Jun 182015

hwtjune2015If you’re in need of some turning project ideas, look no further than this month’s issue of The Highland Woodturner, which is full of a variety of projects for turners of all levels.

This month’s issue includes:

Acorn Turning and Burning: Acorns are a quick and easy turning project, but what makes this specific project unique is the wood burning techniques that Curtis has incorporated. Check out these beautiful acorns and make some of your own!

Project: A Wobbly Weedpot: Weedpots are a popular first turning project, but Rick Morris takes it to another level and adds a weeble concept to the project. Weebles were popular toys from the 1970’s with the famous catchphrase “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.” Rick includes step by step turning directions so you can make your own!

Pen Turning Video Tutorial: We’ve brought back our popular pen turning video with Morton, who gives you the step-by-step video directions of turning beautiful wooden pens.

Show Us Your Woodturning: This month we’re showing the woodturnings of Bruce Hoover, who has turned a variety of projects including urns, bowls, platters, and more.

All of this and more in our June 2015 issue of The Highland Woodturner.

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Jun 162015

bandsawblogThe bandsaw. I was introduced to this woodworking machine some time ago as the tool that every woodturner would need to get into the craft. The bandsaw that I own is an 80 or so year old Rockwell Beaver 10 inch bandsaw, originating from Ontario, Canada. Perhaps 80 years ago my great grandfather bought this bandsaw and used it in his small apartment to aid in his woodcarving hobby.

Before my great grandfather passed, he passed it on to my grandfather; my grandfather, not being a woodworker, used this bandsaw infrequently, but made an effort to repair and upkeep the machine. Later, my grandfather lent the bandsaw to his neighbor, a woodturner. My grandfather’s neighbor turns bowls, boxes, and all sorts of lathe related projects as a career and found great use in this bandsaw for cutting out bowl blanks from rough, green wood. My grandfather’s neighbor, at some point, purchased a larger 14 inch bandsaw and returned our 10 inch bandsaw to my grandfather.

For years the Rockwell Beaver bandsaw sat in my grandfather’s garage, waiting for its next use by another woodworker. In the summer of 2014 my grandfather and I cleaned the bandsaw; we sanded the table flat, realigned the wheels, and cleaned the bearings. After doing this we bought the Highland Woodworking 3/8″ Woodturners Blade and spent some time properly tuning our bandsaw. The task took a serious amount of time to properly align and tension the blade and wheels. After doing this we cut our first pieces of wood. The saw cut through wood like butter! So, we brought out our first blank to be cut round. The blank was a 40% moisture content box elder blank. The bandsaw did not cut well due to its 1/4 horsepower motor. However, with the sharp blade and much time we had cut our first blank! I have since turned this blank on the lathe and the bowl turned out great! I’ve been using this bandsaw ever since, in tandem with my newer 14″ bandsaw.

I’m very thankful of my grandfather, and great grandfather, for giving me this bandsaw.

I have been woodworking for well over 2 years now. I first started making simple bird houses and toolboxes. Recently I made a bench, numerous bowls, and other small projects. I know that I will carry woodworking with me through the rest of my life.

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Jun 102015
"Project Creep"

Do you have “project creep” every time you start a new job?  It seems that I do.  What started as a new top for my wife’s cheap bedside table turned into two new pieces of furniture.  CLICK HERE to read how that happened. Project creep is also known as “as long as we’re doing this […]

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Jun 042015
The June 2015 issue of Wood News Online

It’s almost time for summer woodworking and in this month’s issue of Wood News Online, we’ve got some great project ideas, woodworking tips, and tool specials for some summertime fun. This month’s issue includes: Project Idea: Goodrich Step Stool– Mark Miller’s Great Uncle started a generational project of building a wooden step stool for every […]

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Jun 022015
Tips from Sticks in the Mud - June Tip #2 - Protecting your tools from the elements

No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift.  Thus, each month we include a money-saving tip.  It’s OK if you call me “cheap.” During a substantial part of building my deck handrail, a veritable monsoon hung over the top of our town.  While the […]

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Jun 012015
Tips from Sticks in the Mud – June Tip #1 - Incorporating your highest standards into your projects

Incorporate your highest standards and best practices into even the roughest of projects.  It’s good practice, it keeps your skills up and prevents falling into bad habits.  If it takes a little longer, it is time well-spent.  For example, I recently built a handrail on my outdoor deck project. It certainly didn’t need to be fancy.  It needed to […]

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May 212015
The 50th issue of The Highland Woodturner

We’ve hit a milestone with The Highland Woodturner: 50 issues! This month’s 50th issue focuses on the educational aspect of woodturning with several authors sharing their love of teaching. This month’s issue includes: Making a Tapered Reamer– Curtis Turner has begun the journey toward making his own Windsor Chair and to start, he has made […]

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