Woodworker's guide to turning: Straight talk for today's woodworker (Back to Basics (Fox Chapel Publishing))

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A no nonsense guide to turning wood on a lathe. People are drawn to the woodturning lathe because it is the quickest way to go from raw wood to a finished object. Most projects can be finished in an afternoon and many can be completed in less than an hour. Unlike most woodworking machines, the lathe grips and whirls the wood while the woodworker attacks it with a hand held chisel or gouge. This makes the chips and shavings fly into the air as the blank takes on its new shape. This is also what makes woodturning so much fun: simple machines, easy skills to learn, fast results. This book provides readers with the distilled, accessible content that they need to get right to work, as well as some highly detailed illustrations and a great number of pictures.

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WOODWORKER'S GUIDE TO TURNING, edited by John Kelsey, is the most recent book from Fox Chapel Publishing's Back to Basics Series, which makes learning to turn easy and fast. It introduces the reader to the lathe and explains machine setup and how to use turning tools. It teaches spindle and faceplate turning with projects for making a goblet, lidded box, laminated plate, table top and more. It's suited for the beginner who doesn't want to get bogged down with too much information and the experienced craftsmen who needs a handy reference tool by their side.

Wood turning is such a pleasure and a satisfying art. Some think that it is easy to just remove the wood that you don't need to bring out what you want. Contrary to some, turning is a very safe art if of course, safe practices are employed. The satisfaction comes as you become more adept and that plain old block of wood takes shape. This book is one excellent way to get started turning. The publishers have put this excellent book together for the beginning wood turner. The book is written by turners Betty Scarpino, John Jordan and Bonnie Klein. The first chapter, Setting Up, tells you just about all there is to know about the wood lathe and its component parts. Sharpening the various tools has most of the basics covered nicely and there are some nice tips to make the job a little easier. Spindle turning is well covered with great color photography. The authors take us into a little more detail by showing us reeding and fluting and some other decorative skills. Faceplate turning is well covered and the final chapter will test your newly learned skills with some projects like a lidded box, a laminated plate, a beautiful goblet and more. This is an excellent book that should be read by anyone wanting to learn the art of wood turning.

'it's interesting to see that there is a turning book out there aimed specifically at the woodworker.'

'Woodworker's Guide to Turning is nicely set out with good content '

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The world is complicated enough...your woodworking information shouldn't be. Get the straight talk about turning wood, including: *How to choose the right lathe, tools, and accessories *Safety precautions and tips to reduce mishaps Choosing a sharpening method and developing the proper technique *Spindle turning, from the basics to advanced decorative cuts *Mastering the traditional shapes and profiles of faceplace turning *Project ideas and how-to for off-center turning, end-grain turning, and veneers

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