Judy Ditmer

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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...

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At the Lathe: Round Bowl; Square Rim

‘Found-edge’ turnings offer unique edge shapes and a glimpse at wood origins. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-93 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Square bowls – or perhaps more accurately, found-edge bowls – are one of my favorite variations on the general theme of natural-edge pieces. I started making these...

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At the Lathe: Tiny Goblets

Miniature turnings are perfect projects for trying out new techniques. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 82-84 From the April 2007 issue #161 Buy this issue now These little goblets are fun and easy projects, though the ring(s) on the stem may make them a bit more challenging. Because they’re small and relatively quick to make,...

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At the Lathe: Turn a Natural-edge Bowl

Get clean cuts and a nice finish from a challenging piece of material. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 90-94 From the February 2007 issue #160 Buy this issue now A natural-edge bowl is one of the iconic forms of modern woodturning, and it is still a great way to show off a beautiful piece of...

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At the Lathe: Lathe Tool Holder

Convenient tool storage for efficient turning. By Judy Ditmer Pages: 84-85 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now Like many people, when I began turning, my biggest concern was trying to understand and remember the many things I had to do all at once just to achieve the most basic results....