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AW Extra 10/24/13 – Turning Bocce Balls

Turning Bocce Balls By Alan Lacer Freehand turning of a near perfect wooden sphere without flat spots or bumps is a wonderful challenge for a turner.Whether it’s for croquet, furniture drawer knobs or simply as a decorative object, the wooden sphere is a wonderful exercise in developing a form, tool control and understanding grain...

AW Extra 10/17/13 – Turning Table Legs

Turning Table Legs By Alan Lacer Turning four table legs that match may sound impossible, but it’s not. With these tried and true tips, and a little practice, you can successfully turn even the largest legs. And these same techniques apply when you’re copying a broken chair spindle or producing a set of balusters....

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Turned Legs for the Lathe-less

Whenever we include a project that has turned legs, bun feet or some other turned component, we inevitably get calls and e-mails from readers who don’t have a lathe or don’t have a friend who has a lathe, but want to build the piece as printed. There are a number of sources online where...

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Two New Takes on Old Technology

To wrap up my new product coverage of AWFS, I’d like to talk about two new takes on technology that’s been around for years. The first is an instant glue that could be a godsend for production woodworkers and a nice innovation for us home shop craftsmen as well. An Instant Glue For Heavy...

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Woodturning Basics – 5 Dos and 2 Don’ts

That’s me in the above photo, practicing my woodturning basics with the help of a friend and his lathe. It’s amazing how much you can learn about turning in just a few hours. That’s part of the fun of it. Working in a circle rather than a square seems to lend itself to faster...

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The Art of Woodturning

Shown above is “Sunset,” an intricate segmented bowl by Hal Metlitzky. When I learned woodturning in the mid-1990s, my goal was simply to make bowls and platters with fair curves, pleasing shapes and thin, uniform walls. If the wood figure popped, all the better. This was woodturning as a craft. And I figured that...

Ice Cream Scoop

Ice Cream Scoop Create a soda-shop classic. By Alan Lacer In simpler days, soda jerks quickly and efficiently dished perfect servings of ice cream with sturdy wooden-handled scoops. Today, if you have a little turning skill, a small block of wood, and the metal parts (see Sources, below), you can create a classic ice...

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Dale Nish, 1932-2013

Dale Nish, one of the world’s most influential woodturners, teachers and writers, died yesterday in Provo, Utah. Nish taught woodworking at Brigham Young University for 28 years, until his retirement in 1995. He’s the author of several landmark books on turning including “Creative Woodturning” and “Artistic Woodturning,” and of many magazine articles and columns....

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Easy Wood Tools and Sorby TurnMaster Compared

I learned to turn a number of years before Easy Wood Tools introduced its line of turning tools in 2010. These tools were different from more traditional turning tools – they were designed to make turning easier to learn for the beginner by greatly simplifying the techniques of how turning tools cut wood. Easy...