Today I’ll walk you through the process of turning a carbon fiber Jr. Gentleman’s rollerball pen. First, you’ll need: Lathe Bandsaw or other saw Belt/disk sander or barrel trimmer Pen mandrel scraper or carbide tool Jr. Gentlemen’s Pen Kit (I used the black titanium kit) Jr. Gentlemen’s Bushings Carbon Fiber Blanks (or other material for body […]
I know what you’re thinking. Really? A review about a spur drive? Come on, you are seriously low on content pal. Actually no, I’d like to pass along some information that’s kinda the point of my blog. A month of Sundays ago, I was on the prowl for a #3 MT spur drive. There are […]
Alright, back on track. Lets get to making the globe for a Christmas Ornament!There are two ways to approach the design elements of any turning project. You can either work from a sketch, or sculpt your piece as you work at the lathe. There have only been a handful of instances when I work from […]
Well, I’m back at it. Making more ornaments. I had the best of intentions to make a tutorial around Christmas, but the busy holiday season coupled with trying to finish orders in time for the big day stole my attention. This is the beginning of a series of posts I’ll make to share my process […]
I’ve finally gotten back around to working with my vacuum system to hold bowls and small children to the lathe. Just kidding, I don’t turn kids… In this post, I’ll describe my process for making a vacuum chuck for my lathe. The fun part is that this was done without buying a faceplate!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve turned a chip-n-dip platter, so it’s good to be making one again. This is a beautiful piece of ambrosia maple with some lovely birdseye and lots of character. I’ve rough turned the piece and it’s now soaking in a denatured alcohol bath. I’ll be fitting it with a […]
Over the years of exploring wood turning forums, a name began appearing, Thompson Lathe Tools.
While turning some 20″ platters, I came to the realization that my beloved lathe needs a new heart. Not just any heart, a bigger, stronger, slower heart. Slower?Yes, a new motor was in order for my lathe. The 2hp is good, but when turning large pieces at low speed, it lacks the torque needed. So, […]