May 28

CBN grinding wheel review

CBN grinding wheel in the box - Dailey Woodworking

CBN grinding wheel in the box

This review has been almost three years in the making. Way back in June of 2014, I did a sharpening demo for our local turning club, the Western Mountain Woodturners Association. The demo day also happened to be my wife, Mary and my 26th wedding anniversary. I made some joke about it as I started the demo and didn’t think much more about it during the demo. However, it must have struck a chord with one of the members because about a week later a package arrived in the mail from D-Way Tools. Mary asked me what I had ordered and I promised her that I hadn’t ordered anything. Inside the box was the CBN sharpening wheel that you see pictured above. For those that don’t know, CBN stands for Cubic Boron Nitride (CBN).  I know, it doesn’t mean much to me either but I’m guessing that there is someone out there that will want to look it up and find out all about the process to make them. What really matters to me is whether the CBN wheel can sharpen my tools and does it last.

The wheel that was sent to me was an 8 inch x 1 1/2 inch, 180 grit CBN wheel with a flat face, it does not have the radius. In the package was also a bushing kit for my grinder. Why a bushing kit? If you’ve ever sharpened your tools on a grinder with friable (white, blue, brown, etc.) wheels and the whole grinder seems to be bouncing, most likely, the bouncing is caused by an out of balance wheel or wheels. There are, probably, a stack of nylon bushings to make the wheel fit the shaft of your grinder. The nylon bushings are a very poor way of fitting the wheel to the grinders’ shaft and unless the sharpening fairies are on your side when you install the friable wheel it’s going to be out of alignment. You can spend a lot of time using a balancing system or keep moving the wheel a fraction of an inch at a time to try and balance them or you can get a bushing kit like what can be ordered with the CBN wheel.

My sharpening set-up consists of an 8 inch slow speed grinder (1720 rpm), Oneway Wolverine Sharpening system with the Vari-Grind gig, a 60 grit friable white wheel and the 180 grit CBN wheel.

I installed the wheel on my grinder and started using it almost immediately and, because I turn for a living, the wheel has had a very good workout over the last three years. During that time, much of my sharpening has been done on this wheel. The wheel has stayed balanced and true. My tools don’t get as hot during sharpening as they used to on a friable wheel. There isn’t any appreciable wear to the wheel that I can see and, no, I didn’t check it out under a microscope. After each time at the grinder, my tools have a nice sharp edge to them and turn wood or acrylics with ease.

I will say that I’ve only ever sharpened high speed steel tools on the wheel because that’s what I own. So, I can’t say how the wheel would handle other steels or metals.

My conclusion on the CBN wheels is that I think the wheels are a worthwhile investment and I will be replacing the 60-grit friable wheel soon with an 80-grit CBN wheel and bushing kit.

 

I haven’t been endorsed, paid or even asked by any manufacturer or seller to do this review. 

 

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May 21

Beginners bowl turning class at Rockler

Participants in beginners bowl turning class at Rockler - Dailey Woodworking

Participants in beginners bowl turning class

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to teach another woodturning class at Rockler in S. Portland, Maine. In order to be transparent, I should say that Rockler has hired me to be a turning instructor at the S. Portland Store. Yesterday’s turning class was for beginners on bowl turning. Class sizes are capped at 4 students and that seems to be a good size. If someone had a question or seemed to be having a problem I could go right to them and they weren’t held up waiting for me. I think everyone had a good time, I know that I did, and went home with some new skills to work with.

If you are interested in classes and the class schedule you can check them out on Rockler’s site by clicking here. Just scroll down until you get to the Classes and Workshops section. You can also sign up for classes by clicking on the links on the page.

I believe my next classes are on June 17th – beginners bowl turning and June 24th – making a pepper mill. On July 1st I will be leading a class on making 3 piece ornaments. Be sure to sign up early because the classes fill up quite quickly.

