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New From Dick Webber
Flutemaster Version 2
Many of you will have already heard about Dick Webber's Flute Master. It's been available on the market for over a year and is becoming very popular with people wanting to decorate the outsides of their turned pieces. Dick has also released the Spiral Master for those interested in adding spiral flutes to their turnings.
The Flutemaster has recently been given a series of updated parts which will expand its use and improve its performance. These version 2 improvements include:
a “micro depth control” feature that makes it easy to control depth of cut by 2/1000 of an inch for each “click” of the nose of the tool holder.
a new tool bushing which improves accuracy with the Foredom, Mastercarver and Wecheer tools.
support for two more popular routers, the Trend T4 and the Ridgid R2401 laminate trimmers. These are more powerful, less costly, and have more flexibility than the Foredom, Mastercarver and Wecheer.
a set of high quality carbide router bits.
Like you, we're always excited to see a manufacturer improving their products. Making flutes on your turnings is now easier than ever!
Woodturning is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States, but most beginning woodturners don’t have access to formal training or experienced teachers.
Jim Rodgers is the wood turning instructor for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District's wood turning program where he teaches several semester-length turning courses. Jim also coaches wood turning at the high school level in the Acalanes School Districts and offers one-day courses at local woodworking dealers.
Jim is currently the President of the Segmented Woodturners, an AAW virtual chapter.
“A Lesson Plan for Woodturning” provides a complete, self-directed course in woodturning safety, tools, and techniques that will help any beginning woodturner learn the basics on his or her own time. Using methods proven in the classroom, “A Lesson Plan for Woodturning” provides the equivalent of three semester-length classes in one book.
After inventing the highly successful Flute Master, turner Dick Webber was asked by users to find a way for it to make spiral cuts.
With the aid of an innovative engineer, the two finally solved the challenges to design a tool that is economical and makes spiral cuts of any length, both clock- wise and counter clock-wise, on lathes from 12 to 25 inch capacities.
The heart of the Spiral Master is an assembly that contains four bearings that allow the piece being turned to rotate pinned to an index wheel or to turn freely to index from cut to cut.
The assembly installs by its Morse Taper into the tailstock of the lathe and the other side holds a spindle fastened to the user's chuck.
As the Flute Master is moved along the lathe bed the turning is rotated by the Spiral Master. following the profile of the turning.
We recently found out that Bob Leonard was building vacuum chuck kits for woodturners. And doing it at a very reasonable price thereby allowing more turners to take advantage of the wonderful benefits of a vacuum chuck.
With a vacuum chuck, you don't have to fiddle with Cole Jaws or Longworth Chucks or even Jam Chucks. Just center the work, turn on the vacuum, check the pressue on the gauge and gently finish your turning. It's quick and easy to do!
Bob's kits can be built by anyone with some assembly and woodworking experience.
And prices start at $150 plus $20 shipping in the U.S.
If you use regular non-prescription safety eyeglasses and find them uncomfortable when you add earmuff sound protection then this new product might be for you. The supplier's description says " SoundVision by FullPro is an eye protection solution that eliminates problems users experience when using traditional safety glasses with earmuffs or headsets. Regular safety glasses break earmuff seals, causing pressure points against the skull and reducing protection. SoundVision eliminates the pinching and improves earmuff protection by up to seven decibels by attaching to earmuffs with flexible velcro-like straps."
To use SoundVision, you attach a stick-on Velcro to the back of each side of the earmuff. The Velcro-like straps attached to each side of the safety glasses are attached after you have put on the earmuffs.
After 3 years research and development, NOVA has produced the Infinity Quick Change system, with unparalleled benefits to the wood chuck user.
With the new chuck system, you can make fast and positive jaw changes. Under 30 seconds and even faster! Much faster and less hassle than the screw fastening method with the older NOVA chuck models and other chuck brands.
The NOVA Infinity Jaw Key and Infinity Jaws Slides are a precision cast metal amalgam 3 times the tensile strength of machine grade steel. Jaw Key positively taper locks into Jaw slide with an embedded dovetail design. A stronger and more rigid bond than the original NOVA Screw on Jaws. The Infinity Jaws are taper locked inline with the forward rotation of the chuck. They are safe to use at higher speeds and with larger turning work.
In addition, there are upgrades and retrofits for some of the older Nova chucks. Bring your old chuck up-to-speed quickly!
Putting a strong finish on your final turnings is always a good goal. Some people experience a tacky feeling when using traditional waxes and have moved to a more refined form of wax, microcrystalline wax.
Microcrystalline wax knits down to form a very dense coating which makes it very hard wearing and highly water repellent, ideal for situations needing a tough coating that might get wet. These waxes also have a higher melting point than traditional waxes.
Chestnut Products is a UK-based manufacturer of finishing products. They have a great list of products that are useful by woodturners.
If you're in the U.S., you can buy the microcrystalline wax here.
It's even on sale right now.
The can holds 225 ml (~7.6 oz) so it's a bargain compared to some of the other brands.
Check out the Chestnut microcrystalline wax and the other great Chestnut wax products here.
