Tormek Truing & Dressing Tool TT-50

Tormek Truing and Dressing Tool TT50

One of my biggest headaches as a woodworkers is regrinding plane blades. If there is the slightest grooves in to the surface of your grinding wheel or if the grinding wheel isn't running perfectly parallel to your tool support you will get an uneven grind which ultimately will result in a less than sharp blade. 

The TT-50 is Tormek's latest stone truing tool and will make getting a flat parallel surface a simple and quick task. The truing and dressing tool comes in the T-7 Sharpening System and If like me you have an earier Tormek system you can also use the TT-50 on the existing Universal Support, but setting up the cut is more difficult. However Tormek advise you to retrofit the latest Universal Support with Micro Adjust.

Here is a short Tormek video showing the TT-50 in use.



The TT50 is used to re-dress grindstones when the stone becomes grooved or glazed through use. The dressing tool leaves you with a perfectly flat and true grinding surface, this makes grinding plane blades an easy task. The TT50 uses a diamond-impregnated tip to true the stone round and flat. Mounted onto the Universal Support Bar, the TT50 uses a lead screw to provide steady, even control as you draw the tip across the stone (see video).
Find out more here


Woodworking Books - the Bandsaw

The bandsaw is one of the most useful tools in our workshops.  A properly set up bandsaw is a joy to use, allowing the most delicate of work,  cutting the thinnest veneers and finest of curves . However setting up a band saw correctly takes great skill and knowledge and is essential to obtaining a decent cut.  

Luckily There are two great manuals available on this subject from acknowledged band saw experts Mark Duginske and Lonnie Bird. Either of these books will give you all the information you will need to set up and tune your bandsaw correctly. A must for the serious woodworkers book shelf.


The New Complete Guide to the Bandsaw

Learn how truly versatile the bandsaw can be with the newest volume from renowned band saw expert Mark Duginske. From its typical usage for fair curves, straight cuts, scroll work, ripping and resawing, all the way to mortise and tenon and dovetail joinery, you’ll be amazed at how much you can get from one simple machine. Also includes sections on saw choice, blade choice, sharpening, tune-up and more! Full-color photographs, detailed drawings and expert instruction throughout.  
 For pricing and ordering information

The Bandsaw Book 

The bandsaw is one of the most widely used woodworking tools, found in 3 out 4 home and professional workshops. Although deceptively simple — a steel blade rotating around two rubber-clad wheels, the bandsaw does its best work when it's tuned properly. Unfortunately, most owner's manuals provided by tool manufacturers are difficult to understand, and the drawings and photos are unclear.In this book, professional woodworker Lonnie Bird gives all the information bandsaw owners wished came in the owner's manual plus much more — what to look for when buying a bandsaw and how to tune it up for optimal performance. The information is presented in an accessible, easy-to-understand way, making this a quick reference as well as comprehensive handbook. All the information is up-to-date and thoroughly researched. Excellent color photos by the author and a clean, friendly layout gives this book on a classic woodworking subject a fresh modern look. This clearly illustrated and photographed volume will quickly become the standard reference and is a must-have title for any woodworker. 
For pricing and ordering information



Easy to build Continuous Motion Treadle Lathe

Guest Post by WoodChux


Continuous Motion Treadle Lathe
Here's an inexpensive, portable treadle lathe design that you can make in a couple of weekends, out of scrap wood, and some relatively inexpensive hardware.  But don't let the quick build time fool you.  The simple design of this heavy duty shop built lathe makes it as easy to use as it is to build.  Whether you are looking for a daily use lathe, a conversation piece, or want to turn using the sweat of your brow, this is the lathe for you.

Woodworking has been a lifelong passion of mine.  It all started one cold Christmas morning when I was 6 years old.  Santa Clause left a present under the tree that sparked a fire in me that still burns.  Wrapped in paper with his image, topped with a golden bow, my first tool kit awaited.  My first set of tools consisted of a tiny tack hammer, and what I know now as a coping saw.  To a 6 year old boy in footed pajamas', it was everything.  The kit also included a few pieces of 1/4 plywood, tacks, and plans for a birdhouse.  My Father, with unforetold patients, helped me build my first project.  I was amazed to finally see the lopsided masterpiece that was described by some to be a birdhouse.
Over the last 25+ years, the tools have gotten bigger, better, and more expensive.  I bought my first lathe about 10 years ago.  I used it mainly for table legs for furniture in my house.  Before long, I began to versify my turnings to include bowls, boxes, bottle stoppers, pens, pencils, and plates.  I shortly realized I was hooked. 
Whenever possible, I go straight to the lathe to search for the form resting in a piece of green wood.  To me, there is no greater pleasure, in terms of woodworking, then turning a freshly cut log.  The wood peels away like butter.  As the long shavings pile up on my arm and shoulder, the stresses and worries of the day seem to melt away. 
 
Today, most of the items that I turn I sell on my website or at local craft show.  I do around 4 shows a year and love every second of it.  Meeting people who enjoy my work is extremely rewarding.  I like to see the puzzled look on people's faces when they try to imagine how I create some of my pieces, or when they pick up a pen made out of a pine cone and try to imagine what it could be made from.  I enjoy sharing my ideas and knowledge with other people.  At shows, I spend a great deal of time explaining how I create my pieces on the lathe.  In that light, I decided I need a lathe to take with me and demonstrate my craft.  Unfortunately, some of the shows that I attend do not provide electricity to the booths.

This dilemma was on my mind during last year's family trip.  I took my wife and son to colonial Williamsburg Virginia.  Walking through the brick streets, we came across a small cabinetmakers shop.  There, just inside the door, against the wall, stood an old treadle lathe and the answer to my problem.  I decided then that I needed to build one. 
After research the different types of human powered lathes, bow, pole, and even some using bungee cords, I decided on a treadle lathe using a flywheel.  The continuous action treadle lathe, also known as a flywheel treadle lathe, is an old design.  Leonardo Da Vinci was the first to design such a lathe almost 500 years ago.  His design included a 6' flywheel to drive the spindle.  Although highly effective and efficient, a 6' wheel is not practical for limited space.  In this case however, bigger is better.  The flywheel transforms your energy, the up and down motion of your leg, into rotational motion.  Once the wheel is in motion, it stores your energy.  This means that the larger the wheel diameter, the greater the energy storage potential is for that machine.  Additionally, adding mass around the rim of the wheel increases the energy of a wheel.  So Leo's machine would make for a very nice lathe.