Woodturning Methods is the second book in Mike's full-colour woodturning series. It and the third book, Woodturning Techniques, each have 200 pages and together cover special methods. These sometimes require particular equipment (which you can often make yourself), and particular procedures which utilize the basic woodturning techniques described in The Fundamentals of Woodturning.

For example, you want to turn an accurate sphere. The tool manipulations are simple, but only if performed in particular ways and sequences is the desired accuracy almost inevitable. Even then there are fourteen different methods for turning spheres, so that the criteria which determine which is best for your particular sphere(s) are explained.

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Fig 4.9   The geometry of sphere turning
Fig 4.12   Marking-out to turn a sphere

Woodturning Methods' chapters are:

1. Chucking, 30 pages. Describes the development of chucks and the full range of types, both manufactured and which you can make. Ends with an extensive section on vacuum chucking.

2. Spindle Turning, 21 pages. Mounting and demounting workpieces with the lathe running, cutting pommels, turning rings, turning trees, swash turning and pumping.

3. Slender Spindles, 41 pages. Includes steadies, dowelling, roundiong, and turning trembleurs.

4. Turning Spheres, 27 pages.

5. Eccentric Turning, 15 pages. Includes therming and inside-out turning.

6. Multi-axis Turning, 24 pages.

7. Elliptical Turning, 18 pages.

8. Drilling, 22 pages.

9. Where Next? 1 page.

Bibliographies, 7 pages.

Index, 5 pages.

Fig 8.37   Radial drilling with a simple homemade jig

Extracts from some of the reviews

I just got a new book and man I am excited . . . The book is worth the price just to see all the interesting steady rests. Now for the real fun. The chapters on turning spheres, eccentric turning, multi-axis turning, and elliptical turning will get your blood pumping. This isn't just a simple project book. Mike explains the problems in detail and how to deal with them . . . I expect to get years of fun from the techniques I will gain from this text. John Lucas, More Woodturning (USA), June 2000.

I recommend this book to anyone seriously interested in wood turning. It is probably the most comprehensive reference of its kind, clearly the result of years of dedicated research. The book will suit the dedicated amateur as much as the professional and will make the work of future researchers much easier. Terry Martin, Australian Wood Review, March 2000.

This is a wonderful book. It won't teach you how to use a skew or turn an ordinary boowl. It starts where that kind of book leaves off. Alewyn Burger, Amazon customer review.

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