Quick Lathe Tip: Marking Lumps In Bowls

Quick Lathe Tip: Marking Lumps In Bowls

  Quick Lathe Tip: Marking Lumps Inside Bowls I’m constantly chasing the perfect transition inside bowls, but sometimes with light colored wood it’s hard to see exactly where I need to remove the material and I end up taking away too much. So here’s what I like to do to help find the exact spot I need to take care of. I start by identifying the area with my fingers. Then I mark the front and back of the lump with a pencil Next I spin the bowl by hand…

Quick Lathe Tip: Protecting Bowls on a Jam Chuck

Quick Lathe Tip: Protecting Bowls on a Jam Chuck

When I use a jam chuck to turn the tenons off the bottom of bowls I like to use a silicone pot holder to protect the inside of bowls. Not only does it protect and giveĀ great cushion to the inside of the bowl, but it also provides great power transfer from the lathe. I start by Installing the jam chuck, in this case I’m using a screw drive to hold it on. Next I place the hot pad over the jam chuck, then put the bowl on top of that….

Steel and Salvaged White Oak Coffee Table

Steel and Salvaged White Oak Coffee Table

  I have been sitting on the footage for a little over a year of this Steel and Salvaged White Oak Coffee Table. It wasn’t for any other reason than other things just kept coming up and getting edited before it. I have been excited to get this out and edited because it’s the first video that actually show cases a lot of my metal working skills. This steel and salvaged white oak coffee table was a challenging build and also allowed me to work with my good friend Billy…

Mini Bowl Gouge Ornament | DIY Christmas Ornament

Mini Bowl Gouge Ornament | DIY Christmas Ornament

I am very quickly becoming completely and utterly obsessed with woodturning. It’s basically all consuming for me now. So when I heard about the 2016 Christmas Ornament challenge I knew I had to enter. I just wasn’t exactly sure what type of ornament I was going to make. After some deliberation and finally coming up with an idea I got it built, filmed, edited, and uploaded just in the nick of time. So here it is without further ado my mini bowl gouge ornament!!!     I made this mini…

Cut Centered Grooves With No Measuring

Cut Centered Grooves With No Measuring

Cutting centered grooves is a really quick and easy process and doesn’t require measuring or a dado blade. Many times this process is faster than setting up your dado blade to the proper width, especially if you only have a few boards to cut. Step 1: Set your blade height and fence OK OK…. So you do need to measure a little, but this is just to set the proper height of the blade. After the blade height is set slide your fence over until the board you are cutting…

How To Build An In Ground Fire Pit

How To Build An In Ground Fire Pit

I recently built an in ground fire pit in my backyard using landscaping flagstone and construction adhesive. With a total cost of around $80 and an afternoon of work I’ve got a fire pit that will last a very long time. Here’s how I did it! Step 1: Gather your materials and tools I built my fire pit using 30 landscaping flagstones and 4 tubes of heavy duty construction adhesive. 30 stones will give me 3 rings of 10 with an approximate inner diameter of about 30 inches. The size…

Pen Blank Drilling Jig

Pen Blank Drilling Jig

These jigs are quick to build and easily madeĀ from a couple of pieces of scrap wood. They are also really handy for drilling nice straight holes through the middle of your pen blanks before installing the brass tubes. Materials used 1. one piece of maple about 16″ long, 2 1/4″ wide, and 3/4″ thick 2. a piece of cherry 1 1/2″ tall, 3/4″ thick, cut in to two short pieces 3. CA glue and accelerator spray Step 1: Check the length of your base and cut out two small pieces…

DIY Wipe On Polyurethane

DIY Wipe On Polyurethane

Mixing your own polyurethane is super easy, it will not only save you some money, but you’ll also be able to get the exact mixture you’re looking for in order to achieve a perfect finish Materials needed 1. Oil based polyurethane (in the gloss of your choice) 2. Mineral spirits 3. Glass mason jar for storage 4. Something to measure with (I used a solo cup) Step 1: Identifying the proper polyurethane In order for this finish to work properly you need to use the proper polyurethane. You’ll want to…