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: Turn Your First Bowl

Taking the time to learn a few basic cuts and moves will help you succeed. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 77-79 From the June 2005 issue #148 Buy this issue now Bowl turning was my first love in woodturning. There is something special about a bowl: The wonderful way the shape shows off different aspects...

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At the Lathe: Strategies for a Fitted-lid Box

These egg boxes are perfect practice projects for turning objects with snug-fitting lids. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 92-94 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now A fitted-lid box is one of the most interesting things to make on the lathe. While there are many steps involved that all have to be...

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At the Lathe: Choosing Your Chucks

There are hundreds of chucks. Here’s a quick look at the four most common styles. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 92-94 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now One of the most important decisions to be made in planning any turning project is how to mount the workpiece on the lathe. This...

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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...