About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 231 posts from scratch.

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Shop Built Eccentric Chuck From PVC Fitting

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Infinite Axis ChuckThis is the first revision to the infinite axis chuck. It adds a bolt to handle bottle stoppers and other handles. It also has more resistance to unexpected rotation. It is the first major upgrade for the old egg chuck.

Detail plans at http://www.AsWoodTurns.com/plans-n-resources.

Materials required:
• 2 in. PVC Compression Coupling – Home Depot Model # 511-43-2-2H $11.00. Other sizes are possible.
• 2”x4”x4” poplar or maple for chuck base
• Tap to match spindle threads (i.e.1.25” x 8 tpi (optional but recommended)
• 3/8-16 tpi Tap (matches most bottle stoppers)
• Auto body putty (Bondo)
• 1”x3”x3” Baltic birch plywood or HDPE
• 3/8” x 16 tpi hex bolt with 2” length threads.
• 2.5” diameter by 12” Dense hardwood such as maple
• CA Glue thin and medium

This inexpensive chuck opens up a new range of interesting woodturning projects.

Good turning.

2016 Christmas Ornament Challenge

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Carl Jacobson and myself announce the Fifth Annual Christmas Ornament Challenge. This year’s challenge is open to ornaments from all crafts. Make a video of your creation, upload it to your YouTube channel and enter your video on the official entry page. (here)

Each year we have a lot of fun and see a lot of creativity. It’s a lot of fun.

Eccentric Bottle Stopper With Infinite Axis Chuck

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Remember! The annual Christmas Ornament Challenge happens during November!.

A local club asked me to demonstrate turning a bottle stopper. But, I cannot make myself make a plain one when I can dress it up by turning it on my Infinite Axis Chuck.

This wood is walnut finished with shellac friction polish. It was turned using three skew axes in addition to the principal turning axis. Then with a lot of sanding, it is truly unique.

I revised the Infinite Axis Chuck to have a screw mount for bottlestoppers. This was its maiden voyage. It passed the test. I’ll release a build video with the revisions shortly.

Good turning.

Taking A Rolling Pin To The Next Level

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This year’s Christmas Ornament Challenge is coming quickly. Be ready to enter your ornament during November.

Inspired by the chefs on “Chopped”, I want to take turning a rolling pin to the next level. To do more than simply turn a round rolling pin.

I don’t like laminated rolling pins where the lamination continues thru the handle. One, it wastes potentially expensive wood that I’ve carefully worked to laminate. But more so, it does not look as super as it could.

With just a little more work, handles can be turned separately and glued to the rolling pin. There’s just one potentially tricky part to overcome.

Then for this rolling pin, I started to incorporate an Celtic knot in the handles. I planned for a six loop Celtic knot with every other loop offset just a little. However, after completing, two loops, I saw an interesting pattern had developed and decided to stop and show off that pattern.

So, I think I’ve transformed my rolling pin from a simple turning of laminated stock into a rolling pin, I can be proud of.

The rolling pin with is about 20 inches long including the handles and just over 2 inches in diameter. It is finished with walnut oil.

Good turning.

My Christmas Ornament For 2016 Christmas Ornament Challenge

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This year’s Christmas Ornament Challenge is rapidly approaching. The submission period is November. We’re working on the official announcement.

Meanwhile, I want to turn a simple ornament.

While there are few rules for ornaments, one that occurs to me is that something that must hang from a tree must be lighter than solid wood. But I don’t like hollowing thru a small hole.

So for this ornament, I’m turning it cross grain, part it, hollow the two portions, then glue the piece back together again.

The challenge for this ornament is how to mount it to the lathe.

Good turning.