June 2020 archive

June Challenges: Spinning Tops and YoYos

Members of the brand new Woodturning360 Club had an easy start to their members challenges with Spinning Tops and YoYo’s. Here’s the slideshow of their work

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Tipi Top

Only a small top made from sycamore. Decorated with felt tip pens. It took a little while to turn to a shape that would flip upside down and keep spinning

Matt’s spinning top submission

Here’s the 1st top I’ve ever made, it’s maple with a mahogany handle.

another spinning top

turned from the square part of a table leg ..jus boiled linsed oil and microcristaline was from HS

spinning top number 3

use a piece of green sicamore ..just danish oil and microcristalinne wax

Yoyo and Spinning Top Challenges :)

Here are my challenges. A yoyo based on a Retro Duncan design which it turns out to be called “the Butterfly”. 1 Piece Sapele or similar hard wood. Works a treat and walks the dog 🙂 A spinning top to the design that felt right as it appeared on the spindle, thin top to increase …

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06/20 Newbie spinning top challenge

My entry for the June newbie challenge. Although quite a simple task i still learnt a lot as I have very little turning experience. Quite happy with it, it spins well and I made a little stand for it?

A Top YoYo :)

Here are my challenges. A yoyo based on a Retro Duncan design which it turns out to be called “the Butterfly”. 1 Piece Sapele or similar hard wood. Works a treat and walks the dog 🙂 A spinning top to the design that felt right as it appeared on the spindle, thin top to increase …

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A punky Yew spinning top!

My spinning top for the June challenge. It’s made from a piece of Yew. It wasn’t the nicest bit of wood to turn. One section was very punky and needed filling with coffee grounds and CA glue. I finished it with some HS bronze embellishing wax and HS gloss finishing wax. It turned out ok …

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My yoyo challenge

A composite blank left over from another project, mahogany and basswood.

Split personality

It does not know if its a yoyo or a spinning top.

June Challenge: Jeannet’s spinning top

Made from birch and finished with Hampshire Sheen’s Danish oil.

Turning Clothing and Attire

What to wear when you’re turning? There are various things that are good to wear, and things that should be avoided. This article is an extension of the PPE as what you wear can have affect on woodturning safety. Comfort You may well be standing in front of the lathe for many hours at a …

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A Question of Insurance

Urgh! Insurance. Like it or loath it, it can save you a lot of money in an unfortunate incident. Here are some things worth thinking about, particularly if you are considering selling your work, demonstrating or teaching.

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June Challenge: Simons Spinning Top

Piece of oak (rescued from the firewood pile) , approx 2 inch across, finished with Danish oil and a little gloss wax (video of it spinning on Facebook page)

Trial at First Spinning Top

i tried to turn my first challenge i use a segmented piece that glued waiting for the lathe to be delivered

June Challenge: Ligia’s spinning top

Made from a piece of sycamore. Dyed with black intrinsic stain and embellished with gold wax, finished off with the Hampshire Sheen Carnacrystalline Stick.

Composite spinning top

A small top made from some laminated scraps

June Challenge: Ligia’s yo-yo

I made this yo-yo from walnut with a beech spindle connecting the two halves. The two halves weigh the same which allows for a balanced yo-yo. It was mostly turned with a spindle gouge and finished with the intrinsic dyes and Hampshire Sheen Gloss Wax. The most exciting thing is that it works. The lower …

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newbies challenge

here is the second trial ..made from a leg of a table …must find a way of getting blank..of there will be no more furniture in the house

Sunblush oaky yo-yo

Made from Oak using a bowl gouge, spindle gouge and parting tool. Coloured with intrinsic colours and finished with Hampshire sheen white Embellishing wax and Microcystaline wax.

Sunset jojo

Made from Birch. ColouredWith Hampshire sheen intrinsic colour, ruby end honey. Finished with Hampshire sheen wax. I used 10 mm bowl gauge and a parting tool.

Lathes: A Guided Tour

Everyone loves new toys, and buying a lathe can be a significant investment. Let’s take a simple look at lathes without getting too lost in the technical stuff.

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Site Translations

With Woodturning360, membership is available to every woodturner around the world if they want to join. To help them, we’ve just added a quick and easy way to translate the site to non-English speaking members.

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Anatomy of a Gouge

Gouges are fabulous tools to use in all their shapes and sizes. This article introduces each of the ‘bits’ of gouges in general and their common names.

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6 Set Tool Box

A perfect introduction to woodturning tools is a box set of six tools like those illustrated in this article. This box contains Spindle Roughing Gouge, Bowl Gouge, Spindle Gouge, Skew Chisel, Round Nose Scraper and a Parting Tool.

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Personal Protection Equipment

Personal Protection Equipment is a must for a safe working environment. Here are some guidelines on what are considered to be essential items for your protection and that of others in your workshop.

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Safety in Your Workshop

No matter how confident or experienced you are as a turner, safety in your workshop should always be front and centre in your mind – Not just for you, but for anyone in the workshop with you. Also remember, that the safety of your workshop is your responsibility.

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