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Coloring Wood by Jimmy Clewes

Using dye to color woodturnings is a fun and exciting way to make any piece of wood look spectacular.  In this article, professional woodturner Jimmy Clewes shows you how to use a multi-layer coloring technique to create a stunning effect on your woodturnings. Coloring Preparation After turning your piece, the coloring process can be started. … Continue Reading

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Shear Scraping with the Crown Negative Rake Shear Scraper

As a woodturner, the last thing you want to see when your lathe comes to a stop is an area with torn grain.  It’s a common problem that we often times experience when turning highly figured, open grain or soft-textured woods.  There is an old saying: “My favorite gouge is 80 grit sandpaper”.  There is … Continue Reading

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Turning a Trivet

Woodturned projects are always a welcome addition to my kitchen, and a cork trivet is no exception. A turned cork trivet protects dining tables and counter tops from hot pans and kitchenware. Combine a cork trivet with a nice wooden salad bowl and turned pepper/salt mills at your next dinner party to show off your … Continue Reading

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Turning a Garden Dibber

Whenever I turn, I tend to stick to functional projects that have a use like a salad bowl that will be used daily in my kitchen, or a small bat to hit balls for my dogs to fetch.  A garden dibber is no exception. With 3 garden boxes and a lot of planters, I use mine … Continue Reading

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Turning a Closed-End Jr. Gentlemen’s Fountain Pen

  Pen turners often experiment with new designs and techniques to help make their pens stand out from all the others.  Complicated designs and techniques can take years to master and can discourage beginning pen turners. One way to give a pen a custom look with a minimal amount of extra effort is to use … Continue Reading

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Super Wednesday

Super Wednesday at Craft Supplies USA – May 14th, 2014 Arrive a day early to kickoff your Utah Woodturning Symposium weekend by joining us for Super Wednesday at Craft Supplies USA on May 14th, 2014. Super Wednesday is the perfect opportunity catch up with old friends, enjoy woodturning camaraderie, and choose from more than 20 … Continue Reading

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Wood Stabilizing

As woodturners, we tend to hold on to every last scrap of wood in the shop.  Often times, we find a beautiful piece of wood that is just too soft or punky to turn.  These are the pieces we reluctantly throw away since they can’t be used.  Or can they?  We’ve all seen commercially stabilized … Continue Reading

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Polishing Using Micro Magic

With our new Micro Magic™ Polishing System, you can achieve a perfect finish in three easy steps.  Let’s Get Started! Preparation Sand your blank through 400 grit or higher.  Be careful when sanding, as too much friction can cause heat buildup that can damage or even ruin the blank.  Use a clean paper towel to … Continue Reading

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What is Oil?

In this article you’ll learn about the many types of “Oil” finishes and what makes them different.   Excerpt from an article by Bob Flexner Finishing is a mystery to most woodworkers, but it’s not because finishes are difficult to apply. All that’s involved in applying a finish is transferring a liquid to wood using … Continue Reading

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Turning an Egg

Turn some eggs for easter or just for fun. Turning eggs is also an enjoyable and simple way to hone your woodturning skills.   Preparing the Blank Let’s start by selecting a blank 2”x3”.  If you plan on coloring the egg, select a blank that is light in color such as Holly, Silver Maple, or … Continue Reading

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