I turn almost all of my turnings glued to a faceplate. I usually part the turnings off the faceplate but I wanted to share a fixture that my friend Sonnie Sharrar uses to cut the faceplates off his bowls. The lathe fixture in the photos is a bit different than Sonnie, but I tend to turn larger bowls and this fixture can handle them.
Follow along at the link and learn how to build your own treasure chest.
This table saw jig is made for cutting thin strips of wood. I have found that this strip cutter jig does the job more accurately and safely for thin strips than using a push stick or by moving the rip fence after every cut.
How to build a surface sander that is every bit as smooth on your budget as your board, including detailed diagram, instructions.
This how to make a submarine toy article appeared in the February 2000 issue of More Woodturning and is the first of a series that will be appearing. I hope you find it helpful in mastering the skew which is a very handy tool once you get a feel for it.
You may be wondering what an article on making a drop spindle is doing in a spinning magazine, as the as the procedures described are more elaborate than those usually used by most casual do-it-yourselfers.
This is a project I did for the local cub scout pack. The pack has a pack flag that they bring to ceremonies, but all they had for a stand was two 2x4s nailed together with a hole drilled in it, and it fell over often. Here was my flag stand solution.
An earlier article in More Woodturning on turning wine stoppers got me thinking about collet chucks. I wondered if I could make one entirely out of wood. I thought this would be just an exercise to see if I could do it, but it surprised me with its usefulness. Although the All Wood Collet Chuck does not have the holding power and range of wooden jaws mounted in a scroll chuck, it does have adequate power for turning tops, wine stoppers, and the odd bit of dowel.
Follow along at the link to see how this beautiful set of candlesticks were produced on the lathe.
My first shot at turning a Sphere on the Lathe was time consuming but it all turned out well in the end, just a matter of checking and rechecking everything and doing it often!! I spent a lot of time drawing everything out before putting tool to wood, I hope this all helps.