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  • AW Extra 1/31/13 - Turned Lidded Box

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Turned Lidded Box A Precision Fit Lid that Snaps Shut By Alan Lacer Of all the different forms of woodturning, I find the most delight in creating lidded boxes. The satisfying snap of a well fit lid as it closes, the beauty of the shape and the wood combined...
  • AW Extra 10/4/12 - Wooden Plate

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    Turning Plates Got an offcut from a beautifully figured board? Turn it into a plate! Standard 3⁄4-in. wood and a shop-made chuck are all you need. By Steve Blenk The trick is to figure out how to hold such a thin piece of wood on the lathe. It’s...
  • AW Extra 4/4/13 - Turning a Green Wood Bowl

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 30, 2009
    Turning a Green Wood Bowl By Alan Lacer Making a functional object directly from raw material in its natural state is incredibly satisfying. Just ask any potter. For woodworkers, green woodturning captures that feeling. You literally start with a log...
  • Turn a Classic Wooden Bat

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 9, 2009
    Turn a Classic Wooden Bat Learn how to beat the chatter. By Alan Lacer The crack of a baseball against a wooden bat is a wonderful sound seldom heard today. Too often it’s been replaced by the metallic “clink” of an aluminum bat. Baseball...
  • Wooden Cowboy Hat

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 14, 2011
    Wooden Cowboy Hat A Texas turner travels "down under" to find the perfect chapeau. By Ray Lanham From the time I turned my first bowl over 40 years ago I’ve been captivated by the spiritual nature of creating art on the lathe. I met many...
  • Turning Wood: Wooden Plates

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 9, 2011
    Turning Wood: Wooden Plates Beautiful tableware from scrap boards. By Alan Lacer One of my woodworking friends defines offcuts as boards that are too short to be useful, but too good to throw away. That explains why he always has a big stack of unused...
  • Turning Table Legs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 24, 2011
    Turning Table Legs By Alan Lacer Turning four table legs that match may sound impossible, but it’s not. With these tried and true tips, and a little practice, you can successfully turn even the largest legs. And these same techniques apply when...
  • Turned Knobs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 6, 2011
    Turned Knobs Dress up your furniture with custom knobs. By Alan Lacer Why would you ever make your own knobs when you can buy them for less than a buck? I can think of several reasons—limited choices of wood, for example. Many knobs are only available...
  • Turn a Classic Wooden Bat

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 10, 2011
    Turn a Classic Wooden Bat Learn How to Beat the Chatter By Alan Lacer The crack of a baseball against a wooden bat is a wonderful sound seldom heard today. Too often it’s been replaced by the metallic “clink” of an aluminum bat. Baseball...
  • Turned Lidded Box

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, November 4, 2011
    Turned Lidded Box A Precision Fit Lid that Snaps Shut By Alan Lacer Of all the different forms of woodturning, I find the most delight in creating lidded boxes. The satisfying snap of a well fit lid as it closes, the beauty of the shape and the wood combined...
  • Christmas Ornament

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 29, 2011
    Christmas Ornament By Steve Blenk Capture the fleeting beauty of melting icicles by turning a hollow ball and two small spindles into a beautiful Christmas tree ornament. This project requires a fair amount of turning experience. If you’re patient...
  • Ice Cream Scoop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Ice Cream Scoop Create a soda-shop classic. By Alan Lacer In simpler days, soda jerks quickly and efficiently dished perfect servings of ice cream with sturdy wooden-handled scoops. Today, if you have a little turning skill, a small block of wood, and...
  • Tim’s Rolling Pins

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 2, 2014
    Tim’s Rolling Pins Even an ordinary kitchen tool can be beautiful. By Tim Heil If you're looking for an easy-to-make gift for someone who loves to cook, here it is: a custom-made rolling pin. There’s something about this humble tool that...
  • AW Extra 7/26/12 - Shaker Stand

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    Shaker Stand By Tim Johnson Though it looks modern, the original version of this three-legged stand was built almost two hundred years ago in a Shaker community. Simple, purposeful and elegant, this stand is an outstanding example of Shaker design. Like...