Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Making a hand drill for woodturners

 























Tools and materials I propose:

Lathe

Wood turning tools set

Chuck kit

Caliper set

Centre drill countersink bit 

Mini machinist’s lathe

Cutter Set for Metal Lathe

Type and numbers stamp kit

Jeweler's saw


In this video I make a hand drill for creating long holes in my small lathe. You can also use it to establish the depth in your bowls or boxes before hollowing.  I made it out of scrap pieces of mahogany, maple and brass. I also used a long 8mm drill bit.


First of all I glued a piece of maple with a piece of mahogany to make my blank. 


I then turned the piece true using a roughing gouge. 


Using a centre countersink bit I drilled the entry hole. This would keep the drill bit straight while I make the final hole. 


I then used my machinist’s lathe to make a brass ring for the handle. 


I then epoxied the ring in place. I secured the piece with my steady rest and then I trimmed the ring flush. 


Then I finished shaping the handle using a skew and the roughing gouge. I sanded until 400 grit and then I polished the handle with abrasive polishing paste. 


Finally I epoxied the drill bit in place. I then used a punch to add the number of the drill bit on the handle. It’s an 8mm drill bit. 


And my drill was ready. It’s actually pretty accurate and works really great. But that was it, see you soon with a new project video. 


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Monday, October 19, 2020

Making a milk can maraca - Woodturning

 























Tools and materials I propose:

Lathe

Wood turning tools set

Chuck kit

Wire Burning Kit

Bandsaw

Caliper set

Forstner bit set



In this video I make the percussive musical instrument called maraca. I made it out of basswood, a milk tin can and some rice. It was really fun to make, but more fun to play.


I begun by opening up one side of the can. I cleaned the can and let it aside. 


Then I cut a circle on the bandsaw, out of a piece of basswood. 


I started turning the core of the handle on the lathe. I then started turning a tenon. 


Using a forstner bit I drilled the hole on the circular piece. Then I epoxied the circle in place. I did the maraca in two pieces in order to save some wood while woodturning.


I did most of the shaping using a bowl gouge. 


At this point I made a tenon to fit the tin can. I did a series of circles to test which fitted best. Then I made the tenon with a parting tool. 


I drilled a pilot hole on the lathe. I would screw the can in place later on. I drilled the can and screwed it in place, to check everything was ok. 


I finished shaping with the bowl gouge and a round scraper. I then used a pair of dividers to create grooves for the wire burner. I also widened the grooves with my skew. 


I parted the piece off the lathe. I finished it with a few clear coats of spray paint. I sanded between coats. I filled the maraca with rice. You can experiment with different materials. You can use several kind of seeds, small rocks, nails, screws etc and choose what sounds best to you.


I was a really fun project, but that was it, see you soon with a new project video!




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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to make a mallet out of aluminium, epoxy resin and mulberry wood

 

























Tools and materials I propose:

Vacuum chamber kit

Resin

Lathe

Wood turning tools set

Chuck kit

Mini machinist’s lathe

Forstner bit set

Wire Burning Kit

Centre drill countersink bit

Caliper set



I had some aluminium savings from my metal lathe. So I decided to incorporate them into an epoxy resin project. I decided to make this mallet. I think it came out pretty interesting.


First of all I placed the metal savings in a plastic cap. Then I mixed some resin and added black pigment. I poured the resin in the cap and the I de-gassed it in the vacuum chamber. 


Then I used a wood off-cut that fitted my chuck’s jaws and I epoxied the blank in place. To prevent the piece from moving around while glue up, I used a bamboo stick as a pin. 


I did most of the turning using a round nose scrapper. I then Used a centre drill countersink bit to drill the centre. Then I used drill bits and forstner bits to hollow the epoxy head of the mallet. 


I then sanded from 100 to 320 dry. I wet sanded from 400 to 1000 grit. Finally I polished the epoxy with fine and super fine abrasive paste. 


I parted the piece off the lathe.  I then used my bowl bottom chuck and reversed the piece to finish it’s other side. 


I then turned a piece of mulberry on the lathe to make a handle. I used the roughing gouge and the round scrapper. I also used a flat chisel to make the tenon. I also used the skew to make the entry points for the wire burning tool. 


I epoxied the head in place. The I cut the piece off the lathe and used the belt sander to clean the cut parts. 


I finished the mallet with a coat of mineral oil.


Aluminium savings and black epoxy resin worked really nicely together creating a really interesting material.


I am really happy with the way my mallet came out. But that was it. See you soon with a new project video.



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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Making a revolving centre for turning spheres on the lathe

 






















Tools and materials I propose:

Lathe

Wood turning tools set

Chuck kit

Mini machinist’s lathe

Forstner bit set


In this video I used the metal lathe to make a live centre for the woodturning lathe. To make it I used a piece of aluminium, a ball bearing, wood and leather. I made this tool for making spheres but you can make different adaptors and use it in many different situations. 


To make my live centre I took an old live centre as a reference. I didn’t have the right tools to measure the taper with accuracy so I did a couple of trials. I finally set my lathe at half a degree and it seems to work.


