Articels of a wide range of turning topics.


Beginner's Guide to Bowl Gouge Basics
By: Kent Weakley
Bowl gouge basics are the foundation of wood bowl turning. The bowl gouge is probably the number one most recognized wood turning tool and for a good reason. In this article, Kent tells us what a bowl gouge is and then covers everything that you will need to know how to use the bowl gouge. This is a great basics article or one to help refresh prior knowledge.


How to Shear Scrape
By: Kent Weakley
Shear Scraping to the rescue. Do pesky tool marks plague your final turned bowl surfaces? Well, this article is going to be a treat for you!

The shear-scraping bowl gouge technique is probably, initially, the most awkward and yet useful wood bowl turning move ever conceived. At first, the shear scrape feels 100% wrong, but wait until you see what it can do.


How to fix Wood Lathe Vibration when turning Bowls
By: Kent Weakley
Wood lathe vibration can be a very frustrating and potentially dangerous experience. Not only is vibration unsafe, it usually causes tool marks and interferes with a quality turned wood bowl.

The potential sources for wood lathe vibration are numerous, and in this article, we will systematically move through and eliminate each possibility.


How to use a Round Nose Scraper to fix inside curves
By: Kent Weakley
Have you wondered why a round nose scraper is useful for turning wood bowls? I know I did. After all, it’s a scraper and scrapers can do more harm than good sometimes. However, a round nose scraper is a valuable tool for fine-tuning the inside curves of a wood bowl. Read Kent's article to learn how to hack how you use the round nose scraper.


Using a Three-point Tool to Make Beads
By: Frank Penta
The three-point tool is a fast, easy way to make decorative beads on a turned piece. Beads can be used on spindle turnings as well as end-grain pieces. Frank shows us how he makes beads with this handy and easy-to-use tool.


Working with a Lathe Duplicator
By: Gordon Langer
In this article, Gordon shares how he uses his lathe duplicator. He recently made 60 French Pastry Rolling Pins and even with sanding was able to do it in ~5 minutes each. If you're considering or already doing production turning, this article would be a lifesaver!


Ten Principles of Clean Cutting
By: Kip Christensen
In this AAW reprint, Kip discusses his list of principles in getting a clean cut when woodturning.


The Joy of Turning Wet Wood Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Sam Angelo
By: Sam Angelo
Those of us who have milled a bowl blank from a newly fallen tree and turned it when the wood is dripping wet have discovered true happiness.  Often such wood is free, easy to turn, and almost dust free. 


Why I Like Cupped Carbide Cutters Fee-based Woodturning Articles by John Lucas
By: John Lucas
Coming from a flat woodworking background, I was familiar with carbide cutters and how they improved on edge holding for volume work. Naturally I tried things like metal cutting carbide cutters and router bits in my woodturning to see if they were any good. They did work at holding an edge and actually cut wood but it wasn’t as clean as I could get with a freshly sharpened HSS turning tool. Even out of the box they didn’t cut very cleanly. If you tried to sharpen them, the carbide particles were simply too large and fragile to take a really keen edge.


The Unseen Health Risk of Wet Turning Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Ian Salisbury
By: Ian Salisbury
Ian Salisbury sent us a note about his experiences with health issues while turning wet wood. Since most woodturning safety articles deal primarily with dry wood, we asked him to share his experience and related research with us. Thanks, Ian, for bringing another important safety issue to our attention.


Chatter on a Hollow Form Vessel Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Paul Rohrbacher
By: Paul Rohrbacher
Vibration from chatter is a hot topic in the woodturning world. In the January 2016 issue of this magazine, John Wolf wrote an article about using these vibrations to your advantage. In this article, Paul Rohrbacher discusses this topic from a different perspective. This multi-part series focuses on hollow turning and the tools to reduce the occurrence of chatter.


Turning Softwoods Fee-based Woodturning Articles by John Wolf
By: John Wolf
I live in southeastern Ohio where many fine woods are “domestic”: oak, hickory, cherry, ash, poplar, walnut, mulberry, hard and soft maple, osage orange, and many more. Most of these are free or nearly so, if you are drawn by the sound of a chainsaw. Despite the abundance of hardwoods, there are occasions when I use soft woods, particularly “2-by-” construction lumber, either for their specific properties or from expedience.


How to Make and Use a Safety Driver Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Paul Rohrbacher
By: Paul Rohrbacher
(Used to turn rough wood blanks to round) This article is about how to turn STEEL to make an Innovative Wood Turning, “go-to” tool. The purpose of the Safety Driver is to increase SAFETY to you, the lathe, and the shop walls when turning rough wood blanks into round things.


Encasing a Widow's Mite Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Bob Heltman
By: Bob Heltman
Some months back--last year actually--I was given a bunch of OLD wall plaques. I made a few bowls, after gluing three or more plaques together, a pencil holder, and a couple of shallow dresser top trays for keys, etc.


