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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Bench Dog Router Table Review

Bench Dog Router Table Review

Bench Dog Router Table Review
Bench Dog ProMaxRT 40-300 Router Table

Matt Vanderlist of Matt’s Basement Workshop and Gerry Barnaby got together on ToolSelect.com for a Bench Dog router table review. In the video posted below they discuss the top of the line model 40-300 Promax-RT cast iron router table which includes the fence and cabinet.

This router table has a cast iron top which comes in at nearly 100 lbs. The top measures a massive 32″ x 24″ and is 1-1/4″ thick and is ground to be flat withing .008″.  The included cabinet is made from high grade Baltic birch ply. Also included is the Bench Dog 32″ ProFence along with a heavy duty router plate with options to fit a number of different routers.

Bench Dog Router Table Review

For more tool reviews go to ToolSELECT.com

While the price is not cheap Bench Dog has created a great value in  the 40-300 Promax-RT cast iron router table/fence/cabinet combo. In addition I found the video review that Matt & Barnaby did was very informative. You can find out more about this Bench Dog router table package at Amazon.com.

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Analyzing Bandsaw Blade Squeal

Matthias Wandel of woodgears.ca does a great job analyzing bandsaw blade squeal in this video found on youtube. If you are wondering why your band saw is making that noise, this video will show you and help you decide what type of blade can help prevent the noise.

Analyzing Bandsaw Blade Squeal

He certainly put a lot of time and effort into preparing for the video. I loved the model blade he made and learned much from his video analyzing bandsaw blade squeal.

If you would like to learn more about band saw blade squeal or how to tune your band saw for better operation check out The Bandsaw Book by Lonnie Bird. I have it and find it a great reference whenever I have a question about all things bandsaw!

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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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Andy Rooney's Woodworking Tools In Estate Sale

Andy Rooney’s Woodworking Tools Sold In Estate Sale

The late Andy Rooney’s woodworking tools were being sold in an estate sale at his home in Rowayton, CT over the weekend. Rooney an avid woodworker had a basement workshop where he enjoyed creating furniture and other wood crafts. His woodworking tools included equipment given to him by Arthur Godfrey in the 1950’s. He was not a fan of modern equipment preferring what would be referred to as antique woodworking tools by many.

Nancy Guenther Chapman wrote in The Daily Westport that cars lined the streets and the home was crowded with buyers.

Andy Rooney’s Woodworking Tools Sold In Estate Sale

Andy Rooney's Woodworking Tools In Estate Sale
The late journalist and TV commentator Andy Rooney's woodworking tools sold in estate sale in CT. Photo Credit: Nancy Guenther Chapman

…The other side is home to things such as the woodworking equipment given to Rooney in 1956 by Arthur Godfrey. The equipment was described as “every man’s dream in the ’50s” by Bud Dickey, a Maine resident who had gone through Rooney’s collection of woodworking tools and unfinished projects in preparation for the sale.

Men browsed. “Who would have ever thought he plays around with wood?” one asked.

“That’s a nice piece of mahogany,” said another.

“I didn’t know he had died,” one said. “I didn’t know this was his house.”

“I didn’t either,” another replied. “I always thought he’d be on the water.”

“Guys that got it, they don’t need to prove it to anybody else,” said Dickey, who added that the late wordsmith was a “killer woodworker.”

“I’ve been down here for weeks,” he said. “You can see the early works, when he slopped the glue, and then he got better and better. I could see when he was practicing his joinery and then finally he could make a really good dovetail. You can find it upstairs, a nice box he made that a professional guy couldn’t have done it better.”

Read the original article at www.thedailywestport.com

A view of Andy Rooney's workshop photo by Meg Barone / Westport News freelance
A view of Andy Rooney's workshop shows some of the wood and woodworking tools being sold in the estate sale. Photo posted at http://www.ctpost.com by Meg Barone / Westport News freelance

Rooney had a love for wood, he once wrote in American Woodworker magazine “I own boards that I would rather have hanging on my living room wall than a Rembrandt painting”. His workshop included many boards and tools which generated a lot of interest at the sale.

Andy Rooney’s woodworking tools sold in the estate sale may not be the most modern but may be of interest to collectors. The estate sale which includes the woodworking equipment in Mr. Rooney’s workshop continues thru March 5th.

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