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The Ultimate Guide to Making a Grinder

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

My Love Affair with Redgum

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

My 10 Most Popular You Turn Wood Turning Videos

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

Queen Ebony

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.

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Title: Oak bowl
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Author: Mike Jones