I made the piece out of aluminium but steel is a better option but harder to work with. 


Anyway first of all I turned the tenon to fit my ball bearing. I then reversed chucked the piece and started working on the morse taper. 


Then I epoxied the bearing in place.


Now it was time to work on the wood piece. I used a piece of olive wood I had. 


First I created the tenon for my chuck. Then I used several forstner bits to create a hole that fit my bearing. I reversed chucked the piece again and created a taper. Then I drilled a hole in front. I used my hook tool to slightly hollow the front. 


Then I used some contact cement to glue a piece of leather in front. The leather prevents the wood from being damaged as the tailstock presses on it. 


And basically my little tool was ready. Although I am not sure I got the taper right it seems to work really nicely. But that was it, see you soon with a new project video.



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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

How to make a pine cone and resin pendant - Woodturning

 






















Tools and materials I propose:

Vacuum chamber kit

Buffing kit

Resin

Lathe

Wood turning tools set

Chuck kit

Mini machinist’s lathe


In this video I create a pendant out of a pine cone and epoxy resin. This project was mostly woodturning but I also used my mini machinist's lathe to make a small brass hanger. 


I begun by sanding the pine cone on my belt sander. I did this to fit the cone into the mold better. I used a small wood block and a rubber band to keep the cone from floating into the resin. 


I mixed my resin and added a drop of green pigment.  Then I degassed the resin in the vacuum chamber.


I like to keep small blocks of wood that fit my chuck from my old turning projects. So I used a block like that to glue the blank on and then turned it on the lathe. 


Most of the turning for this project was done with a round scraper which worked really nicely with resin. 


I dry sanded from 100grit to 320. Then I wet sanded with soap water from 400 to 1000grit. I used fine and super fine abrasive pastes for the polishing. To use the paste I set my lathe at it’s lowest speed and used a paper towel. When the paper does not catch paste anymore I am done. 


I then parted the piece off the lathe and used my bowl bottom cleaning jaws to clear and polish the other side of the pendant. 


Finally I did the final polishing with my buffing wheel system. 


I made a small brass hanger with my mini machinist’s lathe. I then epoxied the hanger in place and my pendant was ready.


It came out really nice but that was it. See you soon with a new project video. 


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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

How to make a tin can baglama ( mini bouzouki )

 


























Tools and materials I propose:

Wire Brush Kit For Drill

Jointer planer

Speed square

Circular saw

Table saw

Chisel set

Rotary tool

Bandsaw

Cordless drill

No4 hand plane

Block plane

BeaverCraft Sloyd Knife

Cobalt Drill Bit Set 

Cabinet Scraper set

Flat file

Round file

Spoke shave

Fret wire

Flush trim saw

Wood burner


This instrument is inspired by people in Greek prisons before world war two. They used whatever materials they could find in order to make music while locked up. It is also dedicated to their memory. I made mine out of a food tin can, basswood and mahogany. 


First I added paint remover on the tin can. This softened the paint. Then I used a wire brush on my drill press to remove the paint. 


I then squared a piece of basswood for the neck. 


I used my rotary tool and a cutting disc to open up the holes for the neck on the can. 


I then did the basic shaping of the neck on the table saw and the bandsaw. I used my tapering jig to cut the 15 degree angle of the neck and headstock joint. I used a couple of dowels to glue the headstock to the neck.  


Then I shaped the neck a little bit. Before I glue the fretboard I used a long sanding board to flatten the neck front. 


I used my belt sander, files, knives and cabinet scrappers to continue shaping the neck. 


Then I started drilling the holes for the tuning pegs. I used a home made centre punch to mark the positions of the holes. 


Then I started shaping the neck with a spokeshave and files. 


I cut a piece of mahogany on the table saw to make the fretboard. I measured the scale of my instrument which is 34cm from nut to bridge. Then I used a fret calculator to measure to fret positions. 


I then cut the fret slots and glued the fret board in place. I used bamboo sticks as pins to prevent the fretboard from sliding around while glue up. These also serve as fret position indicators. 


I trimmed the fretboard flush with a block plane and a cabinet scrapper.


It is important that the fret wire fits snuggly but not too snuggly. So you should use a saw that creates the right slot for the fret wire you want to use. 


I hammered the frets in place and then added a drop of super glue on each fret end. 


I then used files to trim the frets flush. 


I masked the fretboard and marked the fret tops. Then with a sanding block I levelled the frets. I sanded until 400grit and then I polished the frets with a buffing wheel on my rotary tool. 


I also sanded the fret ends to make them smoother to the touch. 


I screwed the neck with the tin in place. 


Then I varnished the instrument except for the fretboard. I sanded between coats. I finished the fretboard with mineral oil. 


Then I made the bridge and neck. I cut the slots on both pieces at once. 


Finally I installed the hooks that keep the strings on place. 


And my little prison baglama was ready. It sounds like both bouzouki and banjo in one instrument. I really enjoyed this build. But that was it. See you soon with a new project video. 



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