Tips & Tricks

Maintain your lathe's tailstock to accurately drill holes
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Maintain Your Lathe’s Tailstock to Drill Accurate Holes

Drilling straight holes on the lathe. Pitfalls and how to fix them.

Abused and well maintained Lathe Tailstock Quill Screw-Maintain your lathe's tailstock
Dimple Position on Tailstock Base-Maintain your lathe's tailstock

Tailstock maintenance is easily overlooked and poor performance isn’t noticed until you try to drill or bore an accurate hole in wood with various types of bits. Off-center drilling or oversized holes can be a headache to try and troublshoot. I know. I’ve been there. Here are a few tips that can get your lathe to accurately bore the correct size hole the first time.

Ted Sokolowski Finesse Scraper set of all three scrapers
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Signature grind Finesse Scrapers: How to Clean-up Your Forms & Add a Great Finish to Your Woodturning

Using finesse scrapers can add a sense of volume, fluidity, & sensuality to your woodturning. This video debunks the myth that scraping is “taboo” in woodturning.

Video Tips

I will be shooting helpful video tips and uploading them onto this page. The information I will be covering will be anything from helping you to “see” your work better at the lathe to maintaining your lathe and much more. If you have suggestions on topics you’d like to see, please don’t hesitate to email me and let me know of your concerns. I will try to accommodate all questions that have a broad appeal to wood turners. 

  • Topics will include:
  • Drilling straight holes on the lathe. Pitfalls and how to fix them.
  • How to turn spalted maple with great results.
  • Turning Life: Adding sensuous curves to wood turning.
  • Backgrounds and lighting
  • Transporting your turnings safely to and from craft shows.
  • Carve Lines with “Life”.
  • How to Sharpen a Forstner Bit.
  • Adding Volume and Gravity to Turnings.
  • Woodturning Myths
  • How to sharpen a Bandsaw Blade.
  • How to cut your costs on Bandsaw Blades.
  • Quality of Line
  • Contrast, Weight, Timing?