This simple device was originally shown to me by my friend Raymond Sanders of "Beenatree" who has given me his blessing to reproduce the jig and to create a drawing with arbitrary dimensions to share with others.
One of the easiest projects for a beginning turner to undertake has to be bottle stoppers. They require little wood, the corks and dowels are quite cheap, and they afford new turners an excellent opportunity to develop tool control, particularly with the skew.
I made up a jig for drilling the center holes in the pen blanks.
Creating a fingernail grind on your spindle gouge by eye is possible but difficult, even for a seasoned turner.
Sharpening wood turning tools quickly and consistently is a constant problem for a wood turner. We stand in front of a machine that throws wood at us at about 75 miles an hour and stop it with sharp tools. A typical gouge cuts more wood in a few minutes than a hand plane does in an hour.
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