Judy Ditmer

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At the Lathe: Two Holiday Turning Projects

Turn spindle and hollow-globe ornaments using a waste block mount. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-95 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now For woodturners, the nip of autumn in the air usually triggers thoughts of holiday projects. Here are two ornaments you may enjoy making. A simple spindle or “icicle” ornament...

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At the Lathe: How to Pursue an Ideal Form

Seek perfection, and you may attain excellence. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 96-98 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Once I complimented a student new to turning on the pleasing shape of her very first bowl, which she was working on. She burst out laughing and exclaimed, “I’m not in charge...

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At the Lathe: Solid Roots for Good Design

The first step to a pleasing form is knowing your possibilities and limitations. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-93 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now Whether or not you know it, every time you make something you are designing. What does that mean, exactly? This definition (from “The Random House Dictionary...

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At the Lathe: Serving up Turning on a Platter

This wide, shallow ‘bowl’ is an elegant project with interesting challenges. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-94 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now A platter is a great project for beginners and advanced turners alike. It can be as plain or as fancy as you want to make it. A beginner...

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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: 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...