Nov 232021
 
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Temple Blackwood was recently faced with the challenge of copying an existing 20″ antique serving platter, which had been damaged, onto a mahogany blank. For the November 2021 issue of Wood News Online, describes his turning process.

The challenge of turning large diameter, thin disks on the lathe is to adequately support the work during the turning and flattening process. Because the wood is flexible, the turning must proceed from the outside in and must be supported throughout the process. With the bottom of the blank already flat, it was fairly simple to set up a jam-chuck arrangement using my oversized (18″) plywood-with-cushion faceplate to provide the support, center and mount the work with a heavy live-center on the tailstock.

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Nov 182021
 
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For the June 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Temple discusses the emergence of the free-form approach to woodturning and how the design and turning process leads to a turned object that may or may not have a useful purpose but is still a beautiful piece of art, nonetheless.

In my experience, there seem to be two types of woodturners, or perhaps more precisely, two approaches to woodturning. The most universal and historically correct approach is the one where the artisan/craftsperson plans to make rounded utilitarian objects and architectural features. The other approach, which has become an interesting study in emerging art over the past sixty years during woodturning’s rebirth, is a free-form approach to making a variety of objet d’art which might or might not have a useful purpose.

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Nov 152021
 
Our Winter 2021-2022 Catalog is Now Available!
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The holidays are almost here and now is the time to get your holiday shopping done! We’ve just released our Winter 2021-2022 catalog and if you don’t receive it in the mail, here is your chance to flip through it online! https://woodworkingtooltips.com/catalog/2021winter/index.html

Nov 092021
 
Stories from Grandpa's Workshop: My Favorite Recipes
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For the November 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer discusses his favorite recipes for wood finishes and how making your own finishes can help you fine tune and achieve truly customized results: We often focus on woodworking skills like planing and sawing and marking as the hallmarks of a woodworker. But there is […]

Nov 042021
 
Book Review: Mortise & Tenon Magazine, Issue 11
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For the November 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed Issue #11 of Mortise & Tenon Magazine: Issue 11 is like its predecessors, a bit eclectic, though focused on human-centered craft and the traditions of woodworking by hand. It’s built of a variety of interesting topics around this general theme. As always, it’s […]

Nov 022021
 
November 2021 Poll: When Do You Start Making Gifts for the Holidays?
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The Holidays are almost here and as woodworkers, a lot of us will soon be busy in our shops making gifts for our loved ones. This month we want to know how early (or late) do you get started in the gift making process?

Oct 282021
 
This One Fool Will Cost You Thousands!
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Starting down a woodworking path without many tools can lead to serious sticker shock if you’re not careful assessing whether or not a tool purchase is really necessary. Deciding which tools to invest in is even more challenging when you simply don’t know what you don’t know. Like whether you need the 6” or 12” […]