Articels of a wide range of turning topics.


The Unseen Health Risk of Wet Turning New Woodturning Articles by Ian Salisbury 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.


Why I Like Cupped Carbide Cutters New Woodturning Articles by John Lucas 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.


Turning a Two-Handed File Handle from Rare Chinese Wax Wood New Woodturning Articles by Bob Heltman 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.


Encasing a Widow's Mite New Woodturning Articles by Bob Heltman 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.


10 Tips for Turning Tricky Wood New Woodturning Articles by Phil Gautreau
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.


The Spear Point Scraper
By: Eric Lofstrom
In this short article, Eric explains what a spear pointed scraper is and how to use it. You might be surprised at how well it will perform shears scraping until you see the resulting angel-hair shavings.


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.


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.


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.


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!


How to Make and Use a Safety Driver New Woodturning Articles by Paul Rohrbacher 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.


Turning Softwoods New Woodturning Articles by John Wolf 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.


Chatter on a Hollow Form Vessel New Woodturning Articles by Paul Rohrbacher 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.


The Joy of Turning Wet Wood New Woodturning Articles by Sam Angelo 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. 


Frugalizing Your Woodturning New Woodturning Articles by Bob Heltman 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Turning Soapstone
By: Phil Manzi
In this article, Phil shows us how to turn soapstone. This is a very soft material and very easy to turn on the lathe. And checking out Phil's beautiful vases shows you how nice they come out.


My Friend the Skew
By: Alan Lacer
The skew has gotten a bad rep. I know of no other tool that evokes such groans and laughs, yet leaves such a superb finish, adds such crispness to the work, or is as versatile as this angled piece of flat steel.


Lathe Turned Alabaster Vessels - Part I
By: Max Krimmel
This is part I of Max's 3-part tutorial on how to turn Alabaster. In this section, he discusses stone selection, initial layout, cutting the stone, mounting it on the lathe and roughing it out.


Lathe Turned Alabaster Vessels - Part II
By: Max Krimmel
In part II of this 3-part series, Max covers how to prepare a base for your alabaster turning. Then he explains how to glue the base on, hollow out the vessel, make and add a rim and finishes with turning the exterior of the vessel.


Lathe Turned Alabaster Vessels - Part III
By: Max Krimmel
In the final section of this 3-part series on turning alabaster vessels, Max tells us how to finish the vessel. He also covers how to best photograph it.


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.


Wood Lathe Specifications
By: Neal Addy
A listing of most of the lathes on the market and their specifications. Neal last updated this series of specifications in January 2010 but it's still a helpful guide.


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


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