Christmas Gifts 2012

January 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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This Christmas I decided to make gifts for my co-workers who have leadership or support roles in the Facilities Services department of the Lee’s Summit School District. This was my way of showing them that I really appreciate the professionalism and camaraderie they display daily. For me, I get the pleasure of making the item and then in seeing friends receive a handmade one-of-kind gift. This year it took about 9 months to complete the 20 segmented turning.

What a great group of individuals to work with!

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Gifts Christmas 2012

Instructions on How to Create an 8 Point Star

January 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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The following instructions can be used with the video produced for this project so that the reader can learn how to create a medallion for the base or bottom of their segmented bowls. View the video, down load and print the instructions so that you can build the medallion. Good luck and be safe in the shop!

Click on the link below:
8 Point Star Instructions

15: How to Construct the 8 Point Star Medallion

This video will demo the highlights of how to construct an 8 Point Star medallion for the bottom of your segmented bowl.

2012 Kansas City Tool Show

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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This year’s woodworking tool show was again held at the Overland Park International Trade Convention Center January 28-30,2012.  The show was fairly well attended and the Lee’s Summit Woodworkers Guild was well represented with many of its members bringing in some of the finest projects for display.  In addition to the guild display the Tool Show and Bosch Tools sponsored the “Show Off Project” contest.  For the third consecutive year I entered a project for judging by the show’s attendees.  I’m happy to report that Tyler’s Tool Cabinet came in first place but the competition was tough.  I would like to thank those who took the time to vote for their favorite project! Read more

Jesus Bowls

January 22, 2012 by · 3 Comments
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My good friend Kyle Gorrell started making segmented bowls a couple of years ago in my shop.  He now has his own shop and is creating beautiful objects.  The Jesus bowls were Christmas gifts made for his mother and sister.  He has one bowl to finish for his collection.  I believe there are 107 pieces of wood in each bowl.  The other bowls shown were is first segmented bowls.   His work is of his own design. 

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Tyler’s (Krenov Inspired) Tool Cabinet

June 28, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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Tyler's Tool Cabinet
Tyler’s (Krenov Inspired) Tool Cabinet
Project completed on June 5, 2011

  • Constructed for 5 year old grandson
  • Casework Material Walnut
  • Casework Stand and Exterior Door Frame Material Ash
  • Interior Doors and Draw Fronts Material Spalted Maple
  • Completion Hours 280

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Alan Lacer’s Woodturning Demo in Kansas City, Missouri

May 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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About 20 woodturners attended an excellent seminar by Alan Lacer sponsored by the Northland Woodturners Club on Saturday, April 30, 2011.  Alan is an outstanding teacher, demonstrator and accomplished woodworker.  He took time to answer all questions thrown at him and gave good empirical answers based on his personal experience.  Alan’s skill with the skew would be difficult to match.  His PG humor and wit was pleasurable.   The topics discussed include metallurgy, finishes, tool selection and skill development through various projects and exercises.  One would think that after 8 hours of lecture, demonstration and Q&A you’d be ready to escape to the beautiful sunshine we had that Saturday, but the time seemed to pass quickly.  Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the second day of the hands-on seminar.

I can strongly recommend Alan, if you are thinking about attending a woodturning seminar.   Great job Alan!

Tyler’s Tool Cabinet Update May 1, 2011

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I thought readers would be interested in seeing the latest photos of the tool cabinet I’ve designed and is under construction for my 5 year-old grandson.  If he doesn’t become a woodworker, it can be used as an armoire.  I have almost 200 hours in construction.  This is my first attempt to make hand-cut dovetails.  The cabinet has a total of 12 drawers and I have only 4 completed.  I’m happy to report that the fourth drawer turned out better than the first with regards to joint fit.  All the joints are functional but not as attractive as they could be.  Practice, practice and more practice is needed.  I’m following Rob Cossman’s technique for making the joint.

The basic design is a chest-on-stand (James Krenvon inspired) with a touch of Green and Green with a comtempory cornice.  No real style but it seems to work.  Let me know your thoughts about the design.  I’m working form my own sketches so let me know if you would like a copy and I’ll email them to you.

Thanks for visiting our website and please leave a comment.  God Bless!

Kansas City Woodworking Tool Show Highlights

February 3, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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The DIY Tool Show in Kansas City, really Overland Park Kansas, as always was well attended although several of our guild members thought it was not as well attended as years past.   Even with that said, it is always good to see so many interested in learning  from experts on how they do a certain woodworking process or techniques.  This was my first year for doing a demo on How To Cut the Staves for a segmented bowl.   Thanks to Larry Bowden of ITSI for allowing me to use one of his SawStops for my demonstrations.  The saw performed beautifully and I hope to someday own one.   Several people thanked me for showing the staved bowl making process. Read more

Segmented Stave Bowl Table Saw Sled

January 31, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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Table Saw Sled Construction (Double click on The Table Saw Sled Construction to see how to make the sled).

Thanks to all who took the time to view the demo on ‘How to Cut Bowl Staves” at the DIY Woodworking Tool Show in Kansas City.  A special thanks goes to Larry Bowden for allowing me to use their SawStop for my demo.  Many of you wanted me to post photos with dimensions of the sled (gig and fixture) I used for the demo.  Don’t hesitate to write or call me if you have any questions or problems with your segmented bowl making.  Read more

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