Wood Turning is both one of the most relaxing and satisfying facets of woodworking, but a lathe can be the most dangerous tool in the shop, if not used properly. This class will go over the different parts, features, and safe operation of the Jet WL-1236 3/4 HP wood lathe in the Artisan's Asylum woodshop. Students will learn about different types of turning tools, proper use of and efficacy when yeilding these tools, as well as sharpening techniques to keep them cutting cleanly. Students will learn how do "Spindle Turning" as well as Turning on a "Mandrel".
At the end of the class, students will leave with a brand new wooden pen to show off, as well as the skills and information needed to safely and competently pursue independent woodturning projects.
Students must be at least 18 years old.
Douglas Fir scraps will be provided as practice material for the students. If students would like to practice on fancier wood (not recommended) then the instructor will provide it at an additional cost. Pen-making kits will be provided for the final project, cost included in the registration fee.
What to Bring/Wear:
Closed toe shoes, no bracelets or dangly things, and a method for securing back long hair.
Dan Landers is a former Carpenter, Union Electrician, and Firefighter, so he knows how to make and break things. His most recent conquest was earning an Electrical Engineering degree from Northeastern University. He has also worked Sikorsky aircraft on giant helicopters, and underwater robotics at Qinetiq-Foster Miller. Thanks to Artisan’s Asylum, Dan has been on Engadget, Hackaday, SpikeTV and at Maker Faires with his Node.JS tank robot; he is also one of the crazy people working on the STOMPY robot of PROJECT HEXAPOD fame. He is currently in a PhD program in engineering, but is very interested in spreading the joys and annoyances of other aspects of “Making.” Despite a paradigm shift toward technology, Dan is also a woodworking traditionalist and a wood buff, and guards and holds dear about 90 different species of wood stock, including exotics, large live edge slabs, and several extinct wood species.
Session 1: Monday, January 13, 7PM - 10PM
Session 2: Monday, January 20, 7PM - 10PM
Session 3: Monday, January 27, 7PM - 10PM
REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.