Learn to Turn, 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded: A Beginner's Guide to Woodturning from Start to Finish

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The Ideal Beginner's Guide to Woodturning

Learn to Turn also includes eleven attractive and very attainable step-by-step projects, a special troubleshooting section that reveals surprisingly simple solutions to common turning mistakes, and an inspiring artist gallery of completed works.

Learn to Turn is the ideal woodturning book for beginners. If you've considered trying woodturning-but have been intimidated by the tone and scope of the books ...

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Overview

The Ideal Beginner's Guide to Woodturning

Learn to Turn also includes eleven attractive and very attainable step-by-step projects, a special troubleshooting section that reveals surprisingly simple solutions to common turning mistakes, and an inspiring artist gallery of completed works.

Learn to Turn is the ideal woodturning book for beginners. If you've considered trying woodturning-but have been intimidated by the tone and scope of the books available on the subject- you'll find Learn to Turn to be an approachable, informative, and enjoyable guide that will have you turning in no time. Author Barry Gross, an artist and professional woodturner, offers expert instruction, valuable tips, and common-sense advice that will eliminate the mystery while infusing some fun into your turning.

Inside Learn to Turn, you'll discover:
- How to select the lathe that's right for you
- The many tools used for turning and how to use them
- How to transform firewood into suitable turning material
- The fundamentals of sharpening, sanding, and finishing

"Large clear photos make it easy to follow the author's guidance in positioning the tools as well as making the cuts By the time a beginner completes the author's list, he or she would have quite a thorough understanding of turning tools, procedures and necessary fixes." — Barb Siddiqui, WoodCentral.com

"After reading this wonderful book, I feel more confident and have put this knowledge to use. The illustrations are fantastic and the reading is easy and enjoyable a delight to read and a must for anyone who is just starting out." — Scott Edwin, Long Island Woodturners Association

"The basics of each topic are discussed in understandable language and well illustrated with many top-notch photographs Learn to Turn is a very good resource for new and not-so-new turners that want to learn the basics the right—and safe—way, the first time." — Tom Hintz, NewWoodworker.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565237643
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,374,539
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Gross, an expert woodworker and artisan with more than 30 years of experience, specializes in transforming wood and other media such as Corian - the kitchen countertop material - into amazing pieces of art and useful every-day items. A skilled teacher who knows how to start at the beginning, Barry volunteers solutions to his own mistakes with the hope of encouraging beginners to redesign rather than recycle. Barry is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, the Bucks County Woodturning Association and the Scroll Saw Association of the World. Barry was recently invited to join the prestigious Pen Makers' Guild and is named in Who's Who in 2005.
His art can be seen in various art galleries including Island Earth Gallery, Langman Galleries and Wylands Sae Life Gallery in New York. In addition, he has received commissions from DuPont and for the Alien Stinger display at the New York Aquarium. His exquisite turned pens are sought after for gifting, most noteably, his Stars and Strips pen was recently gifted to House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Barry Gross is the author of Pen Turner's Workbook, Learn to Turn and a frequent contributor to Scroll Saw Workshop magazine and Woodturning Design Magazine. He lives in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

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This classic, easy-to-follow introduction to woodturning. includes new projects, along with the original 8 step-by-step projects. Also includes new sections on end-grain turning and mini-lathes.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vi
Section 1: Getting Started 1
Safety 2
Basic Workshop and Tools 7
Choosing Wood 15
Sharpening Tools 20
Sanding 27
Finishing 31
Section 2: Start Turning 41
Getting Ready to Turn 42
Turning Tool Exercises 46
Spindle Turning Projects 51
Faceplate Turning Projects 65
Section 3: Marketing and Selling Your Work 93
Section 4: Gallery 97
Troubleshooting 105
Resources 110
Glossary 111
Index 112

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