Your Help Requested - AAW Special Interest Night

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Rob Wallace, May 26, 2012.

  1. At the upcoming “Special Interest Night†(SIN) at the San Jose AAW Symposium I will be moderating one of the Friday evening SIN sessions “Woodturner’s Gizmos and Gadgets†which will highlight various jigs, specialized tools, repurposed items, and creative solutions developed by woodturners. I first moderated this session last year in St. Paul, and we had over 150 meeting attendees at this session!! I agreed to hold another similar SIN session this year at the 2012 AAW Symposium.

    This SIN activity is essentially a specialized “Show and Tell†session for the exchange of ideas on how woodturners have solved problems through creative tinkering, repurposing items, and development of practical solutions to common woodturning problems. I know that for many woodturning clubs where Show and Tell is a part of the typical meeting, this is often a popular and well-received activity. I certainly enjoy it as one of my favorite meeting activities, and have benefited from participating in it too! These kinds of items also evoke a high level of interest on Internet forums as well.

    For those who are planning on attending the Symposium and can bring their ‘gizmo’ or ‘gadget’ item with them to show, they would get about 2-3 minutes to present their item to the group, explain how it works, give some idea about how it was made, and from what items. If others have an interest in contributing to this SIN discussion but can’t bring the actual item to show, I can generate a few Powerpoint slides in advance of the activity for you to present the item or idea to the group if images of the item can be sent to me as e-mail attachments in advance. Contact me if you are able to make a presentation!

    For those that can’t attend the Symposium this year, you can still participate in this SIN activity by sending images of your “gizmo†to me, and I will include it along with an explanation in the presentation with attribution to you, and including your contact information for those that might want to ask questions. Prior to the St. Paul Symposium last year, several turners sent images of their items to me with brief explanations, and it worked out really well!! This would allow many members to contribute and participate in the symposium, even if only for a few minutes, and would contribute to the goal of sharing practical woodturning information and ideas. My hope is that participants in the ‘Gizmos and Gadgets’ activity will come away from this SIN session with lots of ideas they can take home and try themselves, and tell others about them at their Chapter meetings or in Chapter newsletters.

    If you have great woodturning gizmo or gadget ideas that you would like to share with fellow woodturners, I’ll ask that you please send images to me as attachments to an e-mail message at rwallace@iastate.edu along with a brief explanation of what it does and how it is made. I will include it in the presentation. If you will be attending the SIN “Gizmos and Gadgetsâ€activity on Friday evening at the Symposium and would like to show or speak about your item, please contact me to be added to the program. I will need to receive all contributions by MONDAY, June 4th by 9:00 pm CDT at the latest.

    BTW – Because they were not included in the last American Woodturner issue, I will invite Symposium attendees to my two rotations on “Designing a Safe and Efficient Woodturning Workstation†– held on Friday at 2:00 pm (Room A2) and again on Saturday at 8:00 am (Room B2).

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    Rob Wallace
     
  2. odie

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    I won't be attending the symposium, but I hope someone will make a video of these presentations..........:D

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  3. odie

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    Hello Rob and forum participants.........

    I'll be attempting to email you these pictures and script copy......but, I thought I'd show this on the forum while I'm at it! :D

    These two modifications I've done to the Oneway bowl steady have been in use for a couple of years now. They have been of value to me in my turning efforts.

    First picture shows that I have cut the post down to the necessary height for use on my 16" swing Australian Woodfast lathe. The excess just gets in the way, and not needed. I've cut a piece of PVC pipe to slip over the post. This allows me to install the wheels at the correct centered height without the need to fine tune that adjustment every time I set up the bowl steady......it's convenient, and it works perfectly for this purpose. A strategically placed hose clamp would probably do the same thing, but this is the way I've done it.......

    The second photograph shows the bowl steady set up for a large 14" maple burl platter that is on my lathe right now. You'll notice that I've made a modification, extending the scissor arms out a little distance. On the end of that extension, I've installed a coil spring. The tension of the spring is applied to the wheels, allowing for the wheels to have a small amount of give and take, depending on how much the bowl, or platter warps during the final shaping. (It nearly always does!) Without this modification, the wheels applied to the spinning bowl gives uneven pressure to the bowl, depending on the amount of warp there is. I've found that the spring gives the wheels a more evenly distributed pressure against the bowl as it's being turned.......a very good thing, if you know what I mean! (It just adds a little more tool control at the time when finish cuts are made.) Sometimes, the spring pressure isn't needed at all, because the rubber in the wheels have a certain amount of resiliency that can be used to the same effect. In the case of the latter, the wheel scissors can be locked down solidly by the usual method, thus allowing the rubber in the wheels to accomplish the same thing. Using the rubber for this purpose can only be used effectively when the warp is very minimal.....and, likewise for my spring modification, because the warp in some bowls can exceed any usefulness of the Oneway bowl steady altogether......

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    The "semi" steady, eh? It should dampen vibration, I suppose. Of course, so would the full steady. In addition, a full steady would keep the walls of uniform thickness, because the wood couldn't squirm away as you cut. Neither, it would seem, could keep things circular after the bowl is removed. It goes as it knows....
     
  5. odie

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    Heh,heh,heh......typical comment from MM! :D

    Just thought I'd show you my "full" steady rest from the Spin Doctor.......just to let you know I have some "hands on" experience with both types of bowl steadys..........

    If you want to believe the Oneway "semi" bowl steady, or the spring modification doesn't work, that's certainly your prerogative, MM. My guess is you haven't tried the modification, and may not own a Oneway bowl steady at all. Often enough, your comments are based on a limited amount of specific experience with the subject, added to some mis-applied theory. This is not to acknowledge that you do have quite a lot of knowledge about woodturning, and you have given advice and tips that I have personally gained from.....thank you. However, many of your comments seem to originate from the the perspective that if it's not the way you think, or do......it is inferior to your methods, and can't possibly work. This is one thing I grapple with myself, but I suppose age has given me the benefit of a reasoning capability I didn't have earlier in my life.......I fully understand that other people do things differently than I do, and the real test of the value of differing opinions......is, in the results they are getting......not from the words they speak.

    I'd have to agree that a "full" steady has it's applications, and there are certainly times where it's benefit exceeds the Oneway. My "Spin Doctor" is indispensable for some things, but at other times, the Oneway does everything the Spin Doctor can do. There is one thing the Oneway bowl steady can do, that my full steady rest can't do......and that is having the ability to accept the spring modification......that's too bad, because this little modification has value in a specific application.

    The full steady rest is also totally useless for exterior turning...........:mad:

    If you are open to any constructive criticism, MM........why not tell us about what works for you, instead of telling us what won't work for others?......and, then submit your ideas to Rob.....;)

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  6. THANK-YOU!! - Still looking for a few more....

    I have received several images of interesting gizmos and gadgets, but could use a few more.....

    ...if you have a great item that you have developed and would like to participate in the Special Interest Night activity, please send an image or two with an explanation to: rwallace@iastate.edu .

    Thanks! ....and for those of you going to the Symposium - see you in San Jose!

    Rob
     

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