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Wild Cherry, Another Mid-South Beauty
Back in October, I utilized my monthly allocation of newsletter space discussing a tree/wood which is generally considered the woodturning king of mid-south native woods, that being the black walnut. As thousands of others have done before, I heaped praise upon this beautiful world class wood, and listed its many outstanding qualities. However, I also pointed out that walnut has a dark side in that dust from this wood is extremely irritating to a high percentage of people who work with wood, and for woodturners especially, since we generate so much dust via our obsession with sanding. I for one, keep my walnut turning to a minimum because of the irritating dust.
WTU 2015 Summer Challenge
How many of you can remember the first time you put a tool to a spinning piece of wood? Some have saved that first turning as an example of how far they’ve come, others just remember it in their minds, but I think all of us remember that anxious feeling of putting the tool to the wood, wondering what was going happen next and what the finished piece was going to look like. I’m sure there are people that follow this forum as lurkers as well as those that are regular contributors. All of us share one thing in common though, in our own separate ways we are constantly seeing something here that ignites that little spark in our mind that says “I’ve got to try that sometime”. Well, “Sometime” is here! The Summer 2015 Challenge is going to be the “Sometime Challenge”.
Woodturners to Know
This is a collection of websites and images from some of my favorite turners and other craftspeople. Some have been my teachers, and the others -- I just admire their work. Most have strong, individual ideas about design. As I’ve gone along in turning, I like to think that listening to them and seeing their work has given me permission to explore form, design and color in my own work. Click the links and see what they have to say for themselves.
My Lathe Tool Cabinet
I’ve now had this cabinet in use for 3 to 4 years and have it mounted on the wall just to right of the tail stock end of my lathe. It has been by far one of the best solutions I have come up with for holding the majority of my turning tools. In addition to this cabinet, I also built a rolling tool cart, with full width drawers that holds a myriad of other lathe tools and accessories as well as my grinder and belt sharpener on the top surface.
For the construction of the wall cabinet all of the plywood used is 5/8” as that is what I had on hand. You could use a ¾” ply but I would definitely not go less than the 5/8”.
Saturday started as a day filled with great promise. Mild temperatures, low humidity, and gentle breezes were in the forecast. The wife was going to be gone for the day, leaving me eight hours of uninterrupted shop time. There was leftover brisket in the fridge for a sandwich.
I started my morning with a nice online chat with a knowledgeable wood smith that inhabits a woodworking web site I like to frequent.