Article Index Judy Ditmer

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...