Category Archives: Tips and How To’s

Sharpening Your Woodturning Tools Properly

Even if you are an experienced woodworker, sharpening woodturning tools is counter-intuitive to sharpening flat woodworking tools. Understanding the difference makes your woodturning experience enjoyable rather than frustrating. Continue reading

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Workshop Dust Control – A Must

Originally written for Craftsy by Ed, titled “Breathe Easier With These Tips for Workshop Sawdust Control” A lathe easily contends for top spot for dust production in your shop. Your only hope of having any control at all is to … Continue reading

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How To Turn a Wooden Scarf Ring and Pin Set

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as “Turn a Wooden Scarf Ring and Pin Set For Christmas”> A gift made by hand is a gift from the heart. A turned scarf ring and pin set the ideal gift for a … Continue reading

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Spindle Turning Without a Copy Attachment

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as “One and the Same: Spindle Turning Without a Copy Attachment” If Eli Wallach were a wood turner, his famous line would have been, “Copiers! We don’t need no stinkin’ copiers!” It seems that … Continue reading

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Mounting Work in a Chuck

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as “Helpful Tips for mounting Work in a Chuck on a Lathe”. Chucks are one of the handiest ways of holding work on the lathe. There are a few types of chucks but the … Continue reading

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Turning Tool Handles – Turn Your Own

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as ” Turn Your Own Turning Tool Handles”> Turning tools come handled or unhandled, meaning of course, with or without a handle. A ready-made handle is fine but it may not suit the turner’s … Continue reading

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Pommel Cuts: How To

Originally written by Ed for Crafsty as “Pommel Cuts: The Shapes of Things to Come”. A pommel cut on a spindle is the transition between a straight-sided pommel (usually square) to the round or turned portion of the piece. The … Continue reading

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Turning a Lidded Box

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as “Turning a Lidded Box: Free Step-by-Step Tutorial”. One of the most fun and varied items you can turn on a lathe is a lidded box. In the photo below you can see that … Continue reading

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Woodturning Safety Tips

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as “Safety at the Lathe: Woodturning Safety Tips”> It’s the only machine tool in the shop where the machine moves the wood and the cutting tool is held by the operator. The lathe, therefore, … Continue reading

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Sharpening Woodturning Tools Using a Jig

Originally written by Ed for Craftsy as “How to Sharpen Woodturning Tools Using a Jig”. A sharpening jig for woodturning tools pays for itself in two ways. First, metal removal is almost nil with each trip to the grinder. Second, … Continue reading

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