The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Bedan (lathe tool)

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Bedan (lathe tool)A while back I started using a bedan at the lathe. It seemed like a hugely useful tool, giving a lot of the benefits of the skew, plus it can work as a scraper, parting tool, or a roughing gouge. And it seemed like something pretty easy to make.So I did.I turned a handle from a piece of tubafor ripped in half. And I bought a 6×6x200mm piece of square high speed steel. And I had some brass tubing laying around the shop.Details of the construction:

  • After rough-turning the handle, I drove the brass ferrule onto the handle. It was a little loose so I drilled a 7/32 hole in it, aligned that to the grain, and screwed a #3 wood screw in.
  • The handle was just a teeny bit off center when I re-chucked it in the lathe. Oops.
  • I used a file to round the end of the ferrule, some 60 grit sandpaper to brighten up the brass, and a skew to turn the wood down to the ferrule and finish up the handle.
  • The hole in the end of the handle is 1/4 inch in diameter and about an inch and a half deep.
  • I filed the corners off the last inch of the HSS before driving the handle onto it until it bottomed out in the hole.
  • I ground the tip of the bedan roughly to 45 degrees on the coarse wheel on my grinder. You can tell the end needs sharpening with a fine stone from the turned pine test-piece (last picture).
I'm pretty pleased with this. About $10 in parts, and maybe three hours work from start to finish.


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Chips and Dip Bowl

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Chips and Dip BowlYou'd think I'd get tired of making bowls, but I find it very relaxing. I was heating the barn for the first time this year and I found this 4” thick walnut round in the burn barrel that had this deep crack in it. I gave up on it last year and now thought it is too nice to burn so I whittled off most of the crack and this what evolved. I had to search around for a small diameter bowl to fit the area I allowed in the center. I found a pack of 4 Anchor Hocking bowls at Big Lots that fit perfect..It is a walnut and 7 3/4” diameter and 2 3/4” high with some of the crack remaining that is filled with turquoise inlay. It is finished with Danish Oil and buffed and waxed.cheers, Jim



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A Few More Boxes

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A Few More BoxesThere is an inexhaustible variety of boxes to create. I'm always looking for new ways to stow the tools in my shop but the best are always made for others. From a simple pencil box with a sliding lid and a drawer to jewelry boxes, shaving caddy's, tooth fairy cannisters which I imagine have been made by multiple people multiple times. Now the last I imagine will be a new theme for some. It is the “House Of Dookie” (aka cat box concealer). What next?



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