Turning slippery slope #7: Took a shallow plunge and actually made something!

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 02-18-2009 03:30 AM 1168 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: I actuallly made a round thing! Part 7 of Turning slippery slope series Part 8: Mechanical question about the lathe »

I decided that I’d take a few smaller baby steps before I tried to make a scoop on my own. So I’ve been working a little more on learning how the tools work and feel, etc. So, yes I made another round thing—- but this one is soooo much better than the last. This one is silky smooth – like glass in fact. I discovered scrapers!


I can’t figure out how to turn the flash off on my camera so my pictures are not the best.

But drum roll please——ta da! – My first real project!


I’ve done a few pens before. But the big difference is I have the right tools now. My pens never turned out all that great. They were OK, but not very good. If I can get my pens as smooth and silky as this key chain – I’ll be on my way.

I have to admit – this turning stuff is a lot more fun when you have good tools and some good advice and instruction.

Thanks for looking.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 02-18-2009 04:25 AM

That is all it takes is to take baby steps. Next thing ya know you are hooked

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 02-18-2009 05:05 AM


Really Neat! This turning thing really is addictive, isn’t it!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 02-18-2009 05:21 AM

It’s more than addictive. I’m sitting here knowing I should be hitting the rack and instead am thinking of projects that I want to try on the lathe. I can see some nice potential in my future. :-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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