Woodturning Techniques

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  • Oval Turning

    Have you ever wanted to try oval turning on your lathe? Through the use of multi-axis turning you can do this. Multi-axis turning involves moving the live center to multiple points on your spindle to create a shape that is something other than round, such as an oval. Why might someone want to learn oval…

  • Making Striped Turning Blanks

    If you enjoy woodturning, you surely spend some time preparing turning blanks. Sometimes it’s nice to work with thick stock and simply cut it to the dimensions that you need. But other times, you might not have thick enough stock, or perhaps you just want to incorporate some different colors into your project to enhance…

  • CBN Bench Grinder

    Everyone is talking about CBN (Cubic boron nitride) grinding wheels, and what they bring to the sharpening world. I set up a CBN bench grinder and put it through its paces to see what the hype is all about. Man, these babies are amazing. What’s the set up? CBN wheels are mounted on a low…

  • How to Free a Stuck Faceplate

    Faceplates provide an easy way to get bowl blanks mounted on the lathe. One downside….the direction in which they spin is the same direction in which they tighten. That is, of course, a good thing when it comes to keeping the bowl blank on the lathe. But it can be a bad thing when it…

  • Turning a Tenon on a 4-Jaw Chuck

    Adding a four-jaw chuck to your turning arsenal can be a real game changer, as these nifty devices can increase your turning efficiency as well as capacity. When you are turning a bowl using a four-jaw chuck, however, it is important to have a good strategy for forming the tenon that will be inserted into…

  • Bowl Blanks from Logs

    How to Cut Bowl Blanks from Logs

    Once you know how to create bowl blanks from logs, turning bowls from fresh cut timber is one of the most satisfying aspects woodworking. The material is abundant and cheap and every project is inherent unique due to the unpredictability of what treasure lies inside of each log. Even the preparatory process of how to…

  • Overcome Chatter on the Lathe

    Overcome Chatter on the Lathe

    You can turn just about anything that is round on a lathe, within the length and diameter constraints of your machine. But when you turn a spindle to a long, thin shape, you will invariably encounter the work piece beginning to vibrate under pressure from your lathe chisel. The next thing that you’ll notice is…

  • Separating a Paper Glue Joint

    Separating a Bowl Paper Glue Joint

    Paper joints provide a great way to fasten sacrificial or dummy boards to the back of a bowl blank. There a number of benefits. The dummy board provides a place you can drive screws from the faceplate, without having to put the screws directly in the bowl. That means no screw holes in the bottom…

  • Burl Wood Bowl Blanks – Where Do You Start?

    One of the best parts of bowl turning is finding chunks of unusual wood that you can turn into amazing bowls. In this case, George was given a huge piece of red oak burl. In this video he explores the burl wood, and walks you through how he changes the huge chunk of wood into…

  • Using a 4 Jaw Chuck When Turning a Bowl

    Woodturning is a blast, and we at WWGOA love to make videos that cover lathe techniques. But like anything worthwhile, there is some setup involved before the real fun can begin. With woodturning one of the key steps is to get your work piece mounted securely on the lathe. There are numerous ways that this…