Woodturning

  • Understanding a Starter Set of Lathe Chisels

    Understanding a Starter Set of Lathe Chisels

    Are you ready to buy your first set of lathe chisels? Do you need a gouge, scraper, or parting tool? Or all of the above? Here’s some great buying advice that will help you choose your chisels. In addition to learning what chisels you need, you’ll see how the chisels are used.

  • Lathe Project - Make a Coffee Scoop

    Lathe Project: Make a Coffee Scoop

    Any coffee lover will appreciate this project; a custom turned coffee scoop. The turning process is pretty straight forward, but there are some tricks in mounting the blank and fastening the scoop to the wooden handle. Decaf or regular, this scoop will help keep your coffee habit satisfied.

  • How to Power Sharpen a Round Lathe Chisel

    How to Power Sharpen a Round Lathe Chisel

    Once you get the hang of it, sharpening gouges and round scrapers for your lathe on a low rpm grinder is very fast, letting you get back to turning quickly. The sharpening can be done freehand, but you’ve got to master a few tricks to make sure you get the sharpening right. Thankfully, the tricks…

  • Make a Hummingbird Feeder - Turned Woodworking Gifts

    Make a Hummingbird Feeder

    “Hey, that project is for the birds!” In this case, it really is. This hummingbird feeder is a great lathe project, and will make a great gift. It also teaches some great turning techniques, including making a jam chuck in order to mount the turning. Resource: Hummingbird Feeder Craft Supplies www.woodturnerscatalog.com (800) 551-8876

  • Wood Lathe: Protect Your Lathe Tool Rest

    Wood Lathe: Protect Your Lathe Tool Rest

    If your lathe chisels, especially skews, have sharp corners on them, they’re probably digging into the lathe tool rest every time you use them. That makes for a lot of filing to keep the tool rest smooth. Here’s an easy way to make sure your chisels never get the chance to dig into the lathe…

  • Straightening a Lathe Tool Rest

    Straightening a Lathe Tool Rest

    Wood lathes don’t require too much maintenance, but to keep your cuts going smoothly you should give the tool rest some TLC every once in a while. It’s easy to do, and will make your lathe work go much better. Related Video: Wood Lathe: Protect Your Lathe Tool Rest

  • Time for Green Wood Turning

    Time for Green Wood Turning

    There are some distinct advantages to turning green wood instead of dry wood, especially for bowls. Although working with green wood can make the cutting process easier, there are some downsides you need to know about. Watch to see if green wood turning is right for you. Related Videos: Drying Wood In A Microwave Chemically…

  • How to Face Off and Turn End Grain - Woodworking Video

    How to Face Off and Turn End Grain

    George Vondriska teaches you how to complete a sheering cut with a bowl gauge in order to face off the rough end grain on a spindle. He demonstrates the proper technique, which involves making a small shoulder at the end of your spindle material and turning the gouge to start the sheer. You’ll end up…

  • Simple Stave Assembly

    Simple Stave Assembly

    George Vondriska takes you step-by-step through the glue up process of a stave assembly that will eventually be used for the outside of a wine bottle cooler. When constructing a stave you will find it is easier to break the process into smaller steps, using less pieces. Follow George as he uses masking tape and…

  • Using CA Glue to Repair a Punky Turning

    Using CA Glue to Repair a Punky Turning

    George Vondriska teaches you how to use CA glue to salvage any turning project that has a rotted or punky patch. He demonstrates this simple woodworking tip on a piece of spalted maple that he’s turning into a bowl. By applying multiple coats of medium viscosity CA glue while the piece is on the lathe,…