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An Introduction to Sphere-Based Turning

By Joe Skehan
Salt Lake City, UT

Most wood turning is performed on material mounted in a single plane; the wood is placed between centers or held in a chuck. It is then worked perpendicular or parallel to the grain. However, as early as the 16th century, turners discovered that if the material being worked was in the shape of a sphere, then it could be worked from any point, rotated and then worked from any other point, producing concentric designs.

Woodturning Tools:
The Easy Wood Tools Full Finisher

By George T. (Terry) Chapman

In woodturning, we never have a catch, we always have a "nasty" catch. I agree that catches are always nasty, and I still hate them. They scare me pretty good most of the time.

I was practicing last week with the next tool in the Easy Wood Tool group, the Full Finisher. It really is a smooth cut and you can get quite aggressive with it.

CLICK HERE to learn what happened to make Terry think he needs a bit more practice with the Full Finisher!

Save over $100 on our Rikon 12" Premium Lathe Package Deal

Our woodturner's turnkey package deal is a great way to get started in the world of woodturning. We've supplemented Rikon's highly popular 12" x 16" 6-speed mini-lathe with our signature set of 4 Bodger HSS turning tools, plus added the world's most popular turning instructional video by Richard Raffan.

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CLICK HERE to watch a great video product tour of the Rikon lathe:

The Galbert Caliper

This superb invention will enhance your spindle turning experience. Peter Galbert's direct reading caliper is a "tape rule for woodturners".

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Find out more about Peter Galbert's upcoming chairbuilding class at Highland:

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This month we are featuring Michael Foster's converted barn workshop in Springfield, Vermont.

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Woodturning Safety: A Few Good Tips

This month’s tip is about safety. Recently there have been some tragic deaths reported in the woodturning community. One turner caught her hair in a lathe and another turner was fatally injured when a bowl exploded. There is always the possibility that an accident may happen, but here are some simple steps you can take to help prevent such a devastating accident from occurring.

Take a look at Phil's Woodturning Safety Tips:

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