I‘ve made hundreds of Grinders using the Crushgrind mechanism. It’s taken me years and years to perfect my techniques, and in the You Turn spirit of sharing, I’ve decided to show one being turned from start to finish. Why? Because your grinder will make an outstanding gift, is capable of being used daily for years and years, and can be a great expression of your own wood turning ideas. Read more
Getting the right timber to start a project is very important to how it turns out. In Episode 9 of A Minute of BS I talk about my favourite timber: Redgum or (to save any confusion) Eucalyptus Camaldulensis. This is a great wood once it’s finished, but not the easiest to work with. I use it a lot, not only because of its local abundance, as this story will show, but because it speaks to me and informs what I make from it. I’d love to know more about what timbers you like to work with in your part of the world, and why. Read more
2014 was the first year I started making videos under the “You Turn” name. Prior to that, I ran a You Tube channel under my own name for a number of years. Along the way, I’ve published around 60 videos about my wood turning.
As my You Tube subscriber count grows towards 10,000, it’s a good time to reflect on which videos are proving the most popular. Here’s a list of the 10 most popular videos from my You Tube channel. Read more
Here’s another roundup of quirky gift ideas for wood turners from the web. Read more
Wood turners are quite content in their sheds, working at the lathe. What better gift than something that makes that experience even better? Read more
Pressure chambers are not the sort of things that anyone should make without knowing exactly what they are doing. Vacuum sucks everything in so any malfunction will result only in the collapse of the chamber and some wasted resin. A malfunction with a pressure chamber can result in a fatal explosion. Read more
Any woodturner should concern themselves with dust and do everything possible to prevent inhaling it. Respirators are one of the best way to achieve this and some come with the added protection of a facemask. The Trend Pro-shield has proven to be popular and I got the opportunity to put it through its paces. Apart from one concern regarding the weight of it I was impressed. Read more
It has been compared to Ebony and has been used for traditional purposes by the Solomon Islanders for many years. But is this exotic species suitable for wood turning? In this article, we test it on various projects – a bowl, a vase – to see what sort of tools, techniques and finishes produce the best results. How does it stack up against Aussie Redgum? Read on to find out more.
It’s in classic technical manuals that we find some truly inspirational wood turning. Where else would you see a lathe operator in a three piece suit? But many of the books written in the early 20th century have turned to dust. Thankfully, the internet has saved a couple of significant volumes. You Turn is very pleased to share the love. Read more