June 2018

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Woodturning Tip of the Day

Re-mounting a glue block

Occasionally, a catch will separate the turning from the waste block and it is very tough to replace it accurately. I like to drill a 1/4-inch hole in the center of the waste block. This does two things. It helps me center the block on the piece by sighting through the hole to the center mark on the piece and then, after the waste block is glued onto the piece, I drill a very shallow 1/4-inch hole through the existing hole in the waste block into the bottom of the piece. If the waste block should become separated from the piece, it can be re-glued correctly by temporarily sliding a dowel rod through the center hole of the waste block and into the shallow hole in the bottom of the piece. After this alignment, remove the dowel rod and let the glue dry. The shallow hole in the piece is removed when finishing the bottom.


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Featured Turning Video

Ring Turned Flags
by Tod Raines

In this video, Todd shows us how to create ring turnings on the lathe. This technique refers to turning shapes in a ring form on the lathe and then cutting them out on a bandsaw. Todd uses flags as an example but we've also seen other shapes turned with this technique such as animals, human profiles and more...

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Featured Turning Project

Turning a Fishing Reel
by Mike Darlow

Mike Darlow has published a series of wonderful turning books. They are mostly educationally-based and are one of the best resources available for turners. In them, Mike shows how to make this fishing reel.

This fishing reel is a self-contained fishing setup so no pole is required. This would be wonderful for fishing in the local pond or stream. With its small size, it would work well as an in-car or in-backpack unit.

The project is well detailed and has good pictures of the turning so it should be easy to make this 4-piece fishing reel. We hope that you will give it a try!

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Featured Turning Article

How to photograph really glossy wood turnings
by John Lucas

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