Woodturning Techniques

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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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

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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…

  • " Sharpening Chisels: High Speed vs Low Speed Grinders "

    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,…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…