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post #1 of 8 Old 05-29-2011, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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No fancy tools

Opened this thread to show can turn side or end grain with just bowl, spindle gouges, and round nose scrappers optional.

Turned the small holly bowl with just a ˝” bowl gouge and finished with Lacquer.

The little Oak end grain weed pots needed noting more than spindle gouge and forstner bit. I did use my forstner bit extension to give me a deeper hole.

The wet Bradford Potpourri end grain pot roughed out waiting for it to dry before finishing making spiral top. Did use a forstner bit, used a spindle gouge and scrapper to round inside walls. This is not the final size yet.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-29-2011, 10:13 AM
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Very nice Wildwood.
In a previous post I thought you were referring to the “Ray Key” type boxes. Even with a fancy tool is not needed. I try to make a lot of specialty tools to save both cost and storage space.

Sometimes I have a problem visualizing something and even more putting my response/questions in text without offending someone.

Anyway, great work, especially on the holly bowl. I would not come close to being able to finesse the interior curves with just a bowl gouge.

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The Gum box in the middle is first box ever made. Second box is Bradford Pear not sure when done that. Used nothing but spindle gouges back then. Followed procedures Richard Raffan describes in his book and video for making boxes. There are little nibs in bottom of boxes.

The Oak birdhouse has no nib in bottom. Round bottoms out because turn a small wood egg to put in there so looks likes a nest in there.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-30-2011, 07:03 AM
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Great job Wildwood. That is difficult to do.

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I have a very large selection of tools (probably 75), and I do use them all from time to time. However I can turn 90 percent of everything I do with 4. Bowl gouge, detail gouge, skew and parting tool. Almost all of the others are larger or smaller versions of the same. The rest are custom tools used for a specific purpose to make a task either faster or easier.
The only ones not mentioned are hollowing tools of which you really only need 2 however I have about 12 to 15 in different sizes and shapes. Again these are mostly to speed up a task or do a very specific task that is slow or a hassle with the 2 original ones.
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Guess I watched the wrong videos, three Keys and only one Raffan.
I’m going to try one of those birdhouses soon, but not that small.
I have a 10” cedar that died and I plan on cutting it off about 4’ high and use the next portion to turn a house to fit back on the trunk. Maybe if I do a big one I can do a little one .

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Thats some really nice work wildwood
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Thanks for the compliments not my best or worst work. I cannot take a decent picture to save my life. I own good camera Cannon A630, and have read instructions more than couple of times.

Point of my posting is do not be afraid to try. Have some confidence in yourself and tools. Does not take lot of wood or fancy tools to have fun turning. That first end grain Gum box, paper glue joint, waste block, face plate, and spindle gouge.

Big birdhouses best made with stave construction, woman from MD had an excellent article in AAW newsletter on how to back in 1994-95, no longer have the article. This article almost as good, may find something better if you search Google! http://www.genevaconcepts.com/Geneva_Concepts/Articles_files/Stave%20Construction.pdf

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