127 -Turning a Vampire Stake

Video - August 31, 2010

Turning on the lathe is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable parts of woodworking. Every time I turn I ask myself, “Why don’t I do this more often??” I still don’t have an answer to that. But recently, I had the opportunity to turn a cool item for a charity event. My friend Shawn was creating unique auctions for a Muscular Dystrophy charity event. One of those auctions was for a vampire slaying kit, which of course required a stake. Unconventional? Made of wood? For charity? I’m in!!!

While making the video, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to review some turning basics as well as introduce you to the tools I use most frequently. These include the Ellsworth gouge, the roughing gouge, the skew chisel, and the diamond parting tool. If you are interesting in picking any of these up, I included affiliate links below for these tools. Remember, buying through us helps support the show.

And keep in mind, although I am turning a vampire stake here, the tools and techniques are the same that you would use to turn a spindle in a regular woodworking project.

Ellsworth Signature Gouge Ellsworth Signature Gouge
The most versatile 5/8″ bowl gouge on the market ? with the edge and balance needed for the finest projects! 

Ellsworth Signature Gouge

Robert Sorby Roughing-Out Gouge Robert Sorby Roughing-Out Gouge
Recommended for the initial turning of uneven or square stock to round… Robert Sorby Roughing-Out Gouge
Robert Sorby Oval Skew Chisel Robert Sorby Oval Skew Chisel
A delicately balanced tool essential to the spindle turners kit… Robert Sorby Oval Skew Chisel
Robert Sorby Parting Tools Robert Sorby Parting Tools
A selection of fine Robert Sorby parting tools… Robert Sorby Parting Tools
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