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Overhauling a Few of my Shop Assistants
By Curtis Turner
Round Rock, TX

I finally decided to make good on my promise to upgrade a few of my shop-made tools. These are trusty shop assistants that I have used for years. I never think about them -- until I need them. They were made quickly, from whatever material was available at the time. Every time I use one, I think to myself, "I can make something better than that."

For this monthly column, we invite you to SEND US PHOTOS of your woodturning projects along with captions and a brief history and description of your woodturning. (Email photos at 800x600 resolution.) Receive a $50 store credit if we show your turning in a future issue.

This month we are featuring the fascinating turnings of Michelle Richards, who is trying some new techniques she has developed to create some truly jaw-dropping woodturnings.

Take a look at some of her amazing pieces:

Oneway Wolverine Jig:
The Turner's Choice

There are reasons why the Wolverine Jig paired with its optional Vari-Grind attachment for gouges and a slow-speed bench grinder has become the sharpening system of choice for many woodturners, both beginner and highly experienced.

What are those reasons?

Hardware Parts Kit to build a homemade Mini-Texturing Tool:
A fun and useful project

Our hardware parts kit and simple instructions make it both fun and easy to create your own mini-texturing tool for adding exquisite decorative details to your woodturning projects.

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December 17
Beginning Turning

December 18
Turn a Peppermill

January 11
Taming the Skew

January 14
Basic Bowl Turning

January 15
Turning Bottle Stoppers

January 21
Beginning Turning

January 22
Turn a Peppermill

wood finishing
The Bowl Scraper I've Been Waiting For!

I'm excited to tell you about a great new bowl scraper that I've just discovered.

It's called the Kelton Multi-axis Scraper, designed and manufactured by Kel McNaughton in New Zealand.

To be honest, when I first saw the tool I was not very impressed. Just another scraper, right?

Well, after putting the scraper to the test, turns out I was wrong.

Why this scraper got me excited:

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