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Blog series by JJones98042 updated 12-22-2013 01:17 PM 7 parts 6421 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: In the beginning...

07-31-2012 03:10 PM by JJones98042 | 1 comment »

My first lathe arrived yesterday! I ordered the “12 VS lathe from Penn State Industries. The instructions were minimal, but assembly went very smoothly and setting the machine up was no problem. Within about 1-1/2 hours I was ready to start making my first wood chips. I also ordered a starter kit and a number of accessories at the same time so that I should have everything I need to get started making pens. I wanted to keep it simple for the first try at woodturning. I found a 3/...

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Part 2: First pens!

08-01-2012 03:59 PM by JJones98042 | 4 comments »

I produced my first 2 pens yesterday! Being new to turning, I’m learning lots of new things from each project. Before diving into my first pens, I took a little time to practice on some scrap poplar that I had laying around. After roughing the pieces down, I tried some simple “features” (coves and parting grooves) to get a feel for the tools along with a bit of sanding. 1 of them was also used to test the friction polish finish. The other was my testbed to gain confidence...

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Part 3: More pens and education

08-11-2012 04:06 PM by JJones98042 | 4 comments »

I completed another 4 pens earlier this week (I’m on vacation this week). Lessons learned: Always sand your edges: I now give the edges of my turned segments a little touch-up with 600+ grit sandpaper (wet) after they come off of the mandrel to soften them before assembly. Having a sharp edge where the turned portion transitions to the kit piece doesn’t feel nice at all. Working late to “finish 1 more” isn’t a good idea: Knowing that its late means that I...

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Part 4: More than just pens...

08-22-2012 03:26 PM by JJones98042 | 2 comments »

Last weekend, I tried branching out a bit and trying some new projects. The first was a little box turned from a “hardwood” dowel that I bought as practice material. It gave me a chance to try using some different tools and techniques. I found that hollowing (both the top and base) was the area that I need to learn more about (and quick). I felt very unsure how best to go about it even after having watched a number of videos on YouTube… Another project was another pen...

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Part 5: First class. :)

09-02-2012 01:07 PM by JJones98042 | 3 comments »

This weekend, I completed my first turning class at my local Woodcraft store. It was a fantastic experience and well worth the time and tuition! The class consisted of a 3-hr session Friday evening and a full day Saturday. The first evening we covered the many of the basics. I learned an enormous amount starting with background and history of turning as well as equipment, accessories, tools and sharpening, etc. We also got the chance to “chew” on a hunk-o-poplar and make it in...

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Part 6: We are Santa's Elves...

10-07-2012 12:22 PM by JJones98042 | 4 comments »

With the Summer drawing to a close, I wanted to get a head start on my Christmas gift making so that I don’t end up in a position where I’m out of time and feeling rushed (I know how easily that happens). The bulk of the gifts are pens that are now complete. I had setup a little production line to make the pens and learned a few tricks along the way. Lessons learned: Since I was doing over a dozen pens, it helped to do things in stages. I made all the decisions about kits and...

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Part 7: 2013 Year in review

12-22-2013 01:17 PM by JJones98042 | 3 comments »

I just realized that it has been over a year since my last entry to this blog. I’ll treat this as a “year in review”. If I had to label it, this would be the year that I first ventured into Segmented Turning. I’ve completed 2 sets of segmented salt and pepper mills, one as a gift, and one to keep. Both of the projects were a lot of fun and provided great turning experience. I can also say I now have 2 segmented bowls under my belt (1, 2). Both are just for person...

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