A Case for Prototyping:
The Vise Project
By Curtis Turner
Round Rock, Texas
A customer recently asked if I could turn a round handle to replace a traditional woodworking vise handle. My first reaction was sure no problem. After we discussed requirements, I realized this simple project had the potential to be not so simple. In this case, the customer wanted to provide his own laminated blank with contrasting colors. The dark wood was to be centered in the outer rim of the wheel. Fortunately, I had the same woodworking vise. I decided my vise would serve as the guinea pig for this project.
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What's the "Right" Way to Use Friction Polish?
By Rick Morris
I recently realized that not everyone uses "friction polish" (a mix of shellac, denatured alcohol, and (usually) boiled linseed oil) in the same manner that I do for their finishing processes. For that reason, I decided to try out a number of variations in the use of friction polish, to find out the "right", or perhaps, the "best" methodology in friction polishing for use in finishing my turning projects.
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This month we are sharing the woodturning projects of Aaron Thomas, a veteran of the Iraq war, who has found joy in woodturning while dealing with PTSD.
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Making a Morse Taper Reamer
I had a friend call the other day to complain that his Morse Taper on his drive center wouldn't seat properly in the quill. I've had the same problem, but I've learned how to fix it.
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