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  • Handles for Turning Tools

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    Handles for Turning Tools Customize their fit for comfort and performance. By Alan Lacer Decades ago, woodturning tools came without handles, and turners would simply fashion their own. This makes perfect sense, because a handle that fi ts and feels “right”...
  • Turn a Green Wood Bowl

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 10, 2012
    Turn a Green Wood Bowl By Alan Lacer Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Making a functional object directly from raw material in its natural state is incredibly satisfying. Just ask any potter. For...
  • Turning Wood: Socket Chisel Handles

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, April 27, 2012
    Turning Wood: Socket Chisel Handles Here’s a 1-2-3 system for getting a perfect fit. By Tim Heil High-quality socket chisels— such as the Stanley Sweathearts and Lie- Nielsens—are making a big comeback. Why would these companies choose...
  • Skew Planing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    Skew Planing By Alan Lacer The skew is one of the most useful tools in the turner’s arsenal. This article will get you on the right path towards mastering this tricky but useful tool . A lot of us start out trying the skew without a clue as to how...
  • AW Extra 10/17/13 - Turning Table Legs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 15, 2013
    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...
  • AW Extra 10/24/13 - Turning Bocce Balls

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    Turning Bocce Balls By Alan Lacer Freehand turning of a near perfect wooden sphere without flat spots or bumps is a wonderful challenge for a turner.Whether it’s for croquet, furniture drawer knobs or simply as a decorative object, the wooden sphere...
  • AW Extra 11/28/13 - Bowl Gouge Sharpening

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, November 22, 2013
    Bowl Gouge Sharpening Do it by hand, just like you turn. By Alan Lacer How do you make a velvety smooth bowl with evenly thick walls and crisp details? Well, it’s not done by sanding the heck out of it. The secret is to use a bowl gouge that is...
  • AW Extra 12/12/13 - Reshaping the Skew Chisel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    Reshaping the Skew Chisel An alternate shape minimizes dig-ins. By Alan Lacer Years ago, an old professional spindle turner showed me a different way to sharpen a skew. When I tried it, I was sold. This modified grind is more versatile, friendlier and...