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Teds Woodworking Review

by Ellen Thomas (2019-06-04)

Sharpen and lay out the tools for the job. Set Teds woodworking callipers to slightly over the relevant finished diameters to allow for small errors and sanding. Lay them out in order so they don't get mixed up. You might label the callipers to correspond to the positions on the marking strip. But unless a dimension is critical, you will find after the first one or two items that you don't need the callipers any more.Use a parting tool to block out the beads. With a little practice you will have the confidence to set the width and depth by eye. Cut in on both sides of the marked line. The parting cuts locate the bead and make clearance for the gouge or skew. Turn the beads, then the coves, then clean up the fillets. Try to set the width of any fillets and the depth of coves by eye. Aim to get all fillets on an item of equal width, and all coves and beads properly shaped. If they are properly shaped, the finished dimensions should come out right each time. Pay particular attention to the shape of large coves and beads and sweeping curves.A woodturner will always try to use the most interesting and beautiful hardwood varieties for making wooden bowls. Some of the best turning timber cannot be bought, it has to be found.Look out for timber with burrs or spalting, which can make specially attractive pieces. Burrs are the twiggy, lumpy growths sometimes found on the side of a tree. The wood here has very small, tightly packed knots, giving a very striking and complex figure, though very often with small cracks and fissures.