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Getting Started in Woodturning


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Table of Contents


Section 1: Getting Started

Advice for Beginning Turners
Shopping for Your First Lathe
Turning and Aligning Your Lathe
Learn to Sharpen All Your Turning Tools
Sharpening Jigs
Are You Wearing the Right Faceshield
Collect Dust at the Lathe
Safety Checklist

Section 2: The Tools

Choosing the Right Driving Centers
Sweet and Simple Chucking Strategies
Mastering the Four-Jaw Scroll Chuck
What Speed is the Best?
Get a Good Start with Lathe and Turning Tools
Your First Bowl Gouge
A Guide to Gouges
Spindle Roughing Gouge
Getting the Most from Scrapers
Using the Point Tool
Carbide Cutters
Humanizing the Skew Chisel
Parting Tool
Bandsaw: Safe Setup and Operations
Bandsaw: Safe Practices with Green Wood
Grinder Wheels

Section 3: The Techniques & Tips

Wood: Kiln-Dried, Green, or Air Dried
Twenty Ways NOT to Turn a Bowl
The Complete Spindle Turner
Twenty Ways to Master Spindle Turning
Quick Guide for Avoiding Catches
How to Avoid a Catch
Good Grip: Feel the Wood through the Tool
Sandpaper: The Nitty Gritty
Guide to Finishing
Food Safe Finishing
Nice Turner's Finish Last

Section 4: The Projects

The Honey Dipper is a Classic First Project
Egg Cup Introduces End-Grain Hollowing
Letter Opener: A Skill Builder that Makes a Great Gift
Basic Wooden Bowl
Out of a Limb: Natural Edged Bowls
Ring Holders Make Great Gifts
Classy Clocks
Turning Offset Handles Simplified
Pepper Mill: It's a New Grind
Scoop for Ice Cream
Napkins Rings
Salt and Pepper Shakers
Turning the Finger-Snap Top
Pen with a Wooden Grip
Holiday Tree Topper: Turn Something Special
Colorful Christmas Lights
Two-Part Goblet: Tenon Connects Bowl to Stern
Door Knob Upgrade

About the Author

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide. The AAW provides opportunities for education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood while and is focused on establishing lathe-turned work as a major element in the art and craft world. Established in 1986, AAW has thousands of members and a network of local chapters globally, representing professionals, amateurs, gallery owners, collectors, and wood/tool suppliers. The official journal of the AAW is American Woodturner, the leading publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. A wellspring of practical information, inspiration, and resources, American Woodturner is published six times each year and is one of the premier benefits of membership.

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