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My First Turning & Not Just Idle in the Shop

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 12-11-2014 02:12 AM 1595 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Above] This is the first wood turning I’ve ever done. I don’t know what it is. I was just fooling around with something I lashed together. [Below] The object sitting on the tail stock of my lash-up lathe.

[Below] And here is the object still in the lathe.

[Below] This shop made lathe is a synthesis from two video woodworkers. I first saw the (to me) doable build from Cosmas B in this video.

Then Jack Houweling made a drill powered lathe and showed me a great way to make the drive spur in this video. My first attempt at turning was done using an old piece of pine. I know that I need to turn harder woods than that. I also used just a 1/2 inch mortising chisel to cut with. Again, not a perfect situation, but good for a test. I see myself making a few tool handles sometime in the future.

[Above] My execution of this lathe is not 100% perfect. I need to remake or adjust the tail stock. Somewhere it went crooked while pounding in the linking bolt.

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[Below] I also made an Izzy Swan style pallet bar. This has not been tried, and I’m going to have to find an inconspicuous place to test it. I used a few lengths of bed frame (angle iron) instead of wood for the fork and I’m unsure it it’s going to work or just break apart.

[Below] I also FINALLY did some organization of my C-clamp collection. This is much better than having them sit on my drill press cabinet!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 12-11-2014 02:46 AM

Nice work on the lathe Dave, it came out great. Turning takes practice, so continue with the pine blanks. Soon you’ll be turning tool handles like a pro.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 12-11-2014 11:04 AM



Nice work on the lathe Dave, it came out great. Turning takes practice, so continue with the pine blanks. Soon you ll be turning tool handles like a pro.

- Oldtool

I think I’m supposed to use pine that’s a little greener than 10+ years old. I actually have some maple and pear branch pieces that are free. That pear is very hard though!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 12-12-2014 09:12 AM

It is whatever you say it is, Dave! Congrats on your first turning. I haven’t turned pine yet. I’ve worked(not turned) with well seasoned pine (30 year old shelving). That stuff is hard! Looks good to me.
Please report on the pallet bar. Does ’an inconspicuous place to test it’ mean no witnesses? Are you building an entry for Sterling Davis’s Pallet UpCycle Challenge?
Congratulations on the shout out Steve Ramsey gave you on Mere Mini channel. Very thoughtful of you to send him the rattle can handles. I don’t want to be without mine!
How do you like the upright storage of the C clamps? Seems more economic, space wise, than sideways.
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 12-12-2014 11:29 AM



It is whatever you say it is, Dave! Congrats on your first turning. I haven t turned pine yet. I ve worked(not turned) with well seasoned pine (30 year old shelving). That stuff is hard! Looks good to me.
Please report on the pallet bar. Does an inconspicuous place to test it mean no witnesses? Are you building an entry for Sterling Davis s Pallet UpCycle Challenge?
Congratulations on the shout out Steve Ramsey gave you on Mere Mini channel. Very thoughtful of you to send him the rattle can handles. I don t want to be without mine!
How do you like the upright storage of the C clamps? Seems more economic, space wise, than sideways.
Thanks for sharing.

I want no witnesses to my pallet bar test in case it breaks itself instead of the pallet. I’m not so sure how strong bed frame steel is. I’m not ready to build an entry for that contest. Seems like the video woodworkers all announce these challenges on Facebook. I’m not a Facebooker.

I think Steve will find those handles useful. I know I love mine. It puts spraycans in a whole new world of control.

So far my clamps have stayed put. I like them upright because the shelf they are hanging on is narrow. They’re rarely used, but they needed a space outside of a drawer.

-Dave

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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