by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 153
If you are hesitating about taking up woodturning or you feel that you are being held back in your development in the craft because of cost, this book offers a host of interesting ideas.
Ernie Conover is one of America's foremost woodworking educators. He is a regular contributor of articles to woodworking magazines and a highly experienced teacher. His family owns and operates Conover Workshops which offers a range of courses in woodworking and boasts graduates from all over the US and Canada.
The Frugal Woodturner covers topics such as Choosing the Right Lathe and Finding Good Tools without Breaking the Bank as well as Sharpening, Finding Wood without Spending Lots of Money and Holding Wood on the Lathe.
Each chapter provides general information in a concise and easily read format, plus notes on innovations that can assist with both saving money and increasing enjoyment of woodturning.
For example, the chapter on tool care includes a description of a home made sharpening system while the chapter that deals with holding wood on the lathe contains notes not only on the making of a number of different styles of chuck but also their use.
The book ends with a description of Simple, Inexpensive Finishes and examples of complete woodturning set-ups based on three budgets - Tight, Medium and Large.
Since The Frugal Woodturner is aimed at helping woodturners get more out of the time they spend in their workshops, it should appeal to everyone from the beginner to the more advanced 'turner.
The internationally renowned woodturner, Dale Nish, says of it that 'anyone wanting to invest in a wonderful and fulfilling hobby will find this book a gold mine of information'.
1: Choosing The Right Lathe
2: Finding Good Tools Without Breaking The Bank
3: Be Smart About Sharpening
4: Finding Wood Without Spending Lots Of Money
5: Holding Wood On The Lathe
6: Simple, Inexpensive Finishes
7: Good Woodturning Setups For Three Budgets
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