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Demonstrating Woodturning at an Arts Festival
By Curtis Turner
Round Rock, TX

I always enjoy demonstrating and interacting with a crowd. As turners, we can forget that most of America has never seen a lathe up close, or watched the process of how an item is made using the lathe.

So, what is involved in turning for an audience? CLICK HERE to read how Curtis sets up for one of his woodturning demonstrations:

Understanding, Turning & Enjoying Spinning Tops
By Federico Kuhlmann
Mexico City, Mexico

Ever since mankind started observing spinning tops appearing in nature, they have captivated our attention and developed our imagination. In this article I will tell you a little bit about the physics of spinning tops, some rules to select material to make one and a few recipes to turn one.

CLICK HERE to read more about the fascinating spinning top and learn how to make your own:

Rare Earth Magnets

Rare earth magnets can be used to hold knockout bars to lathes, chuck keys to drill presses and blade wrenches to table saws. Rare earth magnets have innumerable applications on jigs, fixtures and hardware as well. A single 1" magnet has more than 10 lbs of pull; two of them face-to-face are virtually inseparable.

CLICK HERE for more details:

Beall Wood Buff Kit

The Beall Wood Buff kit has gained a multitude of admirers - especially among turning enthusiasts. Its ease of use, coupled with the sheen it produces, makes it a particularly elegant solution to many finishing dilemmas. The Wood Buff may be attached to a 1725 r.p.m. stationary motor, a wood lathe, or a multi-purpose shop tool.

CLICK HERE to learn more:

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Jeff Brockett started out as a 'flat board woodworker', but developed a passion for woodturning after seeing a woodturning demonstration at a craft fair.

Take a look at his turned wooden hats and more:

wood finishing More Uses for Magnets in Woodturning

My question about using magnets around the shop last month led to several great emails from our readers. From storing wrenches, marking depths and locating spouses lost in their workshop, magnets really do have a lot of great woodworking uses.

For more great ideas for using magnets around your own woodturning shop, CLICK HERE:

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