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Helpful Woodturning tips and tricks


Idiot Stick — Pete Holtus

As made and “played” on me some years ago by Pete at the Denver Woodworking Show — Richard Kuivila (Click to Download)

How to make a Cryptex Box — John Giem

John Giem's handout from his April 6, 2010 club demonstration on how to make Cryptex Box (This article has been provided with the permission of the author: John Giem)

How to make a Rainstick — Rick Orr

Rick Orr's handout from his March 2, 2010 club demonstration on how to make Rainsticks, handout also covers how he converts them to fly rod storage tubes.

Reversing the Jet Mini Lathe — Bruce Perry

Thank you to Bruce Perry for thinking of this, and drawing up the instructions! Bruce has figured out how to make the Jet Mini Lathe (VS model) go in reverse. This is helpful for sanding in both directions, which will get you a better finish, and hollowing in reverse (as we recently saw Don Derry demonstrate). Here are the instructions in .pdf format.

Reversing the Jet Mini Lathe, revisited — Brandon

Brandon gave the "Reversing The Jet Mini Lathe" a shot and it was easier to do than he thought it would be. Especially because he doesn't know the first thing about electricity. Brandon did have a modification to Bruce's instructions, and tried to clarify the instructions for those of us who don't know anything about electricity. Check out his modification.

Aspen Harvesting Trip

On July 27, 2004, four woodturners from the Front Range Woodturners made a trip to the mountains to learn how to cut down Aspen. There were 2 experienced harvesters and two students. To learn some of the techniques of how to cut down Aspen, and some of the pictures of beautiful Colorado, click here.

Turning a Perfect Sphere — Soren Berger

At the June 2008 FRW meeting Soren Berger demonstrated use of his Sphere Calculating Caliper. Unfortunately we were unable to capture this demo on video, so here is a 13:47 minute video click here for the video of Soren's technique that he very kindly agreed that we could post on our website. Soren desired to point out that these calipers, along with his other products such as compression rings, are available from Craft Supplies, USA ; Packard Woodworks; and Highland Hardware.

Turn a Bandsaw Bowl — Rick Orr

Rick Orr describes the steps involved in making a band saw bowl.

Index Layout Wheel — Paul Stafford

Paul Stafford was nice enough to provide a template he designed for members to download. Here is a picture of it in use. As you can see, he printed the template, then glued it to a piece of hardboard. This item is for layouts, not to be used while the lathe is running! Download the template by clicking here.

Proper use and expectations of a Respirator — Brian Boase

During the February meeting Brian Boase gave a very informative demonstration on the proper use and expectations of a respirator. Below are some of his resources.

How to make a Press Vise — Jason Springfield

Jason Springfield describes the steps involved in making a Press Vise