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Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 217 posts from scratch.

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Woodturning Box Lid with Multiple Eccentric Axes For Unique Look

Lid For Stacking BoxesMay also be view on Vimeo and YouTube – But best right here.

In the last video I turned a set of stacking boxes. My boxes need an interesting lid for the top most box – one that will provide interest and enhance the boxes.

The Infinite Axis Chuck provides a solution. The lid is red oak finished with walnut oil then buffed. The oak was shaped initially with standard techniques with one important feature. I cut a mortise on the underside to serve as an expansion hold while the top side was tooled. This mortise later served as the gluing surface to mount the wood to the Inifinite Axis Chuck.

The tail stock provides a clear indicator of where the turning center will be. The ball and tenon is moved to select the center of a new turning. Only light cuts with a spindle gouge are required, followed by sanding.

I’ve added a new page to my web site to define woodturning terms. The goal is to provide clarity about woodturning styles. Here’s the link.¬†Your feedback will be appreciated.

I repositioned the chuck five times. The design is unique and can never be exactly duplicated.

Good turning.

Woodturning Shop Leftover Day: Segmented Stacking Boxes

Stacking Boxes OakMay also be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo but best right here.

I glued up this red oak into a stave lamination some time ago when I turned a travel mug. At the time, I thought I’d be making another but then changed my mind. Since then this lamination has been in my shop, was part of moving to Utah, and is in the way. It is much like food left over from a sumptuous meal that is still in the refrigerator.

But it’s time to clean it out and enjoy it. Instead of another travel mug, I turned it into a set of stacking boxes finished with walnut oil. The set stands about nine inches tall and about 4 inches in diameter. Each box above the first is a lid to the box below it. Then I decorated another piece of wood to serve as the top lid. Each box is a slightly different diameter and a different height to accommodate different items, my wife may want to put in it.

To make this set of boxes, I had to fix a failed joint in the stair tread material. That joint was a factory joint. It’s a good thing it did not make it into a stairway. Then cut the lamination into sections and keep track of each to preserve grain orientation. I turned oak plugs to serve as the bottom for each box and the lid for the box below it.

It was a lot of tenon work with all the trial and error of fitting a tenon to a mortise – many times over.

I had a breakthrough when I needed to remove a flange of wood between the tenon serving as a bottom and the tenon opposite it (on the other side of the same piece of wood). Since it was also the wood riding on the face of my chuck jaws, I did not see, at first, how to remove the wood without damaging my tools or a very complicated process. The breakthrough was to cut a very small groove in the tenon serving as the base to the box. The sides of this tenon would be hidden once the bottom is glued into the sides. This groove then was sufficient for the dovetail jaws to grab. The gap that resulted was enough to remove the excess wood.

The lid is decorated using the Infinite Axis Chuck. That is the topic of next week’s video.

Good turning.

Woodturning Ugly Duckling Wood Into Beautiful Swan Bowl

Wood Bowl With BurlMay also be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo.

I was given this wood at a club meeting in Oregon. I don’t recall whether it was at Cascade Woodturners or Willamette Valley Woodturners. It is ugly but has some burl potential. I don’t know what species of wood it is.

At 11 inches in diameter, 4 inches tall and finished with walnut oil, it has turned out very nice despite worm holes, drying checks, spalting, rot, and a general bad smell.

It’s surprising how ugly a blank can be and still have such beauty inside awaiting an opportunity to emerge.

This one will be hard to beat.

If you need Cole jaws, follow this link.

Good turning.

Woodturning Eccentric Twig Vase With Infinite Axis Chuck

Twig VaseMay also be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo – Best right here.

I’m still exploring different ways to use the Infinite Axis Chuck. In this video, I turn twig vase or bud vase from apple limb wood finished with a mix of beeswax and mineral oil.

In eccentric turnings, having tail stock pressure provides both security to the wood and can be used to define axis offsets. However, if the turning is small or at least the top of the turning is small, tail stock adjustment is limited or cannot be used at all. To counter these issues, I turned a large plug with a tenon or dowel on one side. In use, the dowel or tenon is inserted into the neck of the vase giving it a temporary and removable top. With a large top, tail stock adjustments can be used and pressure maintained.

I believe it necessary to work from the top or tail stock end down the spindle. Otherwise, the greater mass of wood is on the other side of very thin wood from the drive center leading to one cause of spindle failure. Another cause is tail stock pressure greater than the spindle can withstand. Excess pressure is a tougher problem to solve since some pressure is desireable.

Please check my previous videos on how to make the egg chuck and then how to adapt it to become an Infinite Axis Chuck.

Good turning.

To Sit Or To Stand At the Lathe That Is The Question

May also be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo – but best right here.

Many viewers noticed that I was sitting on a tall stool while turning last week’s project. Some needed help due to disabilities.

In this video, let’s discuss this issue and explore alternatives.

Please add your experiences and suggestions.

Good turning.