down fully, so the building there could put up a security camera. I had stopped for the paperbark, and they asked if I wanted to come back for a whole tree the next day. Score! Here’s the tree as it stood between the cut-back paperbarks. I honestly never even looked at it, busy with paperbark at the time, so I was glad I had this one blur...

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tragedies #1: sealed with a trip

06-21-2009 12:46 PM by Gary Fixler | 21 comments »

Let me show you why tonight’s shop-time sucked… Sigh… So I had a 2gal bucket of Anchorseal – prized wood end grain sealer for drying logs and planks. I was carrying it to a spot in the shop where I was to seal up a bunch of European olive bottle blanks I resawed and cut up from a large log tonight. My foot got hung up really well on something – maybe my rolling stand – and I lurched forward hard. Of course, I never trip like that, but since I was car...

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