TIW Short Update No. 17 - New Lathe First Turn

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Blog entry by Shawn Sealer posted 12-11-2012 06:09 PM 1759 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using my Lathe for the first time.

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 12-11-2012 08:16 PM

Your turning came out pretty. I thought for sure you’d get a huge catch when you held the skew that way. That has happened to me multiple times.
Where did you get the lathe?, and what manufacturer is it? How about the tools?, whose make?
Have fun with the lathe, they’re a ball – until you get your first real good catch.

-- "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 12-12-2012 01:50 AM

Looks to me like you just turned your first salt shaker! A few 1/16th inch holes in the top and a little forsner bit action to make a cavity and you’re all set…......nice work!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#3 posted 12-12-2012 03:13 AM

Shawn … The drive spur should not be inserted into the face plate. Remove the face plate, then install the spur directly into the headstock’s Morse Taper.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 12-12-2012 09:00 AM

Hi Shawn, Just remember to bevel your edges on your blank rub the bevel on your chisel and raise the back of the tool until it starts cutting. And the main thing is to practice practice practice, and don’t be scared of the lathe. In my experience as long as you follow the fundamentals of turning not much can go wrong

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 03:09 AM

Congrats on your new machine. I was quite nervous the first time I ever turned anything. My wife bought me a wood turning class at my local Woodcraft and that was my intro to turning. I don’t do a lot of turning but the skills I learned at the class gave me much more confidence. The more you turn the more confidence you’ll gain. Keep on practicing. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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