Adhesives and Fillers Bandsaw Related Chainsaws Chucking Related
Gauges Hollowing Miscellaneous Powermatic 3520 PM Electrical
Projects Sanding and Finishing Wooden Tool Handle
Turning Tools: Gouges Parting Tools Scrapers Skews Sharpening
Basic properties of wood glue, cyanoacrylate (CA), and epoxy.
An inexpensive plastic pipette makes a good applicator for thin CA glue.
Coffee Grounds and Epoxy as a Filler
Using coffee grounds (and other materials) and epoxy to fill cracks and voids.
A simple fixture that enables bowls to be cut apart safely on a bandsaw.
Build a short one and a longer one with a novel system for steadying a log.
How to make infeed and outfeed supports for the long bandsaw sled.
The two most common causes of kickbacks and how to avoid them.
Subtitle: “How to not get killed with a chainsaw.”
Cutting Blanks with a Chainsaw
Tips for cutting blanks, building log holders, and using a chainsaw inside the shop.
Rotary Adaptor for a Vacuum System
How to make a double-
Make a vacuum chuck for holding spheres while sanding and finishing.
Holding Power of Chuck Jaws, Part 1
How large should the tenon be to maximize the holding power? Jaws fully expanded or closed to near minimum? To better understand this question, the holding power is separated into two components, torque and leverage, and the effect of tenon diameter on each is considered.
Part 2: Holding Power, More Details
Types of chuck jaws: dovetail and serrated. Forming a dovetailed tenon. Working near the limits.
Describes tenons that are somewhat unconventional: an inset tenon; a tenon inside a bowl; a tenon inside the foot of a bowl, and a tenon that surrounds the foot of a vessel.
Part 2: A Tenon on a Tenon – Make a Plunder Bowl
A bowl whose hollow is off center makes a neat overnight repository for pocket plunder.
Make a wooden “faceplate” for holding items roughly 2” in diameter.
Screw Chucks and Threaded Mandrels
Why screws do not hold well in end-
How to use a “sliding bevel” to measure the bevel angles on turning tools.
Earl Kennedy’s easy-
Thickness Gauges for Ornaments
Three small gauges for measuring the wall thickness of globes for tree ornaments.
A description of the Sorby Hollowmaster and an introduction to hollowing.
Hollowmaster: Sharpening the Rod, Disk, and Bullet Cutters
Holders for the cutters; setting the angle; grinding and honing.
Air Circulation in Hollow Forms
Reducing the curing time for a finish applied to the inside of a hollow form.
How I made a thin-
Tools for fine detail. What you need; heat treatment; round-
Make a holder for a sanding pad so it can be mounted on the lathe.
A way to store Anchorseal so you don’t have to clean the brush.
Jeff Willaford’s wooden collet for holding a dowel for a bottle stopper.
Using a string to draw an ellipse of a predetermined size.
A Holder for a Set of Circle Templates
This holder keeps them in order and allows any one to be selected quickly.
Torque Amplifier for a Chuck Key
A simple handle makes it much easier for an old guy to get the chuck really tight.
Using Dividers to Transfer Dimensions
Safely transfer a dimension to the face of a workpiece.
How to Solder Electrical Connections, Part 1
Soldering irons and guns. Solder and flux. The secret to getting solder to stick.
Part 2: Tinning Wires and Making Connections
The basic technique for joining wires and attaching wires to solder lugs.
Part 3: Power Controller for a Soldering Iron
Use a light dimmer to prevent a soldering iron from overheating.
Do not turn wood from a tree that has been struck by a Hoop Snake
A fixture for using the indexing wheel from Ironfire LLC.
Guidelines for selecting the RPM for turning various workpieces.
A simple way to lock the spindle on a Powermatic lathe.
How to install a line switch for a Powermatic lathe
Circuit description; how it works.
Removing the inverter for replacement or repair.
Description and part numbers; details for replacing; a stop-
Remote Switch for PM 3520, Part 1
Installing a remote switch on a PM lathe; details of making the connections.
Crimping connectors and mounting the switch.
