Turning Big Wooden Balls

Keith Holamon is turning big wooden balls on a lathe he designed and made. This aspiring woodworker was making balls and they got bigger and bigger and the lathes he was using were not big enough so he made a piece of equipment to handle the size he wanted. On this truck mounted lathe he takes wood that no one wants such as stumps and turns them into beautiful artwork.

Turning A Big Wooden Ball

Big Wooden Ball Project from Mike Leuis on Vimeo.

His work is inspiring, here are some of the comments from around the web.

“Fantastic. Very inspiring even if I’ll never build a massive truck with a massive lathe hanging off of the back of it.”

” Really loved this. Makes my 6″ sphere jig seem puny.”

“There’s something captivating about Keith Holamon and his spending a fortune to create huge wooden balls.”

“I was surprised to see how beautiful the final products were. The process is so rough looking and yet the final pieces are really beautiful.”

I love the look of these wooden balls, the grain is simply amazing! While turning big wooden balls is not something everyone can do, with the right equipment anything is possible.

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Woodturner Upgrades His Workshop

A Woodturner upgrades his workshop and installs his new Rikon lathe in this time lapse video. The aspiring woodworker from VI Wood Works posted the following on YouTube.

Woodturner Upgrades His Workshop

I have been planning on getting a better lathe for about a year now and with a nice tax return, I am able to finally upgrade. I bought a Rikon Wood Fast 70-500 with a 20″ swing and a 2 hp motor. I chose this lathe over the rest because of how much you get for the price, all the adapters and rest sizes are common as opposed to say a Oneway in which you have to have two sets of everything if you have two lathes…

I like the rolling stand he made for his tools, just might copy some of that as I am in the process of reorganizing my shop.

 

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table saw safety legislation is proposed

Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed

Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed in California by Assemblyman Das Williams. The bill he introduced would require Sawstop type of technology which would detect flesh and stop the blade with an electronic brake.

Bill Esler of Woodworking Network writes.

Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed

SACRAMENTO, CA – Table saws sold in California after jan. 1, 2015 would need to include flesh-detecting technology integrated to an electronic saw blade brake, under proposed legislation…

…Woodworking equipment and table saw manufacturer Delta Machinery issued a statement on the California legislation:

Many of you have heard about and voiced your opinion in various forums and postings regarding the potential requirement for “Flesh Detecting Technology” on every table saw. Recently,a bill that would REQUIRE this technology on every table saw sold in California (AB 2218 Table Saw Safety Act) was introduced in the California Assembly by Assemblyman Das Williams (D- Santa Barbara).

Click here to read the full post at woodworkingnetwork.com

table saw safety legislation is proposed
Table saw safety legislation is proposed requiring brakes similar to those made by Sawstop.

We all have our own opinions of this type of legislation. Here at Aspiring Woodworker we has discussed this in the past in our Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central post regarding the CPSC’s proposed safety rules. As you can read in that post, while I feel that the Sawstop technology discussed is great for safety, the government should not tell us we have to have it.

While the comment period for this bill has passed this may be coming to other states. If we hear that other table saw safety legislation is proposed or have more info on the present proposals we will post it here.

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Table Saw Kickback Video

I had seen this table saw kickback video some time back, but thought it was important that I post it here. In the video Tom Hintz from NewWoodworker.com demonstrates  a table saw kickback as well as what happens when a router table is used improperly.

What really hits home is when the kickback is shown in slow motion. He came very close to having his hand come in contact with the spinning blade.

Table Saw Kickback Video

For years it was thought to be safe or even fashionable to use a table saw without a blade guard or riving knife. If the accompanying video does not make that sound like a dumb way to use this machine there is a better than even chance that you are an idiot. Until today, I was an idiot also for thinking of doing this demonstration but after watching my own video I am cured.
There are many ways of having kickbacks on the table saw but the most common seems to be the wood simply turning towards the blade as it

Click here to read the full post on NewWoodworker.com

After watching the table saw kickback video I thing you will all think a little more about your safety when using a table saw.

A featherboard is a great safety addition for your table saw. I own this magnetic version from Ridgid. It works great and
you can get it now for half the price of the Magswitch model!

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Making Large Wooden Baseball Bats

Making large wooden baseball bats is a quick process for a CNC lathe. Ives WoodTurning in Orem, UT has made a few of these exta large bats on his lathe for some customers as of late. The wooden baseball bats are over 5 feet long and 5 inches in diameter at its widest.

In this video from Eldon Ives demonstrates the turning process to make the bats.

Making Large Wooden Baseball Bats

I found it interesting to watch how quickly and efficiently the CNC lathe could make these wooden baseball bats. In addition the size of the finished bats are quite impressive.

When not making large wooden baseball bats Ives WoodTurning makes ballisters, newel posts, table legs and other custom turnings. click here to visit their website, http://www.iveswoodturning.com.

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Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special

Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special

Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special
Porter Cable 690LR Router

I came across a Porter Cable 690LR router and 4210 dovetail jig special package deal at Rockler and wanted to pass it it to you. If you are in the market for these tools it may be to your benefit to pick it up while the limited offer is available.

Here are some of the details from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special

Special Limited offer – While Supplies Last!

For a limited time only – purchase a Porter Cable 690LR Router with a Porter Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig and SAVE $90!

This 690LR Fixed-Base Router features a powerful 1-3/4 horsepower motor to generate 27,500 RPM for precise cutting. Stressing comfort and ease of use, this unit has two ergonomic handles allowing you to comfortably control every move. Router includes collets to accept both 1/4″ and 1/2″ shank bits.

