Turning

Not every woodworker you meet hanging around the shop is a turner – but every woodworker worth his sawdust has a solid foundation in woodturning techniques. Here we’ve assembled everything you need to know to get started in turning, and eventually master the skill. Understand the fundamentals of woodturning tools; expand your repertoire with woodturning projects of all levels; create beautiful pieces on the lathe in your home, whether it’s a foot-pumped antique, or a 21st-century powerhouse.

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Name That Chuck!

Name That Chuck! Here’s a chance to test your woodturning IQ. For many operations, a chuck performs the essential job of holding the work securely and safely on the lathe. These operations often present unique requirements, so a dizzying array of manufactured and shop-made chucks have evolved. How many of the 31 different chucks...

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Woodturning with Tim—Christmas In February

I’ll admit right here, I haven’t done a lot of turning in my many years of woodworking. Not that it wasn’t appealing, but it wasn’t what was required at the time. Cabinetry and furniture paid the bills, and I tended to think of turning as a recreational, or an artistic endeavor. Why am I...

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Tools to Make a Roorkee Chair

Gathering the tools and materials necessary to make a Roorkee chair might seem intimidating because of some of the unusual operations (riveting?). I think the list of necessary tools is pretty manageable and reasonably priced – nothing too exotic. When students ask me for recommendations on what they should buy, here is my list....

Make a Tulipwood Salt Cellar

Next week on Woodturning with Tim Yoder, you’ll learn to make a salt cellar that features clever hidden hinges and a catch made from rare earth magnets. The project is made from a single blank of tulipwood that Tim shapes, then parts into two pieces and hollows to create the lid and base. The...

Turn a Roman Canteen

Tim offers a project that gives you a chance to practice rounding and hollowing in two dimensions. The project? A flask shaped like a Roman canteen that features a goncalo alves body with ebony accents on the sides and a cocobolo stopper. Making the project involves simple techniques but you do have to work...

Turn a Coffee Scoop

This time on Woodturning with Tim Yoder, you’ll learn how to make a two-piece coffee scoop that will look beautiful in your kitchen or in a gift basket for family or friends. Tim starts by laying out the parts, using a piece of curly maple for the bowl and walnut for the handle. After...

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Turning a Segmented Birdhouse

Need a quick project you can turn from some flat scraps of dimensioned lumber? This birdhouse is the answer. As Tim Yoder shows you in this week’s episode of Popular Woodturning, it’s easy to make this project from a glued-up blank. And with Tim’s innovative hollowing technique, you can create a birdhouse that’s 6 inches...

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A Twice-turned Bowl from Green Wood

This week on Woodturning with Tim Yoder, Tim demonstrates his two-stage process for turning a black walnut bowl from a chunk of green wood. Green wood is a pleasure to turn because the fibers cut easily due to the wood’s high moisture content. But if you try to turn a finished form, the green...

How to Make Wood Pendants on the Lathe

This week on Popular Woodturning, host Tim Yoder shows you how to turn beautiful figured-maple pendants and then dye them in a 5-step process to create unique jewelry. Tim says his friend and fellow turner Bruce Holden developed the process for creating these pendants. And as you’ll see, it’s a clever one. Tim starts...