Build Your Own Rose-Engine

Jon Magill Rose Engine Lathe
If you have been to a SPSW meeting, you most likely have seen work produced by Bob Sievers using his rose-engine lathe. Bob produces intricate, detailed designs on his turnings.

If you would like to try your hand at ornamental turning (OT) with a rose-engine lathe but don’t want to shell out $2,000 – $3,000 there is an option for you.

The Ornamental Turners International (OTI) is a virtual chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Their website has great information about OT including articles and photo gallery, as well as a discussion forum and members only area. They happily share their passion for OT and this is where your rose-engine option comes in.

Jon Magill, a member of OTI, created a full set of plans for building a rose-engine lathe out of MDF. For about $300 and a half-sheet of ¾“ MDF you can build your own rose-engine.

You can find the Introduction and Overview, detailed drawings and construction instructions on the OTI website. You can also find videos of an MDF rose-engine lathe in operation.

UPDATE – Jon Magill has a site called Rogue Turner. His documents can be found there as well.

You can find his original article from the Spring 2007 issue of American Woodturner, the Introduction and Overview, detailed drawings and construction instructions on his website.

Here is a video of a rose engine in operation:

New Videos in the Learning Center

Our website Learning Center has been inaugurated with two videos from SPSW member Dave Schweitzer covering how to use the D-Way beading tools. Just look under the “Learning Center” in the menu.

AAW Board Message

This message was sent by AAW Board Member Kurt Hertzog

Australian Disasters

Kurt Hertzog
I am sure you are aware of the natural disasters occurring in Australia. Many of our fellow AAW members have been adversely affected  by the situation.  One of the benefits of AAW membership is the ERF – Emergency Relief Fund. It was started to assist members who suffer in events such as these. The fund is limited and can’t replace the huge losses that many have suffered. It  is intended to help with the loss of  tools, equipment, and materials. If you would like to make a donation to this fund to help those who have been (and continue to be) affected  by the flooding, please use the following link.

Year-End Grand Prize Winner

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that Cliff Mann of AZ won the Powermatic 3520B lathe donated by Walter Meier Powermatic/JET ( Cliff’s local chapter, the Southern Arizona Woodturners Association, also won their prize of five JET mini-lathes. Not only were they great prizes but  delivery was free. You can see more of the details at this link.

Monthly Drawings/Grand Prize Drawing

We are continuing with our monthly drawings. Nothing is required in order to participate other than being a member of the AAW. We have great prizes each month and will have a grand prize drawing again at the end of 2011. Walter Meier Powermatic/JET has again donated the  grand prize (3520B plus the local chapter’s choice of a JET fullsize or 5 minis).

Our January and February Winners

Thank Our Sponsors

Please make sure that you thank all of our business members for their support of the AAW. These companies (and individuals) help make the organization great and offer many special benefits to our members. Let them know you appreciate them when you do business with them. We also thank those donors of  the monthly and year-end grand prize drawings. You can find a complete listing of those on the website at this link.< Insurance Donations

Many chapters ask how they can assist with the expenses of the AAW. One of the benefits of being an AAW chapter is the insurance which may be required for certain  meeting places and event opportunities.  If your chapter (or an individual) wishes to assist with this expense, you may  make a donation to help. “How much?” is an often asked question.  We’ll graciously accept any donation but many chapters use $1 per member as a guideline.

Almost 14,000

The year 2010 closed with a total AAW membership of 13,941. While we were striving for 14,000, we can call it close enough. To continue to increase  our membership, we ask that the chapters and individual members make a concerted effort to make their fellow woodturners aware of the AAW and the benefits of membership. The programs that are offered are only possible with a strong and growing membership.

AAW Links and Publicity

Getting the word out about the AAW is something that we all can help with. Please include a link on the chapter website to the AAW home. Include one on your personal website as well. When you are asked to provide a bio for demonstrations, publications, or other public events, please include the fact that you are a member of the American Association of Woodturners. We can all help get the word out. If you need publicity materials to hand out at meetings, club events, or demonstrations, contact the Saint Paul office.