The Porter Cable 4210 dovetail jig allows for cutting half-blind, rabbeted half-blind, and sliding dovetails. Its patented alignment lines and router bit depth stop improve accuracy and make setup quick and easy, while heavy duty cam-type clamps with sandpaper-backed locking bars hold the workpiece firmly in place. The jig accommodates stock from 1/4” to 1-1/8” thick and includes a 1/2” shank, carbide-tipped dovetail bit.

Click here to see more about the Porter Cable 690LR router and 4210 dovetail jig special offer at rockler.com

The Porter Cable 690LR router has a 5 star average rating from customers at Rockler, here is a sampling of the reviews:

Porter Cable 690LR Router Reviews

Submitted by Mike Harrington, from Chino, CA on 4/27/2010
Customer Review Rating: 5.0
I bought my 690 in 1986 and it still runs perfectly today and I do not ever baby it. I have had to replace the cord a few years ago due to the power cord rotting! I also had to replace the base locking key and bolt, but that was peanuts! I would buy another if and when I ever have to!

Submitted by Kreg Kettler, from Tuttle, OK on 9/19/2009
Customer Review Rating: 5.0
I’ve used my 690 for close to 2 years now without a problem. It has power to spare and is rock solid. It has outperformed every other tool in my shop. In many cases I’ve found a way to use a router in lieu my other tools. I have great confidence it will last for many years. My dad’s 690 is over 10 years old and still running strong (I’ve put a few hours on that one too!…

Submitted by Michael N, from Dallas, TX on 6/17/2011
Customer Review Rating: 5.0
Bought this router to permanently go into my new Router Lift FX. It fit perfectly and works like a champ…

Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special Offer
Porter Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig

Click here to read more reviews of The Porter Cable 690LR Router at rockler.com

The Porter Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig has good reviews as well, 4-1/2 stars average, here is one:

Porter Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig

Submitted by Ed Beyer, from Lancastr, CA on 4/17/2011
Customer Review Rating: 5.0
I love this jig! For me, woodworking is just a part-time hobby. This jig allows me to make half-blind dovetails as if I knew what I was doing! Take the time to understand the jig perhaps an hour of trials and you are ready to go. I have already built a blanket chest and several kitchen cabinet pull-out drawers. Needless to say, my wife appreciates my purchase!

Click here for more information about the Porter Cable 4210 Dovetail Jig from rockler.com

This combo Porter Cable 690LR Router and 4210 Dovetail Jig Special offer is a great deal at $199.98 and Rockler Woodworking and Hardware will only have it available for a limited time, some jump on it if you are interested! If you know someone else that might find this beneficial, pass the link to our site on to them.

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Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central

Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central

Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central
Sawstop technology discussed in table saw safety parody on Comedy Central.

Stephen Colbert did a table saw safety parody on Comedy Central recently. In his “People Who Are Destroying America” segment he lampoons the controversy over Sawstop’s founder Steve Gass’s call for tougher table saw saftey by using his Sawstop technology.

In a petition to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Gass is suggesting that they require the Sawstop emergency brake on all table saws sold in the US. This in a sense would create a monopoly for his company as his wide ranging patent would not allow others to make such a device. Of course the table saw industry is against having this mandated and the opinion of woodworkers is varied.

In an article from hardwoodfloorsmag.com the sites editors wrote:

Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central

“Safe sawing? That’s like wearing condoms on your hands when everybody knows woodworking feels best bareback.”

That’s how Comedy Central’s ribald political pundit Stephen Colbert characterized the ongoing debate over the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s controversial proposed overhaul of table saw safety standards. Colbert’s window on the issue was his recurring “People Destroying America” segment, and his target this time was “finger hugger” Stephen Gass, inventor of SawStop.

To read the full article click here.

In the table saw safety clip from The Colbert Report shown below one of the woodworkers states “I have the right to cut my own finger off on my table saw if I want to”

While I think the the technology discussed in the table saw safety parody on comedy central is a great step in table saw safety, I do not agree with the government telling us that we have to have it, what are your thoughts? If you would like to find out more about the Sawstop table saw shown above click here.

Update February 24, 2012:
The Consumer Products Safety Commission has extended the deadline for public comment on the issue of table saw safety, here is more from Woodworker’s Journal.

As they ponder whether new safety standards are needed for table saws, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has extended the time frame available for public comments on the issue. You now have until March 16, 2012 to share your opinion with the CPSC on “the risk of injury associated with table saw blade contact, regulatory alternatives, other possible means to address this risk, and other topics or issues.” (The extension of the public comments period comes at the request of the Power Tool Institute, Inc.)

Read the full article here.

You will have to hurry if you want to have your opinions about table saw safety taken into account in the upcoming new standard the CPSC is thinking about implementing.

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Thickness Planer Uses For the Aspiring Woodworker

The thickness planer is a tool that not every woodworker has in their shop. This machine has many uses and once you have one you will find it indispensable. You can use a planer to make parallel smooth surfaces on a board. The thickness planer can quickly thin a board down to the size you want. You can take used lumber and re-surface it so that it can be reclaimed and reused.

This article from BobVila.com discusses many of these uses as well as others.

Why Every DIYer Needs a Thickness Planerthickness planer uses for the aspiring woodworker

Read any fine woodworking handbook or magazine, and it’ll extol the virtues of the thickness planer as a way to thicken wood stock so that it possesses an even height throughout its length. They’ll note that it does not flatten stock nor remove the natural warping or twisting along its length—that’s the job of the jointer. This means two things: that the consistent thickness allows you to have perfectly matched, airtight joints across a project, and that you canBobVila.com

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As you can see there are many uses for a thickness planer and every woodworker needs one in their power tool arsenal. You will find that it will make your projects easier to complete once you have one in your workshop!

If you like more information and thickness planer reviews, click here for amazon.com or Rockler Woodworking & Hardware as they both have a wide selection available at great prices.

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