Splated Maple and Apple Ornament - Dailey Woodworking

Spalted Maple and Apple Ornament

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May 08

Beginners turning class

Turning Class at Rockler's Store 33 in S. Portland, ME

Turning Class at Rockler’s Store 33 in S. Portland, ME

On Saturday May 6th I taught my first class at Rockler in South Portland, Maine.  We did a beginners class and went over several aspects of turning which included how to clean and set-up the lathe to make their turning more enjoyable each day. How to sharpen their turning tools using the One-way Wolverine system. Then learning the ABC’s of turning. Anchor, Bevel and finally Cut and finally how to make beads and coves using a fingernail spindle gouge.

I hope they had a good time and learned a little something from the day. I know that I enjoyed sharing the skills that I’ve learned over the last 17 years. If you are interested, my next class at Rockler will be on beginning bowl turning and it’s May 20th starting at 10am. You can learn more and sign up by clicking here and then scrolling down to the Classes and Workshop section.

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May 01

Casting Custom Alumilite Pen Blanks

In my last post there was a video showing the opening up and then the cutting of a block of custom poured Alumilite pen blanks. In today’s post I’m going to show how we made another block of custom pen blanks out of Alumilite. This block is a very dark blue and yellow Alumilite pour with some pearl and sparkle added. Being able to create my own custom colors of pen blanks has turned out to be a lot of fun. I still have a lot of learning to do on this subject and I already have a list of custom colors to make for people. Not to mention that I can see where this is going to be incorporated into other areas of my turning.

 

 

Custom made dark blue and yellow acrylic platinum Katahdin pen - Dailey Woodworking

Custom made dark blue and yellow acrylic platinum Katahdin pen

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Apr 24

Learned something new

Recently I learned how to create my own custom acrylic blanks and this video shows me opening up the form used, cutting the blanks and a finished pen from my first custom acrylic pour.

 

 

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Feb 27

A Journey: Transforming a log – Part 1

A Maple log in the snow - Dailey Woodworking

A Maple log in the snow

I get asked a lot of questions about what I do with a log. It might be how do you know where to get the best bowl from a log or what are you going to make from that log. So I’ve decided to take you on a little journey and show you all the things that I usually make from a log and how I turn those pieces once I’ve decided what to make.

In the picture above is a Maple log that is a little over 6 feet long and about 23 inches in diameter. The log was delivered to me late last fall but I didn’t get to it right away and paid the price because I had to dig the log out of the snow which was about 30 inches deep at the time of the picture. Normally a log is 8 to 10 feet long when I receive them but I had already cut off a section of the log and started turning bowls from it before I took the picture.

Using a chainsaw, I’m going to cross-cut the log into 4 smaller pieces and then start to work on it from there but that will be in upcoming posts. For now I will leave you with a picture of 3 smaller bowls taken from a larger outside bowl.

Cored out bowls from a section of the Maple log - Dailey Woodworking

Cored out bowls from a section of the Maple log

 

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Jan 20

New bowls and stoppers

Over the last week or more I’ve been busy in the shop turning and then adding new bowls and bottle stoppers to the Dailey Woodworking site and in my Etsy store.  I’ve also been working on some new designs and products that I hope you will like but more on that in another post. Today I’m going to show some of the new pieces that I’ve added to the sites.

Click on any of the images for more information.

First I’ll show you some of the bowls. Personally, I think they are cool but you be the judge.

Bowls

 

Small curly maple bowl with beautiful grain lines - Dailey Woodworking

Small curly maple bowl with beautiful grain lines

 

10 1/4 inch curly maple bowl - Dailey Woodworking

10 1/4 inch curly maple bowl

 

12 inch curly maple salad bowl - Dailey Woodworking

12 inch curly maple salad bowl

 

Natural edge Birch bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Natural edge Birch bowl

 

Natural edge Maple burl bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Natural edge Maple burl bowl

 

Natural edge Walnut bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Natural edge Walnut bowl

 

Bottle Stoppers

 

