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  1. Swamp Maple Vase

    My lady friend's parents had a Swamp Maple tree in their yard for 40 years. a storm finally took part of it, and they ended up having to cut the whole thing down. I asked her to bring me a couple pieces of it, and I'd see if I could make anything out of it… kind of a remembrance for them. I...
  2. Angela's Gavel

    A friend of mine's wife was in her last semester at law school when I tried to make a mortar and pestle. I had a started to turn the mortar when I realized that it had some worm damage. not wanting to throw out the beautifully spalted piece, I decided to make a gavel.
  3. Another Bowl

    A good friend of mine had been following my attempts at making things on the lathe, so I was really excited when he got his own lathe. We met up, and I showed him what safety knowledge I had, and then we (he) turned his first piece - a multi-stepped bowl. Since then, he's been sending me...
  4. Daughters Birthday Cabinet

    After the creation of the previous cabinet for my eldest, my youngest got to designing her own - very strong willed young lady - here is the result of my effort and her design - she helped with hand planing some of the timber (door frames etc). Carcase is maple (my last few pieces) - handcut...
  5. Woodworking Skill Share
    I've been using the Norton 3x sandpaper, and I really love it… but the highest I've found it is 400-ish, and I want to go further. Sure, I could get finer and finer papers, but paper gets hot when used on the lathe. I just heard yesterday about EEE polish, and it reminded me of an idea that I...
  6. Blogs
    Gears! I cut the gears as best I could… using a sprocket as a template, I traced the outline of 6 teeth onto some paper. I then traced it onto the clock. i didn't have a drill press, or the right size bit, so I free-handed the holes, then used the band saw, and the dremel. It went back on...
  7. Blogs
    Sprocket Clock A fellow motorcyclist and long time friend of mine is getting married, despite my ardent advice to run. Since I'm obligated to provide some sort of item to mark the occasion, I decided to make something on the lathe. Since both he and his fiancé ride, I wanted to make something...
  8. Blogs
    Rottenstone Problems http://www.blackroses.com/~skip/woodturning/problems/ I picked up some 4F pumice and some rottenstone… I sanded to 400, then used the pumice. I put some of the paraffin oil on a rag, and sprinkled on the pumice. Needless to say, I was quite surprised when the white powder...
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