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WTU 2015 Spring Challenge
As I was trying to think of a new challenge for this spring, I was pretty much stumped. So I consulted with the big Muckimucks of the Advisory Panel for ideas. In fact I said something like "would any of you guys like to step up to the plate?" That's when the genius and wisdom of age kicked in and Chuck Jones said "Plate, how about a plate, or platter?" Well, that's why Chuck makes the big bucks. He's always thinking!
Paulownia Tomentosa, a True Mystery Wood
Let me get much of the woodturning information out of the way at the front end and quickly, because “the rest of the story” is where things get downright fascinating. This short article only touches on the mixture of fact, rumor, and myth that surround this wood.
The woodturner quickly learns that Paulownia wood is extremely light, fuzzes up when turned, but then can finish out very nicely with sharp tools and sandpaper. Superficially, you may mistake this rapidly growing wood for ash. It most resembles, to me, mimosa -- in the look, feel, and response on the lathe.
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.