Natural Edge York Gum Burl Bottle Stopper

York Gum Burl Bottle Stopper with natural edge

 

Round top with natural edge York Gum Burl Stopper - Dailey Woodworking

Round top with natural edge York Gum Burl Stopper

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Jan 02

New natural edge bowl

New Natural Edge Curly Maple Wood Bowl, Candy Dish on Dailey Woodworking - Dailey Woodworking

New Natural Edge Curly Maple Wood Bowl, Candy Dish on Dailey Woodworking

 

I hope that everyone had a fine New Years eve and day. The bowl pictured above is the first new piece that I’ve added to my site in the new year.

The bowl was hand turned from Curly Maple and features a natural edge running all around the wooden bowl. The bowl is approximately 5 1/4 inches in diameter at the widest point.

This wooden bowl would be great as a small candy dish or for the person who likes to cook and has all of their dry ingredients out so that they can do a pinch of this or a pinch of that. The bowl could also be a ring dish or a place to store change.

However it’s used this Curly Maple bowl is going to look good doing it.

You can read more about the bowl here on Dailey Woodworking site or here in my Dailey Woodworking Etsy store.

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Jul 14

Day 21, 22 and 23 of my summer of turning

Dyed Purple Box Elder Burl Bottle Stopper - Dailey Woodworking

Dyed Purple Box Elder Burl Bottle Stopper

Day 21

On day 21 of my summer of turning, I was making a few different styles of bottle stoppers. I made some t-handle stoppers and the one pictured that features a stainless steel stopper. The top was turned from dyed purple Box Elder Burl and hopefully, I turned it into a pleasing shape. You can see some white spots on different parts of the top. Those white spots are where the burl wood was too dense to accept the dye and remained the natural color of the Box Elder Burl.

If you would like to learn more about this purple Box Elder Burl bottle stopper you can visit my Dailey Woodworking store on Etsy by clicking here.

 

Curly Maple Wooden Bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Curly Maple Wooden Bowl

Day 22

On day 22 I wanted to turn something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. I turn a small Curly Maple bowl, I know, not a big surprise there, right? However what I did on the outside is where I did the something that I’ve wanted to do. Starting near the rim I turned one bead after another until I reached the bottom. I think it gives the outside of the bowl a very cool effect. I can see where this is going to lead to more experimentation with beads along the outside, bigger beads, smaller beads and various size beads and spacing.

If you would like to learn more about this Curly Maple bowl you can visit my Dailey Woodworking store on Etsy by clicking here.

Beads On Outside of Curly Maple Bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Beads On Outside of Curly Maple Bowl

 

Brown, Natural and Green Laminated Wood Bottle Stopper - Dailey Woodworking

Brown, Natural and Green Bottle Stopper

Day 23

On day 23 I turned this laminated bottle stopper to ship out to Texas. The lamination colors are brown, white (natural) and green that repeat over and over. I think the shape lends itself to working with laminated stock and shows off the layers and different colors quite nicely.

If you would like to learn more about this laminated wood bottle stopper you can visit my Dailey Woodworking store on Etsy by clicking here.

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Jul 10

Day 20 and Apple Wood Bowl

8 1/4 x 2 Inch Apple Wood Bowl

8 1/4 x 2 Inch Apple Wood Bowl

Today’s turning

This bowl was turned from Apple wood. It’s been sitting in my shop waiting to be finished up for about 5 years. Can you say procrastination? The bowl is approximately 8 1/4 x 2 inches and has some very nice figure to it. The bowl does have a small crack in it which is very common with apple. The crack doesn’t hurt the structure of the bowl but it does mean that the bowl won’t hold liquid. Although the bowl would be great as a fruit bowl, popcorn bowl or candy dish.

If you would like to learn more about this Apple bowl you can visit my Dailey Woodworking store on Etsy by clicking here. We are in the process of building a new and improved website for Dailey Woodworking so I won’t be putting anything new on the site for about a month when I hope to début the new site.

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