What does a retired Industrial Arts Teacher give his 15 year old grandson for a gift? Seeing that he is the starting catcher on his high school baseball team, why not make him a baseball bat from Northern White Ash?
The Woodturning Lathe: A Brief History
By Elena Vega
The lathe is among humanity's oldest and most important machine tools. It can shape, drill, bore and grind. In Turning and Mechanical Manipulation, Vol. I, John Jacob Holtzapffel terms the lathe 'the engine of civilization'. He points out it is unique among machine tools in that not only is it the only machine capable of replicating itself, but it is also capable of manufacturing all other machine tools.To read Elena's fascinating brief history of the lathe, CLICK HERE!
Aided by watching Mike Mahoney's excellent DVD, the McNaughton Center Saver makes it possible to turn several nested bowls from a single bowl blank. How is that possible?
Anchorseal 2Try this thick, waxy sealer to get the control you need to slow evaporative moisture loss through end grain and reduce checking and warping as green wood dries.
Green Wood and
End Grain Sealer
The dry film of End Grain Sealer is soft enough to be scraped off the wood easily when it's ready to be used. CLICK HERE for more info:
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This month we are featuring Michael C. Borg's intricately turned beer steins and wine goblets, as well as his 17-year old son Marc's impressive creations. CLICK HERE for a look at these great woodturnings:
Roughing out green wood bowls is a great way to have dry bowls down the line to re-turn and finish to sell or give as gifts, but sometimes after storing these green bowls for a bit, you'll find checking or cracking along the rim.Here's a tip to help keep that from happening:
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