At the Lathe

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At the Lathe: Spindle Ornaments

A painted finish is easy to apply when using a lathe. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 35-37 From the December 2004 issue #145 Buy this issue now In spring, a young man’s fancy may turn to thoughts of love, but in autumn, a woodturner’s fancy turns to thoughts of gifts that can be made on...

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At the Lathe: Sharpening for Woodturners

Turning tools come in many shapes. Here’s how to keep those shapes sharp. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 97-99 From the November 2004 issue #144 Buy this issue now Many years ago, I was cooking with a friend who was home visiting his parents during a college break. He struggled with a dull knife until...

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At the Lathe: Bottle Stoppers

A simple lesson in spindle turning. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 42-44 These bottle stoppers are great projects for beginners and more advanced turners alike. Their relative ease of turning makes them a manageable project for beginners; for more advanced turners that simplicity offers the opportunity to focus on design. And they make nice gifts...

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At the Lathe: It’s Time to Turn

If your lathe sits idle in your shop, here’s the best way to start using it. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 76-78 From the August 2004 issue #142 Buy this issue now If you have ever turned or watched someone else turn, you know the process can be exciting. The shavings peel away and the...