Sunday, June 22, 2014

I am starting a new project. Check it out and comment on it please new project

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Frantic about first arts show

Sorry about the lack of writing lately but life took hold of me. I have been getting ready to do my first arts and crafts fair. It will be held on April the 21st in Philadelphia Mississippi.Other than that we have had quiet a few issues on the home front so not much time lately to just sit down and type ( or peck really since I'm not much at typing). I will try to get pictures up of my work that I am taking to the show just as soon as I can get it ready. I will also try to write about the whole experience for anyone who is interested. Thanks and I hope to get back soon.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Spalted sweet gum weathered bowl

This is a spalted sweet gum bowl. The wood came from a neighbors yard after the tree had died. It spalted while the tree was standing. The tree finally fell during a little storm one night so I helped them clean it up and saved a few pieces of wood from it. I gave the outside of the bowl a weathered look. I used CA glue to harden the wood after turning since sweet gum is soft even when not half rotten. The inside has mineral oil finish and the outside has a high gloss poly. It is 4” tall and almost 8” wide. If you would like to look at my new website go to wood and dreams. Thanks

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My method for fast drying wood for turning.

     In a previous post I was trying to find new ways of fast drying wood for turning. I tried gasoline on the principles that the water would settle to the bottom since gas is lighter than water. It worked just not that well. Starting with a piece of wood that was at 34% moisture the gas would bring it down to 17% in 12 hours. That sounds great but after it made it to 17% it would not go much lower no matter the time in the gas. The same results can be had from a few minutes in the microwave on high without the gas smell and danger. The issue woodturners try to solve is that 17% down to your 8% or what ever your trying to achieve because this area is where I see the majority of my checks and cracking.
     So with me not being a very patient sort of a person to turn a bowl and then put it in a bag and wait a year. I have resorted to turning wood that has dried as logs already or if I do want to turn green I am turning my walls real thin ( 1/4 to 3/8 ) and then putting them in my oven at about 125 degrees for around 24 to 36 hours. Then I have a nice warped bowl that has to be hand sanded, but it works with little cracking depending on the wood. Some woods just want to crack and they are sitting on selves now.     
     I hope this help post with any questions.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Adding carving to your woodturning.

     I thought I would write about my newest endeavor today. That is adding carving to my turnings. Here is my first try at it. This is a bowl turned from a piece of iron wood that I put into the microwave and dried very quickly. I always do that when I am turning a new variety of wood it allows me to see what the wood is going to do. After the bowl was dry it was put back on the lathe and turned back to a round shape.

    So now after it was returned into a round bowl the iron wood did not have much design in the grain so I figured carving and painting would go good with it. I drew tree in the bottom of the bowl with a pencil then used my carving tools on it. Afterwards I used paints to bring the details out. It was finished with a few coats of poly for protection.

     This next piece is a natural edged pecan bowl. On this one I carved a rose on the outside of the bowl. It is also painted and coated with poly.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

First finished bowl to leave the house.

     This bowl is a piece of an elm tree. The walls are turned real thin less than 1/4 of an inch at the top of the bowl and the bass is around 1/2 inch thick. I burned the inside of the bowl to make the grain pop. Post a comment if you have any questions. Thanks

Grizzly G0698 lathe review.

                To start this review off I would like for you to be aware that this is the only lathe I have ever used but with my background in custom cabinets I do know equipment. Now to the review on the lathe. When I was choosing my lathe I kept a few things in consideration. I wanted variable speed because I didn't want to be changing belts all the time. I also wanted a machine that could do most anything I wanted it to do since I had never done wood turning before. So I wanted a large swing to be able to turn large bowls and enough room between centers to handle most spindles. Now for the most critical part I needed a lathe I could afford.
                So I decided on the Grizzly G0698 and I have had it now for about 3 months and I have turned probably around one hundred bowls and other things on it. It has a 18 inch swing and 47 inches between center. A 2hp 3 phase motor with a inverter so it runs on standard 220v. It weighs in at close to 500lbs out of the crate. Solid cast iron legs and a machined bed.
                Now for the pros of the lathe. It was heavy but with a helper it took about an hour to setup including leveling the feet. My head and tail stock centers line up perfectly. all of my movable parts seem to fit very well. I did do about 2 minutes worth of filing on my banjo but that was more for me than having too. The motor runs quiet and I have not noticed any excessive heat. it does get a little warm when I am sanding at slow speed but nowhere near the point that I have any concern. There has been talk about the lathe hunting at very slow speeds and mine does at below 50 rpm but I get bored myself at that speed and my specs say not to go below 100 rpm so no problem there. The lathe has a lot of power and I have turned ruff cut blanks up to around 75lbs. I ended up building a ballast box for my lathe and added around 600lbs to it and I am able to start turning most of what I turn at around 400 rpm. I could probably start turning faster than that but I'm on a conventional foundation and my floor will flex and give me a wobble. That I will be fixing pretty soon.
                Now for the cons of the lathe. Soon after receiving my lathe I noticed a crack on the head where the indexing holes are. Let me say something before I go any further. I have not contacted Grizzly on any of my issues with the lathe. I have read that they do have excellent customer service but as of now I can live with my few problems easier than I can live without my lathe for a week or so. Another issue with the lathe is the bolt that tightens up the tool rest stripped out when my cousin was using the lathe. So I don't know if it was abuse or not but it was an easy fix for about 20 cents at our local hardware store here in Noxapater Ms. Now for my last con on the lathe. The large bolt that tightens the banjo to the bed vibrates loose and every so often you have to reach under the bed and tighten it by hand. It mostly has to be done when you don't tighten the banjo while you are sanding. This could easily be fixed with a locking nut but I would I like not having to use tools to remove it so not a problem again.
                In the end I have been very happy with my lathe so far. it has done everything I have asked of it when I asked it. I am sure the more expensive lathes are very nice and one day I hope to get to use some of these. For now I am happy with my choice and having the extra $800 worth of accessories I was able to get with the savings from not getting one of the other lathes. 

Thanks Joseph Bealis