Alan Lacer's Woodturning Projects & Techniques

Alan Lacer's Woodturning Projects & Techniques

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 1440340951

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Selected from more than 15 years of articles from one of the country's top turners, Alan Lacer's Woodturning Projects & Techniques has everything you need to learn to turn and take your lathe skills to the next level.

This book includes an in-depth look at techniques, tools and chucks that will help perfect your core turning skills. You'll learn the right tools to use, how to handle them safely and how to maintain them. Lacer's expert instruction helps you master the bowl gouge, the spindle-roughing gouge, the skew and other essential turning tools. You'll also gain insight into finishing techniques, French polishing and working with spalted wood.

Once you’ve sharpened your skills with the Tools & Techniques section, put your new knowledge to the test with 20 beautiful projects covering a wide range of turned forms and turning techniques.

  • Sharpen your end-grain hollowing skills by turning a lovely wine goblet
  • Practice turning spheres by creating your own bocce ball lawn game
  • Gain insight into making multiples by turning matching table legs
  • Turn a table lamp to practice flowing contours
  • Learn how to work with green wood by making a natural-edge bowl
  • And much more!

Complete with expert instruction, step-by-step photos, guides to sources and materials and tips for avoiding common pitfalls, this book is sure to help you improve your turning craft – and make some stunning pieces in the process.

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Shown in Photo 11, for example). Mount a face-grain block on a faceplate and turn a recess (a round mortise) in it. Then turn a tenon on the end of the base blank to snugly fit this recess (as shown in Photo 2, but with a mortised face-grain block mounted on a faceplate instead of a scroll chuck). Jam-fit the tenon into the recess or glue it. The tenon’s shoulder provides additional stability by bearing against the block on the faceplate. Here’s a tip: A jam fit can be tightened by adding a layer.

Sharpening the traditional profile is very easy. Simply start at one side and rotate the tool on the grinder’s tool rest. Stop grinding when sparks flow evenly over the cutting edge. These sparks indicate the edge is sharp. Use a protractor to check the angle of your profile (see Sources, page 14). There is no perfect angle for all situations. To start, 45° to 60° is fine. With experience, you’ll see how different angles affect a tool’s performance. How do you make a velvety smooth bowl.

Cuts, starting at the bottom edge of the blank and working toward the top to gradually reduce the diameter and create the bowl’s “U” shape. As before, do not run off the top. Stop about 1⁄2" from the edge, switch directions and work back from the rim. This eliminates any chance of chipping out the top edge. Turn the base to near its final dimensions—unless you decide it will be smaller than the faceplate. To improve the surface after the shape has been roughly determined, hone the edge of your.

Principles of heat-treating steel and turning a wood handle with a metal ferrule. This awl will be the first milestone on your custom tool-making journey. Note: This project involves metal grinding and working with an open flame, be sure to follow these basic safety guidelines: Thoroughly clean the work area of all wood shavings and dust before using the torch or grinding the steel. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies. If possible, do the heat-treating outside. Wear eye.

Even occasionally topics that seasoned turners struggle with such as using a detail gouge, sharpening, skew chisels and so forth. Most of the core tools have specific sections devoted to edge shaping, edge creation and use (bowl gouges, spindle roughing gouge, detail/spindle gouges, skew chisels). There is even a taste of hollow turning (Christmas ornaments and Lowrider boxes) and working larger scale projects (lamp, baseball bat, table legs). Finishing is covered within most projects, but there.

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