Woodturning Techniques

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  • 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… Read more »

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    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… Read more »

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    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… Read more »

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    Turning Bowls from Laminated Beams

    Wood turners are consistently a resourceful bunch, particularly when it comes to sourcing materials for their next turning project. We’ve seen George turn everything from synthetic countertop material to deer antler, and now his latest choice might be his most outrageous selection yet as he turns a beautiful bowl from a section of laminated beam… Read more »

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    Sanding and Polishing Soapstone on the Lathe

    Amaze all your woodworking buddies by showing off a perfectly polished soapstone project! George Vondriska teaches you how to properly sand a piece of soapstone and polishing soapstone with a rubbing compound from an auto parts store to remove all the sanding scratches and make the unique patterns of your soapstone pop.

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    Electric Chainsaw + Log = Wood Turning Blanks

    Bowl turners are typically scroungers. They’re constantly on the lookout for cool looking logs they can turn into bowls. Once you’ve got the log, how do you handle it to easily and safely turn it into a wood turning blank? Here’s one approach. Why Logs? When a tree is first cut down, the wood will… Read more »

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    Sharpening Chisels and Plane Irons

    The safest tool is a sharp tool. Lots of woodworkers cringe at the idea of sharpening their plane irons, bench chisels, lathe chisels….because they’re afraid of ruining the tool. This is where tool sharpening systems pay off. They help take the guesswork out of sharpening, and make sharpening easier. And if sharpening is easy to… Read more »

  • 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… Read more »

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    High Speed Grinders vs. Low Speed Grinders

    I love sharpening my lathe chisels on a grinder. It makes for fast sharpening, which means I can get back to my lathe turning quickly. When it comes to sharpening chisels, as opposed to shaping, a metal edge, a low rpm grinder offers a lot of advantages. There are uses for high speed grinders too,… Read more »

  • 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.

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