New from the Big Tree Tools
It's been a long time since I recall anyone developing a whole new concept for one of our woodturning tools. And it doesn't suprise me that ti would be Jon Siegel of BIG TREE TOOLS since Jon, a professional turner has been earning his living at woodturning for over 45 years.
Jon has reinvented the spur drive center with a unique safety guard that prevents entanglement of clothing, hair, or jewelry; or accidental contact with hands or tools. It also prevents accidentally touching the spurs with any part of your body, or contacting the spurs with a chisel, or the tool rest.
This new patent pending drive spur is a revolutionary change and one that everyone should learn more about!
The new Badger Safety Spur can be purchased from Big Tree Tools or from Rikon Power Tools.
Teknatool has just released a new set of jaws for their lathe chucks. This set of jaws can hold a wide range of wood blanks:
Square (Contracting) Grip : From 0.3937" up to over 1". Length of turnings from jaws up to 9"
Rounds (Contracting ) Grip: From under ½" (actual: 0.4561") up to over ¾". Length of turnings from jaws up to 10"
Rounds (Expanding) Grip: From 1.37" up to over 2.5". Length of turnings from jaws, up to 10"
But for me the biggest advantage of these new jaws would be for pen blanks. And the main reason is that I like to drill my pen blanks on the lathe. Yes, you can do it on the drill press but I find that I get much higher accuracy and less drill drift when I do them on the lathe.
I like the look of these jaws because the long reach and the 90 degree holding surfaces will really grip a pen blank firmly.
Prices from varous sources seem to be around: $39.99
The Beall Turning Scraper is designed for spindle turning small beads and coves on pens, boxes and other projects with complex shapes. Actually several tools in one, the Turning Scraper consists of a universal handle and a variety of 2-1/2" long x 1/4" square bits with special shape cutting and general purpose grinds.
Turned from hard maple, the universal handle is fitted with a brass ferrule and thumb screw. Each bit seats securely in a close fitting square hole in the handle's end and all the bits are double-ended to give you the greatest value for the least cash. 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" bead and cove duos are offered, as well as a square end and 30° scraping tool combo. Blank, unground bits are also available, in case you'd like to grind your own profiles.
Easy change jaw systems for woodturning chucks are all the rage these days. With change times in the 30 second range, using a chuck will never be the same again.
Teknatool has spent 3 years developing their system. So, it's a serious investment of time and money. And this quick change system is compatible with their existing chucks so you can easily upgrade your chuck thereby reducing the entry price!
If you want to look into the face of the future, check out this system! They will be available for purchase on January 1, 2014.
Turning gifts is a common exercise for most woodturners. And I like to try to turn something that the person will use often. One item that comes to mind for me is anything that can be used in a kitchen.
It was a great to find the huge colllection of kitchen items from Chefware and the very reasonale prices! I was also pleased by the quantity of items that were made from stainless steel, thereby guarnteed not to rust!
A Chefware woodturning kit includes the kitchen utensil 'head', ferrule and a chrome brad for the end of the handle. You can easily create a beautiful utensil piece using your wood turning lathe and one of our kits. Assembly of our woodturning kits is very easy typically just requiring a few holes drilled into the handle which the head is inserted into.
This headstock / tailstock combination allows you to hold your turning blank between centers. It's great for things like Spheres, Bowls, Platters, Vases and almost any type of turning.
The Anything Chucky has a 3/4 - 10 threaded flange nut insert molded in the tenon so that it can be mounted in your headstock spindle with the arbor (or with a scroll chuck) and also mounted in the tailstock on your live center (with removable cone).
Approximate dimensions are 2" X 2" with the Drive Portion (white part) being 1 1/4" diameter and 1" long.
The Anything Chucky comes with two chuckies and an MT2 Aluminum Arbor.
Price: Only $34.95
To check out a series of pictures of the Anything Chucky holding a series of wood turnings and blanks or to order one,
Micheal makes this totally organic food safe mixture of waxes and nuts oils for woodturning. He created the mixture one day while trying to solve a end-grain tear out problem.
This wood conditioner and finish wax is easy to use:
For end grain applications, hold the cube of wax on the turning wood at the end grain before you use a gouge or scraper on the end grain. Allow the wax to soften and absorb into the end grain. The wax will help to support the wood fibers as you cut and help to make a smooth even cut.
For finish applications, lightly touch the cube to the turning wood. Let the wax heat up a little bit as the wood turns against the cube, spread the wax uniformly over the turned wood. After you have a light coating of wax, use a pad of soft cotton (t-shirt material) to heat up and polish the surface of the wood.
For a higher gloss, wait a bit for the wax to dry and harden, then buff to the desired gloss.
Each 4"x6" package of Micheal's Magic Mojo comes with two cubes of wax for $5.99 + $3.50 shipping & handling
The Perfect Sphere tool is a precision, wood turning tool designed to help you create Perfect Spheres each and every time! It's heavy duty construction and flexible configuration allow you to turn spheres from 1 inch to 14 inches in diameter.
The tool can work on any lathe (10 inches to 25 inches) with a quick change of the vertical shaft and the lathe clamp which goes between the ways of your lathe bed.
