Jumpstart Your Turning Skills with a Class
By Curtis Turner
Round Rock, TX
Highland Woodworking is pleased to introduce you to Curtis Turner, our newest contributing writer to The
Highland Woodturner. Even though he has been a "Turner" his entire life, he knew turning was a
skill that required the guidance of a master to develop it fully. He worked closely with an
experienced turner, who helped him train his eye (and hand) to blend curves, develop pleasing forms
and sharpen tools efficiently.
The guidance he received in his early days of turning has convinced
him that success in woodworking credits back to both formal instruction and membership in a
community of woodworkers.
The Easy Wood Tools Full Detailer
By George T. (Terry) Chapman
This month, I tried the Easy Detailer while turning a spindle and
a bead and cove. I also added a few other details which one might use while making a candlestick, a
Windsor chair leg or a stair spindle. The Easy Detailer worked like a champ.
CLICK HERE to read more about Terry's experience using the Easy Wood Tools Full Detailer and
watch a video of the tool being used:
The Metabo Compact Random Orbit Sander: A Woodturner's Favorite
Metabo's tough little sander is a turner's favorite
for finishing open bowls and platters, and it does a fine job wherever access is limited, such as
inside cabinets and boxes. Its 3-1/8" hook & loop disc reaches forward clear of the motor housing,
letting you sand unobstructed right into corners and other tight spaces.
Want to know more? Take a look!
The Elbo Tool: Eliminate the Drudgery of End Grain Vessel Hollowing!
With a minimum of set up time, the Elbo Tool readily attaches to
any lathe without retaining bars or special hardware. Three elbow-joint pivot points let you
guide the cutter effortlessly. No more tense muscles or bone jolting rides as you hollow.
CLICK HERE for more info:
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It's All About the Finish
This tip is not about what finish to use on your woodturning projects, but what you do after you close the can or
bottle of finish to help preserve the rest for your next project. How many times have you closed up your finish and
put it on the shelf only to find it skimmed over the next time you open it?
Here's a tip to
help keep that from happening: