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Nationally Known Turners

The following web videos are of specific value for beginning and novice woodturners. Where applicable, the run time of each video is listed in parentheses.

Getting started

  • Selecting a wood lathe. (8:49)
  • Brendan Stemp’s choosing a wood lathe (21:40)
  • Anatomy of a wood lathe. AAW video by Lauren Zenreich (5:59)
  • How to get started in woodturning. Shows the components of a small and large lathe and demonstrates some basic turning.  (20:51)
  • Another video on how to get started in woodturning. Focusing on choosing a lathe based on what you intend to turn, how to hold wood to the lathe, and some basic tools and equipment you need to get started. (23:02)
  • Tool rest adjustments. What’s the correct height and position for various tasks at the lathe. (15:16)

Turning safety and dust control

Tool sharpening

Holding wood blanks on your lathe

  • Ways to mount wood on the lathe without using a scroll chuck. Part 1  (16:08) and Part 2 (15:37)
  • Techniques for using a faceplate to attach wood to your lathe.  (19:51)
  • Using scroll chucks and jaws to attach wood to your lathe (14:17)
  • How to create a tenon on your blank for your scroll chuck to grasp. (22:46)

  Tool selection and uses

  • Woodturning tool identification (18:48)
  • Mike Waldt’s thoughts regarding tool selection when you start out with woodturning  (13:36)
  • Sam Angelo’s must-have tools for woodturning (10:30)
  • Basics on tool sharpening for beginning woodturners  (11:17)
  • Beginners guide to the spindle roughing gouge  (14:52)
  • Beginners guide to the spindle gouge including the basic use of the spindle gouge, how to present it to the work, and how to avoid catches.  (14:11)
  • How a detail gouge is sharpened and how it is used to create coves, beads, and other details.  (14:30)
  • Parting tools can be used to “part” wood but also to create beads and turn other details. (20:58)
  • Information about scrapers (19:13) and an explanation of the negative-rake scraper (15:24)
  • The basics of the skew chisel (25:02)

 Basic cuts and practice methods

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