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.

Turn a Votive Candle Holder

On this week’s show, Tim Yoder shows you how to make an attractive votive candle holder out of Brazilian bloodwood. Like all our Tim Yoder episodes, this video will be available free for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks, we will make the episode available for purchase. With its rich, dark-red color...

Episode 2 – Purpleheart Doorstops

This week on Woodturning with Tim Yoder, you get to share in the excitement as Tim welcomes a new lathe to his shop! As he sets up the machine, Tim discusses what to look for when you’re in the market for a heavy-duty lathe and how to position it in your...

Premiere Full Episode – Woodturning with Tim Yoder

Woodturning with Tim Yoder is presented by Popular Woodworking Magazine. New full episodes are available every other week on our woodturning homepage, and remain free for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks, we will make the videos available for purchase. In the first episode of the new show Woodturning with Tim Yoder,...

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Tim Yoder Launches Popular Woodturning Show (In His Own Words)

When Kevin Ireland (the publisher of “Popular Woodworking Magazine” & “American Woodworker”) asked me to write a blog about our new show Woodturning with Tim Yoder, I winced a little. After all, I am a talker – not a writer. The thought of putting pen to paper or keyboard to computer...

Working in the Round

As we continue to explore customized storage solutions from the workshop, a fun way to make an interesting container is to turn one. If you have (or have access to) a lathe and a little bit of turning experience you can quickly turn a nice lidded box. A round box? I’m...

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...

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...

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...