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The Frugal Woodturner: Make and Modify All the Tools and Equipment You Needby Ernie Conover
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Spend Less and Have More Fun Turning To enjoy woodturning, you don't have to spend a lot of money. You don't need a lot of space or a lot of wood, and you can make and modify your own turning equipment from easily found or low-cost items. And, now, thanks to author and teacher Ernie Conover, you can discover all the practical and savvy knowledge you need to affordably set up a workshop and enjoy woodturning on a budget. With The Frugal Woodturner, you'll learn how to: - Choose the right lathe - Find good tools without breaking the bank - Be smart about sharpening - Set up a shop on three different budgets - Make your own finishes and varnish - Use greenwood, firewood, and discarded lumber Best of all, by being a frugal woodturner and crafting your own tools and equipment, you'll get a deeper understanding of-and have as much fun as-the process of turning itself.
Book News Annotation:
The overriding idea here is that woodturning is actually affordable. The cost of lathes, tools, and accessories has made the pastime seem expensive but Conover proves it need not be. A longtime author of woodworking books and a teacher at Conover Workshops, a craft school founded by his family, he compares woodturning with many other lost arts and proposes, through this book, that it needn't be lost to commercialism. He shows you how to set up an affordable workshop (three different budgets offered), have woodturning fun on a budget and how to do so with greenwood, firewood, and discarded lumber. Along the way, the craftsman achieves a heightened appreciation of the process of turning itself. The marvelous, and large, color photos seem to bring the reader right up to Conover's work bench. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Filled with information on lathes, turning tools, and blades, this comprehensive guide covers all the elements needed for setting up and maintaining a personal woodturning shop. Providing the necessary knowledge for woodturning on a budget, this manual informs on where to find good deals and how-and when-to personally make repairs. Instructions on making accessories, sharpening tools, choosing a lathe, finding cheap wood, and setting up a turning shop at three different budget levels are also provided. Giving the aspiring turner options, this handy guide makes turning affordable for everyone. Author Bio: Ernie Conover is a professional woodworker and the author of The Lathe Book, The Router Table Book, Turn a Bowl, Turning for Furniture, and Woodworker's Guide to Dovetails. He teaches and provides academic oversight at Conover Workshops, a craft school founded by the Conover family. He lives in Parkman, Ohio.
Learn To Turn On a Budget Saving money is on everyone's mind these days, including that of author and teacher Ernie Conover, who shares his knowledge of setting up and maintaining a personal woodturning shop affordably. The Frugal Woodturner, is a comprehensive guide, covering everything you need to know from buying a new or used lathe, how to make your own pole or modern lathe, detailed information on turning tools, making accessories, and sharpening tools. There is also a section devoted to turning, with useful tips on which woods to use, and how to turn greenwood, firewood, and discarded lumber. Conover's tips for making your own vs. buying lathes and tools are priceless bits of information you could only get from a seasoned woodturner. His breakdown of getting started at three different budget levels, is must-have information for all aspiring woodturners.
This comprehensive guide covers all the elements needed for setting up and maintaining a personal woodturning shop without breaking your budget. Providing the necessary knowledge for setting-up a woodturning shop at three different budget levels, this manual informs on how to choose the right lathe, find inexpensive wood, how to buy or make good tools and accessories, and setting up shop. This book gives woodturners options to enjoy the craft and do so affordably.
About the Author
Ernie Conover is a professional woodworker and the author of The Lathe Book, The Router Table Book, Turn a Bowl, Turning for Furniture, and Woodworker’s Guide to Dovetails. He teaches and provides academic oversight at Conover Workshops, a craft school that has taught thousands of students the craft of woodturning, founded by the Conover family.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Choosing the right lathe *Lathe types, small to large *A brief history of the lathe *Saving money: Making your own spring pole lathe *Sizing up a lathe, new or used *Saving money: Building a shopmade lathe stand 2 Finding good tools without breaking the bank *The three families of turning tools *Tools for spindle and faceplate turning *A short course in steelmaking *Tools for spindle and faceplate work *Saving money: Grinding your own scrapers *Saving money: Make a chatter tool, and your own tool handles *Saving money: Making a scraper from a screwdriver *Measuring and marking tools *Finding good used tools *Tools you can't live without *A short lesson in heat-treating 3 Be smart about sharpening *The basics of grinding and honing *How to choose the right grinder and wheels *Using handy grinding jigs *Sharpening a spindle gouge *Sharpening a bowl gouge *Saving money: The Heiple Sharpening System *Honing: The final step to sharp tools *Whetstones and slipstones 4 Finding wood without spending lots of money *Finding free or cheap wood *Understanding wood movement *Spindles: Splitting and riving, then turning *Turning green bowls 5 Holding the wood on the lathe *Commercial chucks *Saving money: Making your own faceplate and steady rest *Making your own chucks *Saving money: Making a jam chuck and using it to turn a box *A typical bowl-turning session 6 Simple, inexpensive finishes *Build a durable finish with shellac *Saving money: Mix your own shellac *Polishing with carnauba wax *Safe oil finishes *Saving money: Making your own oil/varnish finish 7 Good woodturning setups for three budgets *Tight budget/basic setup *Medium budget/All-around setup *Large budget/Upscale setup Appendix 1: Schools and Programs of Study Index
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