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Blog series by Betsy updated 03-25-2009 04:19 AM 12 parts 15105 reads 76 comments total

Part 1: Starting to turn

12-24-2008 10:13 PM by Betsy | 5 comments »

Yep – you read that right. I’ve been hesitant to turn anything because I’ve never really liked that “spinny” thing. But a friend recently has convinced me that turning would probably be a good thing for me to learn since small projects can be done quickly and are not physically demanding and I can learn it’s simply steps pretty quickly. I’ve already got the Jet mini lathe and most basic turning tools. I took my Christmas money today and signed up f...

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Part 2: Looking more fun as I go - opinions requested

01-04-2009 02:05 AM by Betsy | 8 comments »

Have not turned anything yet—have my first class in a couple of weeks. But I’ve been spending a lot (really a lot) of time on the net watching free videos and looking at projects. I’m really getting excited about the possibilities. I’m very nervous about using the lathe – that’s why I want to take classes and such. I’ve done pens but nothing more (honestly didn’t do those all that well). Watching these videos have really led me to believe ...

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Part 3: Sharp tools

01-23-2009 03:36 AM by Betsy | 6 comments »

Well I just got back from my sharpening class. I now have very sharp tools and at least a beginning knowledge of how to keep them that way. I have also come to the opinion that I like the wet sharpening system more than the dry system (grinder). I don’t like the sparks. The wet system takes longer, but I’m in no hurry on anything so that’s not an issue. The issue is price of those wet systems. I’m going to have to do some considering on that. Not sure I’m ready t...

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Part 4: My first turning class projects

02-01-2009 12:27 AM by Betsy | 6 comments »

Well I can certainly see why turning is so addictive. I had my first techniques class today. We did a little spindle work and some hollowing. I got to use a lot of different tools to get a feel of them. Skews, gouges, scraper, multi-purpose tools, parting tools, etc. Had a terrific time. Learned a lot. Mostly that I have no idea what I’m doing – but I know I’m going to get better. We used soft woods today, ash and popular. They turn very easily so they make good woods to ...

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Part 5: Green wood versus air dried wood - questions, always questions

02-07-2009 10:27 PM by Betsy | 0 comments »

OK – to the basics. I’ve managed to learn quite a few of the basic cuts and which tool to do what with. Now I’d like to make something on my own – oh the concept of independence. Now the snag. What to make and what wood to use. I thought I’d try to make one of the scoops we made in class last week to see if I could duplicate it. As to the wood. When is wood no longer considered green enough to turn as green wood? For instance I have some walnut root tha...

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Part 6: I actuallly made a round thing!

02-14-2009 05:30 AM by Betsy | 9 comments »

Hey, Hey, Hey – I made a dowel! It’s kind of rough. Still not very good at smoothing off. This is one of several I’ve made trying to get the hang of the tools. Of course, after you do a dowel – you’ve got to make some shapes. So I’ve tried to make some coves. Not as easy as it looks. You can see that I’ve not made much progress at getting the coves to “blend” with the whole piece. But it will just take patience...

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Part 7: Took a shallow plunge and actually made something!

02-18-2009 03:30 AM by Betsy | 3 comments »

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 ...

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Part 8: Mechanical question about the lathe

02-19-2009 03:15 AM by Betsy | 8 comments »

Got a question about the “play” (for lack of a better description) that exists after you snug down the tail stock. Once it’s snugged down and then you dial in the final little bit with the top crank – how much play should you have? It seems like I have to really crank down onto the tail stock lever to get it to not move the minute I try to do the final crank. I’m not sure if I need to adjust something on the lathe or if I need to be more forceful securing the ...

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Part 9: Working on pens

02-25-2009 06:26 AM by Betsy | 7 comments »

I’ve mastered the simple straight line pens. Now I’m working on the European style pen. Must say I’m disappointed in my attempts. Part of my issue is I’m quiet sure I need to get better lighting and probably stronger glasses. Seems I have some trouble seeing the details. Of course, I can feel the tubes with my fingers – and I’ve come close – but when I take the pens off the lathe I end up with some divit or high spot. Lots of practice ahead of me. But...

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Part 10: CA glue finish - what a deal!

03-01-2009 05:20 AM by Betsy | 15 comments »

Thanks to my friends here on LJ- and scopemonkey in particular—- I learned how to do the CA glue finish. Scopemonkey gave me a link to a video to watch. This is the video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54VkKcFRSWQ&feature=channel. It makes good watching. I gave the finish a try tonight—- I like it a lot! Here are some pictures of some key rings I’ve made. The first picture is a friction finish only. The second picture are the CA glue finish. There is a big di...

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Part 11: knobs and light pulls

03-03-2009 04:35 AM by Betsy | 6 comments »

OK – so now my lack of knowledge of turning comes out—- yeah right – like it wasn’t out there already! I’m thinking that since I can turn a key chain and do OK, not great, but OK on some pens, I’m wondering about turning knobs for my cabinet project and making some light chain pulls to replace the ugly, plastic, lifeless things currently hanging from my light fixtures. First the light pulls. It seems to me it would be easier to turn the pull then dril...

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Part 12: Pen turning questions

03-25-2009 04:19 AM by Betsy | 3 comments »

The church services auction is this weekend so I thought I’d turn a pen to donate in addition to my cutting board. This is my effort – raises a few questions for you all. First, Miss Kitty says Hello. OK – here’s the pen. This pen is the European style from Woodcraft. When you have a pen with a design like this – do you line up the design with the pen closed or open? I’m sure it’s probably a personal choice – but what are ...

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