The #4 Hunter Tool provides for cutting not scraping and being a carbide cutter will last a long time. Just rotate the cutter to get a new, sharp cutting edge.
Over the years, I've tried almost every glue on the market for gluing the brass barrels into pen blanks. I've favored 2-part epoxy due to it's strong bond, ease of use and predictable nature. I've also often used urethane glues for their gap filling qualities but dislike their foaming, the difficulty with clean up and hand staining properties.
Now System Three has released a glue made specifically for pen turners, a barrel glue! This glue is a 2-part, gel-based epoxy that says that it's gap filling and flexible. It has a stiff price but says that it's got an unlimited shelf life.
I'm looking forward to trying this glue and hope that you'll share your opinion of it in the forum.
If you are a craftsman who would like to explore an exciting and challenging new genre, The Continuous Profile® will provide the guidance to capture design, model, and turn a uniquely personalized art abstraction on your wood lathe. Do you wonder what your own Continuous Profile® might look like? How about your kids, spouse, pets, or boss?
This iBook explains how the same processes can also be applied to design, model, and create everyday turned objects found in the home. Check out the gallery in Chapter 2 to see how the 3D rendering can be used to view your product from all angles, even before committing to turning on the lathe.
This is a new product just made available on the marketplace. It's a captured bar hollowiing tool system that uses a in a very tiny footprint.
The ShapeNHollow tool was designed to help reduce stress and fatigue while turning, especially when shaping the outside of a new vessel when the surface is very uneven or irregular. This is something that most other hollowing systems are not able to do.
When removing wood from the interior of the vessel, the SNH tool will work as other captured tools but is a lot easier to set up.
You can watch a video of the tool in use by clicking HERE.
Pricing has changed... Substantial savings... Packages start at only $295
Tim Yoder shows you how to turn four functional and fun projects; a Rolling Pin, Bowl, Scoop and Top. Each project focuses on how to use your basic tools; the Roughing Gouge, Bowl Gouge, Bowl Scraper, Spindle Gouge and Parting Tool.
In addition Tim shows you how to apply different finishes and embellishments to the wood.
Lessons in Segmented Woodturning
Volume 7: Jewelry
In this DVD, Malcolm presents over 20 different styles of jewelry. Most items can be created with minimal turning and woodworking skills; although, there are a few techniques that will challenge even the very experienced segmenter.
There are many types of earrings, three very different styles of bracelets, belt buckles, bolo ties, and a couple of unique necklaces.
Even if you are not interested in jewelry making, I think most segmenters will find techniques that they can incorporate into other styles of work.
Priced at: $35.95.
Discounts available for volume purchases.
This innovative tool was designed to be an alternative to the more elaborate "coring systems".
With this tool there is no set up, requiring no attachments or gated tool rests it is completely stabilized by the under arm portion and the drop handle.
It is so easy to control it is truly amazing!
The Nano grained tungsten carbide tip is so sharp and cuts so freely that there is very little pressure needed and it cuts with almost no kick, being very pointed the tip folds the shavings so they exit the work piece readily.
This tool will help avoid most catches turners experience from using a "standard" skew chisel. Professional woodturner and teacher Keith Tompkins came up with this design to help students be more successful when learning to turn. He found that even experienced woodturners benefited from using
The spear point design has a gentle curve to the cutting edge with a point at the end. The lower edges have been radiused to allow the tool to slide on the tool rest smoothly without marring it. This allows for making perfect smoothing cuts and rolling beads on spindle work with less fear of getting a catch.
What makes this mandrel saver better? Precision, durability, and versatility.
The mandrel shaft slides smoothly into the tailstock live center, with no free play. The headstock fitting threads securely onto the spindle. There is no measurable runout with The Better Mandrel Saver, so you get accurate turnings every time.
The rugged bearing in the live center promises to hold up through many turnings. The 7mm mandrel shaft is 7 in. long, making it suitable for use with many pen kits.
The Better Mandrel Saver works with any lathe that has a 1" x 8 tpi headstock and a No. 2 Morse taper in the tailstock. Precision-machined, made in the U.S.A.
UPDATE: Now available in 1 1/4" x 8 tpi at the same low price!
The Better Pen Mandrel solves the biggest problem with conventional mandrels: flexing and bending. Conventional mandrels are held in compression, squeezed between centers. Squeeze too much and you can ruin the mandrel.
The Better Pen Mandrel is held in tension. This helps keep the mandrel shaft tight and straight, even when you apply pressure with turning tools or sandpaper. The Better Pen Mandrel has a threaded headstock fitting and a live center at the tailstock to hold the mandrel shaft. That means your work is always perfectly centered. You get accurate turnings, with no worry that you may damage a mandrel.
The Better Pen Mandrel works with any lathe that has a 1x8 tpi headstock spindle and a No. 2 Morse taper in the tailstock. This makes it more versatile than some other mandrels, which require a hollow tailstock to accept a drawbar. The 1/4-inch diameter shaft of the Better Pen Mandrel makes it compatible with many bushings.
UPDATE: Now available in 1 1/4" x 8 tpi at the same low price!
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