An egg combined with a hollow form yields a functional birdhouse.
A rolling pin holder that stands the rolling pin on end for a small footprint.
A brief description of four methods for turning a sphere.
A spotllight above the lathe casts a shadow onto a screen placed below the blank. A circle drawn on the screen serves as a guide for creating the sphere
How to deal with the challenges of holding the blank while you turn a doughnut.
How to cut accurate rings and disks from thin, flexible materials
How to make a three-
A Three Tiered Lazy Susan, Part 2
This is the second part of the Lazy Susan project
Overall description. Making the top platter.
Making the base and attaching the platter.
A design for a rolling pin with rotating handles. Making the body.
Making and installing the handles. Includes making a threaded mandrel.
Making a single-
Part 4: A Half-
Describes the modifications required to scale down the basic rolling pin.
Plunder Bowl – See the article in the “Chucking Related” section.
Make a Screw Chuck – Described in the article in the “Chucking Related” section.
Plate from a Thin Blank – Described in the article “Tenons and Variations, Part 1.”
Basics of sanding: sanding speed; sanding through the grits; and so forth.
Sanding, Part 2: Power Sanding
Using a drill and sanding disks to remove deep scratches and torn grain.
Sanding, Part 3: General Comments and Applications
Sanding the footprint of a nubbin. Wet sanding. Sanding a finish.
Applying a Lacquer-
The method I use to obtain a glossy finish using Deft lacquer.
The Beall system and the buffing process. What buffing cannot do. Common problems.
Make an inexpensive mandrel for mounting a Beall buffing wheel on your lathe.
Preparing a Mineral Oil – Beeswax Finish
Determine the quantities of oil and wax to use. How to “cook” the mixture.
Describes a method for making a tool handle out of wood.
Using the lathe to drill the hole in a tool handle. Emphasis is on safety.
What a ferrule does and how to install metal and wrapped-
An introduction to gouges: names of parts, types; definitions of swing, tilt, and rotation.
Part 2: Spindle Roughing Gouge
How to use a spindle roughing gouge. Why it must not be used on a bowl.
Part 3: The Basic Cut with a Bowl Gouge
A systematic approach to the basic cut. Rubbing the bevel and guiding the cut.
Description. Roughing and bevel-
Part 5: Basic Sidegrain Turning
Description of several basic cuts with a bowl gouge. Preparing a practice blank.
Part 6: Cuts in Rough Turning a Bowl
Describes several ways a bowl gouge may be used while roughing out a bowl.
Part 7: Small Spindle and Detail Gouges
Applications. Includes cutting V groves, coves, beads, and small tenons.
Importance of using, and a readily available, inexpensive honing fluid.
My method of sharpening turning tools without the use of a jig.
Using a simple jig to sharpen a tool with a steep bevel can be very dangerous.
Part 1: Introduction to Scrapers
Scraping vs. cutting; Properties of burrs from grinding, honing, and burnishing; How to sharpen a scraper.
Part 2: More about the Burr; Shear Scraping
Testing a burr to determine its characteristics; How the bevel angle affects the burr; Introduction to shear scraping.
Part 3: Negative Rake Scrapers
A discussion of negative rake and bevel angles; A scraper with a 35° included angle and why it cuts; A few applications.
Part 1: Introduction to the Skew
Rectangular, oval, rolled-
Part 2: Incising a Line, V Grooves, and More
Square cut across end grain. Shaping convex surfaces; using the skew in making a finial.
How to sharpen skews using either a grinder or a belt sander. Tips on honing a skew.
Neglecting to provide clearance for a parting tool had a dramatic effect.
Thin and symmetrical-
Part 2: How to Sharpen a Parting Tool
Sharpening thin parting tools with a grinder or belt sander. Honing parting tools.
Part 1: Introduction to Spalted and Degraded Wood
Tips on evaluating and mounting degraded wood on the lathe.
Part 2: Obtaining a Clean Surface
Roughing out the form using several different cuts with a bowl gouge.
Part 3: Finish turning, Sanding, and Applying a Finish
Use of lacquer sanding sealer to fortify the wood.