Going Green

The option to “go green” on the Resource Directory has been a big success. More than 6,000 members opted to forgo the printed copy. The online version will be available to all members and will always be the most current information available. Thank you to all who decided to make this choice.

AAW 25th Anniversary International Symposium

The time is getting closer. Our 25th Anniversary Symposium preparations, underway for quite some time, have kicked into high gear. You can find all of the latest at, volunteer opportunities, special events, and more are to be found there. The site  is continually  updated with the latest information so check back often.

February Membership Meeting

[note]This month we have Larry Miller coming to demonstrate. Larry is the president of the Olympia club and is a member of our club. This should be a superior demo and we are excited to have him joining us.[/note]

I started turning wood in high school, and still have the very first salad bowl I turned that my mother used for nearly 40 years (it’s ugly, but functional). I had about a 35 year layoff while finishing college, getting married, working as a computing manager in higher education, oil, and aerospace, and raising our two sons. When my wife bought me a small lathe in 1995, I slowly picked up the craft again. I didn’t get “serious” about turning until we moved to Olympia in 2003. I now have 5 lathes in my well equipped shop, and not only make what I like to call “Functional Art”, but also teach woodturning to all ages and skill levels, including home schooled kids. I am actively involved in the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) youth program and will be in St. Paul again this summer working with the Kids. I don’t specialize in any one art form, but enjoy a challenge and have done a number of projects including hats, hollow forms, deep vessels, piercing and other embellishments.

The demonstration I’m going to perform for the SPSW in February is titled, “how to turn a specialty box with minimal to no sanding”. Although I’ll have several different boxes on display, the one I’ll demonstrate was written up in the Summer 2010 Woodturning Design magazine and was inspired by the capitol dome in
Olympia. This is just an example of a specialty box, as my demonstration will focus on methods and tips that apply to all box types. I’ll cover design, layout, chucking techniques, shortcuts for quickly producing multiple copies of the same design, use of some specialty tools, and tips that will allow you to reduce or eliminate sanding.

Setup starts at 6:00 with social time starting at 6:30.

SPSW in the Top10

SPSW LogoThe South Puget Sound Woodturners is in the top 10 clubs in the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Why is that? Because we have a large and diverse membership.

Our members range from beginner to internationally acclaimed professionals. Our interests range from penmaking to bowls, turned ornaments to hollow vessels, spindles to platters.

Attend our monthly membership meetings and you will find a varied program. Many moths you will find a renowned expert in their field demonstrating material selection, tool usage, segmenting, wood coloring, ebonizing, and lots of turning techniques. Three times a year we have a mini-symposium where members demonstrate anything you could imagine.

Another great benefit for our members is our “Sawdust Sessions”. These occur the Saturday following most membership meetings. This is a hands on session with mentors from the club. Bring your safety glasses, tools and wood and get help with any questions you may have. This is an amazing one-on-one opportunity to improve your turning skills.

There are so many more benefits and learning opportunities to membership in the South Puget Sound Woodturners. Come and visit our next meeting and see what turning is all about!

Practical Finishes By Jeff Conti


By Jeff Conti

22 July 2007

Topics: Shellac, Behlen’s Woodturner Finish, Wax (Renaissance and Liberon), Penetrating oils (Danish oil, Boiled Linseed oil and Teak oil) Butcher Block OIL, Walnut Oil, Hard Cellulose Nitrate Lacquer (Deft)

Shellac comes from the excretions of the lac insect Kerria lacca, found in the forests of Assam and Thailand (Wikipedia).

Shellac can be purchased in two basic forms, commercially mixed in a can with other chemicals and natural flakes that you dilute into denatured alcohol. Both of these forms have variations you can buy for effects you are looking for.

I suggest blond (no wax) Shellac flakes for the following reasons… You can read the rest of the article here – practical-finishes-22-july-07-jeff-conti