Power Tool Woodworking

Category: Power Tool Woodworking

The Normite section of my blog, some times I just want to play and talk about the big tools.

Turning A Burnisher Handle

April 5, 2017

On Sunday I knocked out another one of my long overdue projects. The Handle for my burnisher, was poorly designed, so I finally replace it with one that feels better in my hand. I made the handle from 100+ year old apple that had been harvested from a Michigan orchard. As I mention in the video, I’m not a very experience turner, if you want to learn turning please see the links below.

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Shop improvements winter 2017

February 2, 2017

I don’t know what it is, but every winter between Christmas and Valentines day my shop time always seems to go to almost zero. It’s like a perfect storm of ┬áholiday gatherings, office parties, and family visits. This year I embraced the storm and decided to try and knock out several of the little shop improvement projects that always seem to get put off the rest of the year.

After my last big project, I decided it was time to finally address the issues with my carriage stop. Originally I planed to use thumb screws ┬áto secure everything, but as I mentioned in the last video of the series, they didn’t provide enough clamping force. Since I was in a hurry to press the stop into service, I used set screws and a bolt instead. While this worked fine, it meant I always had to have an Allen key and wrench close by. So, shorty after Christmas I ordered some adjustable handles and modified them to fit the stop.

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Oil stone boxes

January 1, 2017

My father has had an extensive cooking knife collection for a long time, but for some reason he never purchased any sharpening stones. I thought some Arkansas stones would make an excellent Christmas gift this year, so I ordered him 3, soft, hard, & black. The stones were excellent, but the boxes they came in were less than desirable, so I decided to make some more appropriate ones.
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Making a turning tool rack

July 27, 2016

After the honeymoon and vacation it took a little time to get back into the swing of thing, but I’m finally back in the grove and knocking out projects. This project was a quick one to help store & organize my new turning tools.


Benjamins Best review

June 6, 2016

I’ve been very busy lately with the wedding and everything surrounding it, but I’ve still been able to squeeze in a little shop time here and there. Not wanting to start a large project, I’ve just been practicing with a set of turning tools I purchased. Since I’ve spent a decent amount of time using them, I thought now might be a good time to review them.

Shortly before I finished my bench grinder project, I ordered this Benjamins Best 8 piece set to practice grinding and turning with. I haven’t used HSS turning tools regularly in almost two decades, and the last time I did, I didn’t sharpen them myself (thanks dad). Thus I thought it would be prudent to learn to grind using an $80 set, instead of on individual tools that cost $100+.

The set & it's case.

The set & it’s case.

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