About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 205 posts from scratch.

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Woodturning Small Bowl – A Surprising Beauty

Pine Burl Bowl

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Finally, the intermission is over and I can turn again. I cannot find all my tools yet but here goes.

I don’t know for sure what wood this is or where I obtained it. After turning it, I believe it is pine based on the smell like turpentine.

At the start, I did not know what it would look like. It was a mass of branches coming from a small slice of the edge of a tree.

However this 8″ by 2″ bowl surprised me with it convoluted figure and grain. Some of the bark inclusions were soft and punky — these I gently scraped out.

The bowl is finished with beeswax and mineral oil. Once I find my buffing wheels, I’ll buff it for a great sheen.

Meanwhile, I need to work on re-establishing my turning studio – aka shop.

Good turning.

Airbrush Acrylic Finish To Enhance Plain Wood Plate

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Poplar with AirbrushHappy New Year.

I started work on this poplar dish to prepare for a airbrush workshop taught by Jay Shepherd at Williamette Valley Woodturners. The poplar is approximately 9″ diameter and 2″ tall. Initially, I finished it with shellac friction polish to seal the wood.

Then at Jay Shepherd’s workshop, he recommended that I paint only the interior of the dish with an iridescent brown acrylic paint with my airbrush. That part was easy. The harder part then is to apply a rattle can clear lacquer and wet sand between every 6 to 10 coats.

I’ve made it thru 220 grit wet sanding and have added new layers but not enough to sand with 400 grit. Sanding is to remove any imperfections and orange peel and build a finish so that the surface reflects like a mirror.

My last sanding will be with 600 grit paper.

For the lacquer spraying, I made a stand to hold the dish while I spray the lacquer.

Good turning.

2015 Christmas Ornament Woodturning Challenge Results

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Official Challenge Playlist at this link.

Sponsors

  • Craft Supplies USA –www.woodturnerscatalog.com
  • Robust Woodturning Tools – www.turnrobust.com
  • Chefware Kits – www.chefwarekits.com
  • Pony Tools Inc. – www.ponytools.com
  • Easy Woodtools – www.easywoodtools.com
  • Lyle Jamieson – http://lylejamieson.com
  • Hunter Tools – http://huntertoolsystems.com
  • Konifer Watch – www.koniferwatch.com
  • Zack Fuller

Challenge Victors

  1. Justin Fiaschetti
  2. Jose Alberto Giordano
  3. Daniel Vilarino
  4. Sam Angelo
  5. Terry Vance
Bell
Birdhouse

General

Globe

Inside out

LED Globe

Nutcracker

Snowman

Spindle

Tree

Plan now for the 2016 Christmas Ornament Challenge.

Molly Winton Demonstrates Wood Burn Basket Weave Brand


Molly Winton Vase

May also be viewed on YouTube – But please stay here if you can!

For this video, I have a special guest, Molly Winton. I recently attended one of her workshops where she taught pyrography or woodburning. She was a great teacher and gave me the bug — I have to incorporate wood burning into some of my projects.

In this video, Molly demonstrates making her basket weave tip and how to best use it. She uses 20 gage wire (sometimes 22 gage). She uses a hex drill bit as a mandrel that is cut off where the flutes begin. A vise grip holds nichrome wire to the hex part of the mandrel. She wraps the wire five times, removes it from the mandrel, then straightens and trims the leads.

Molly’s website: http://www.turningmaven.com/

Molly’s email: TurningMaven@hotmail.com

If you have a chance to attend one of her demo’s or workshops – DO IT!

If you want woodburning tips pre-made by Molly visit Packard Woodworks at http://www.packardwoodworks.com/

Here’s a link to my Vaporizer (power supply) video
and a link to my woodburning pen and a link to my first woodburning project.

Good turning.

Christmas Drum Ornament For Little Drummer Boy

May also be viewed on YouTube – But best right here.

Drum OrnamentThis video uses the third and last pieces of wood glued into a stave segmented block: The first was a traditional globe ornament; then a vase ornament; and now a drum ornament.

I do not know the pen blank wood – this wood was part of a “exotic tropical wood” pen blank Black Friday sale a couple of years ago. However, I did use Padauk in between each pen blank.

The tropical wood is quite soft and tears out from end grain very easily. This ornament is finished with Mylands Friction Polish.

To finish turning the exterior of my cylinder, I needed to customize a chuck to hold and center the hollow wood. The chuck is a threaded wood faceplate with a t-nut to receive a bolt from the other side. Small adapters turned from cedar center the cylinder. Check out my video of February 2013 for how to make threaded wood faceplates. I use them all the time.

Walnut discs form the drum heads.

The drum is for the Little Drummer boy who beats his drum for the baby Jesus.

Good turning.

Check out the Christmas Ornament Challenge playlist here at this link.