Woodturning and Wood Lathes

2008-10-18 - Patrick and I finally took a drive to the Woodcraft store, in Newington, NH. The ride was long, but the timing was perfect. Just as we arrived there, they announced that there was going to be a woodturning demonstration on making Christmas ornaments! We both enjoyed the demonstration put on by Don of that store.

Summer 2009 - Bought a TurnCrafter Pro Variable Speed Midi Wood Lathe, from Penn State Industries, their model number TCLPROVS. It was on sale and I had a coupon (I never pay full-price for anything). It has a much smaller footprint than the Central Machinery 12"x33-3/8" wood lathe with reversible head that I bought in 2008 from Harbor Freight. It is also portable, so I can lug it outdoors, clamp it into my Workmate Bench and make chips. Among the things that I like about this lathe over the Central Machinery one is that this one's motor does not blow the chips and/or sawdust all over the place. The Central Machinery lathe's motor blows directly in the line of the chips from the woodturning, sending them everywhere.

2009-10-09 - My first commissioned woodturning - a baseball bat shaped beer tap handle for a customer of Milly's Tavern, Manchester, NH. The handle is for their Fisher Cat Ale. I wish that I had made some measurements of the final product and taken a better picture of it, with a better background.

Woodturning Tools

I have purchased our woodturning tools from various sources, Harbor Freight, Woodcraft, Rockler and the Sterling's Barn Sale (Goffstown, NH)

Search Amazon.com for The Lathe Book

Search eBay for Wood Lathe

Drill Press as a Wood Lathe using a bicycle hub as a live center. Quite interesting!

Squidoo.com - Woodturning Projects Ideas, Inspiration & Instructions. This is an interesting-looking website. I will have to look at it more, someday.