Frugalizing Your Woodturning Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Bob Heltman
By: Bob Heltman
To be FRUGAL is to economize, to eliminate unnecessary expense. It can also mean: canny, careful, meticulous, prudent, stingy, thrifty, abstemious, chary, conserving, discreet, meager, mingy, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penny-wise, preserving, provident, saving, scrimping, sparing, spartan, tight, tightwad, unwasteful, and downright CHEAP!

In this article, I show you lots of ways to save money in woodturnings.


Turning a Two-Handed File Handle from Rare Chinese Wax Wood Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Bob Heltman
By: Bob Heltman
The wood from White Wax Wood saplings has been prized in China for thousands of years. It is an ideal material from which to fashion fighting rods, spear shafts, and walking sticks, because it is tough, hard, flexible, and can absorb shock without breaking.


10 Tips for Turning Tricky Wood
By: Phil Gautreau
As turners we often find ourselves with an unusual piece of wood that might be a bit tricky in turning. Phil gives us 10 tips on how to deal with that tricky wood and to come out with wonderful results.


Skew Skills
By: Eric Lofstrom
In this article, Eric shares the techniques to learn how to use the skew. He explains how to make all the skew cuts: peeling, planing, paring, V, rolling and cove cuts. If you want to master the skew, this is a great introduction.


Debark SAFELY with a Hand Adze
By: Bob Heltman
Bob Heltman explains how and why he uses a hand adze to remove the bark from his wood turning blanks. This is an easy way to remove bark and can improve the safety of your turning.


ABC's - XYZ's of Bowl Turning
By: Rudolph Lopez
In this article which is a handout that Rudy provides during some of his classes, he explains all the basics of bowl turning. This is an incredibly thorough document and the reason that we are including it here.

If you're a new turner or one that can use a refresher, Rudy covers everything from safety, lathe speed, tool shapes (with angles), grain direction, using a chuck correctly, the ABC of turning, and how to turn a bowl.

This is one article not to miss!


Spindle Turning Basics
By: George Vondriska
In this article, George shows us how one way to mount a spindle onto the lathe. Then he talked about making the spindle round and performing the basic spindle turning functions. Then he explains how to make beads and coves. This is a good primer for new turners or those who mostly turn bowls and need a refresher on spindle turning.


Thin Stem Turning
By: Alan Carter
Alan shows how to turn thin stems which average about 1/16" in diameter. He can do thinner too, and shows you all the techniques to be able to turn these almost unbelievably thin stems.


Woodturner's Fear Factor - How to Avoid a Catch
By: Lyle Jamieson
Lyle Jamieson shows how to turn without catches. To see these techniques in action, check out his bowl turning and hollow form DVDs click here.


Skew Chisels 1001
By: Alan Lacer
Alan tells us what type of skew he likes and how he sharpens it. Then he explains all the types of cuts that you can make with the skew.


Turning Green Wood
By: Howard Lewin
Howard tells us why he turns green wood and then shows us his process for being successful.


Dyed Dowel Turning
By: Howard Lewin
In this article, Howard explains how he dyed some dowels to build some wood turning blanks. He shows a bowl turning using this technique.


Kutzall? Carving on the Lathe
By: Mike Schwing
In this short article, Mike tells us how he was able to use his lathe to power carve. He shares how he did it.


Barley Twist Columns
By: Ger Vervoort
After receiving an order to turn six long columns, Ger shares how he was able to turn them and then build a router jig to mount to his lathe in order to create the barley twists. This is a great story of success and you can learn from his experience.


Turning Chair Back Legs
By: Jon Siegel
In this article, Jon shows us how to turn the legs for a chair back. This is a complex turning since it has a bend in the spindle needing specialized mounting on the lathe.


Spindle turning for furniture
By: Jon Siegel
If you want to make furniture with turned legs, then Jon's article is an excellent beginner's guide.


The reverse curve
By: Jon Siegel
In this article, Jon discusses the vocabulary of shapes in spindle turnings. If you want your spindles to look professional, you'll want to understand this theory.


Duplication on the Lathe
By: Jon Siegel
In this article, Jon shows us how to create a few jigs that make it easier to duplicate our turnings.


Drafting for the Lathe
By: Jon Siegel
In this article, Jon explains how he creates drawings for his spindle turnings. This is a valuable skill and Jon makes it easy for us to learn by explaining each step that he follows.


Turning identical legs
By: Tom Hintz
Projects such as table legs or balusters require turning multiple pieces so that they appear identical to each other. This task can be sufficiently frustrating to inspire some turners to invest considerable sums of money in a lathe duplicator. However, with a common sense approach and a little practice, you can turn out visually identical pieces on your lathe, with your tools and without the extra machinery.


Logs to wood turning blanks
By: Tom Hintz
Turning logs into woodturning blanks is a skill that will help to reduce your cost of turning. Tom shows us how to use a band saw to accomplish this.


Making split turnings
By: Tom Hintz
In this article, Tom shows us a clever technique to make two identical pieces by using a concept of split turning. This is one skill that you will want in your toolbox.


Nine things I wish someone had told me
By: Jon Siegel
Nine tips from years of experience.


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