At the Lathe

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At the Lathe: Lathe Maintenance Techniques

Regular attention to a few simple procedures will keep you turning smoothly. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 82-84 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now A lathe, like any other piece of woodworking equipment, is exposed to wood shavings, dust and other substances as well as general wear and tear. The bed,...

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At the Lathe: Turn a Custom Tool Handle

An elegant grip that perfectly fits your hand can enhance your tool-using experience. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 19-22 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now There are at least two reasons you may want or need to make a new handle for one of your turning tools. Sometimes unhandled tools are...

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At the Lathe: From Wood Chunk to Chuck

The best way to process logs into blanks and avert future headaches. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 81-83 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Ideally, your turning wood comes to you in one of two ways: as fresh, sound green wood, in reasonably sized sections that you quickly rough-turn into bowls...

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At the Lathe: Preparing Green Wood

Here’s how to take your stock from logs to lathe. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 88-91 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I was sitting in my booth at a craft show when a young man came in and began looking at...

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At the Lathe: Finger Tops

Fun to turn and pretty to look at, these little spinners will enhance your skills. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 82-85 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now Tops are the atoms of woodturning; so simple, yet you can do so many things with them. Simple or fancy, they are fun to...

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At the Lathe: Turning Oval Tool Handles

Grip allows greater leverage with less pressure, and can be custom-fit. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-93 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now If you’ve ever used a small-handled screwdriver to turn a tight screw, you know that having a decent handle is half the battle. A larger handle makes it...

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At the Lathe: Making Multiples

Sometimes, unique is exactly what you want to avoid when turning. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 76-79 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now If you turn, sooner or later you are going to find yourself facing some project that requires several (or many) duplicate turnings. You may feel a brief rush...