Alan Lacer's Woodturning Projects & Techniques by Alan Lacer

By Alan Lacer

Chosen from greater than 15 years of articles from one of many country's most sensible turners, Alan Lacer's Woodturning initiatives & thoughts has every little thing you must learn how to flip and take your lathe abilities to the subsequent level.

This booklet comprises an in-depth examine options, instruments and chucks that would support excellent your middle turning talents. You'll study definitely the right instruments to take advantage of, how you can deal with them adequately and the way to take care of them. Lacer's professional guide is helping you grasp the bowl gouge, the spindle-roughing gouge, the skew and different crucial turning instruments. You'll additionally achieve perception into completing options, French sprucing and dealing with spalted wood.

Once you've sharpened your abilities with the instruments & ideas part, placed your new wisdom to the try out with 20 appealing initiatives protecting quite a lot of grew to become varieties and turning techniques.

Sharpen your end-grain hollowing abilities by way of turning a beautiful wine goblet
Practice turning spheres through developing your personal bocce ball garden game
Gain perception into making multiples by means of turning matching desk legs
Turn a desk lamp to perform flowing contours
Learn easy methods to paintings with eco-friendly wooden by means of creating a natural-edge bowl
And a lot more!
Complete with professional guide, step by step pictures, courses to assets and fabrics and advice for heading off universal pitfalls, this ebook is certain that will help you enhance your turning craft – and make a few wonderful items within the technique.

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These operations often present unique requirements, so a dizzying array of manufactured and shop-made chucks have evolved to grasp, expand, screw, compress, trap, pull, jam, stick—and even to move the work through an eccentric pattern (see Sources, page 42). Knowing which chuck to use can be confusing, especially because most are designed for specific applications, so they all have strengths and weaknesses. Learning about chucks will expand your capabilities and make your turning safer, to boot.

Walnut blackens beautifully and whitening its pores creates delicate, graceful grain patterns. If your project is a lidded box or container, add interest by leaving the inside a natural walnut color. The Technique Finish-sand the workpiece to #220-grit, making sure that no sanding scratches remain. Then apply coats of India ink (Photo 1). ), dries in less than half an hour and it won’t fade. Up to three coats of ink may be required to achieve a uniform black surface. Let the ink dry completely before recoating.

Don’t use weak woods such as pine, cedar and spruce, or plywood, which can separate. For dry wood, use yellow or white glue to glue on a waste block. Clamp the joint for at least 12 hours and allow at least 24 hours drying time before turning. Do not glue a piece of paper between the waste block and blank. This creates a weak joint that can separate. For wet wood, use a dry-wood waste block and medium-viscosity CA glue. Lightly clamp the joint and allow at least two hours drying time. Chucks that Compress A block of wood with an anti-slip pad mounted on its face (a ⅛" router mat works well) is the heart of a simple reversechucking setup (Photo 5).

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