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My lathe journeys. #29: .. First thing I turned with the new lathe.

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 05-16-2015 09:53 PM 1157 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 28: ... made new carbide tools, now with handles :-) Part 29 of My lathe journeys. series Part 30: .. "Hey buddy. How do I get to Carnagie Hall?" »

New lathe, all set up and ready to go and I realize I dont have any blanks glued up to turn bowls … CRAP ! Looking around the shop to see what I can try out I spy a branch of walnut someone gave me last year. It’s been in his shop for a coupe years and is good to go. I still have some of that 5/8” aluminum bar stock that I used to make carbide tools with, so why not make another and this can be a handle? So I cut off about 11” and put it between the centers.
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It was not quite straight and the bark was flying everywhere when I started turning! Came up with this basic shape.
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Here’s a shot after the first coat of Danish oil
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I ground the square aluminum bar to a 5/8” round, and cut some grooves with my Makita grinder for the glue to grab ahold of when I do the assembly.
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I added a maple piece to the butt, mostly for looks because I did the same on the other 2 before this one.
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Used JB Weld and clamped it up tight and let it set overnight.
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Here’s a few pix of the final tool. I really like the grain in this walnut. I still have about 4’ of it left for future use.
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And after about 4 coats of rattle-can lacquer, here it is with it’s new brothers :-)
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Once again, thanks for looking. Comments welcomed! :-)
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Jerry

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#1 posted 05-16-2015 10:06 PM

You know, I’ve been thinking about making some of my own turning tools out of those carbide bits. Your tools look fantastic and I bet it was a lot cheaper than the $100.00 That Rockler and others want for exactly the same thing but not nearly as nice as yours. Great Job Joe!

BTW, where do you buy your tips? I found a great website for it here, really inexpensive.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#2 posted 05-16-2015 10:37 PM

Thanks Jerry. I agree, first time I looked for some carbide tools I thought “Well I’ll never own any of those!” Then I saw guys here making their own. I already had the 5/8” aluminum bar stock so all I needed was my time and the tips. I bought the tips from Capt Eddie. ! http://www.eddiecastelin.com/cutters_only!

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#3 posted 05-17-2015 01:33 AM



Thanks Jerry. I agree, first time I looked for some carbide tools I thought “Well I ll never own any of those!” Then I saw guys here making their own. I already had the 5/8” aluminum bar stock so all I needed was my time and the tips. I bought the tips from Capt Eddie. ! http://www.eddiecastelin.com/cutters_only!

- JoeinGa

Thanks Joe, you are an inspiration.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#4 posted 05-17-2015 02:53 AM

So are you really getting that much better or is it the new lathe making it look so easy? lol. The maple butt adds to the beauty.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 05-17-2015 02:56 AM

Nice handle Joe,
I did not know you had started making your own tools. I think it is very rewarding to use tools that you have
made yourself.

Have a great weekend and have fun making some dust, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#6 posted 05-17-2015 12:50 PM

Looks great, Joe!
You shoulda ordered a few bowl blanks off eBay while the lathe was shipping!
LOL!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 05-17-2015 12:54 PM

Thanks guys. So far I’m really digging this thing. What a difference from what I had.

Terry, nope, I’m too cheap to BUY blanks when I can get them free from local friends. My next door neighbor cut down a cherry tree yesterday and said I could have all I want! I already dragged 10 or 12 pieces of trunk over to my yard and there’s 4 or 5 more of the biggest pieces I’ll be getting tomorrow.

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#8 posted 05-17-2015 01:05 PM

You’re a smart guy, Joe! That free wood is tough to beat.

I nabbed some ornamental pear limbs from the roadside a couple of weeks ago; been processing them into 5×5x2” bowl blanks and 2” thick spindle blanks. Hoping for larger bowls from one large log? You want a few pieces…it’s pretty yellow…and free!

Although, a blank 5” in diameter might not even show up on your new beast lathe! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#9 posted 05-26-2015 12:58 PM

WOW! That handle looks amazing, Joe! Glad to see you are enjoying the new lathe!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 05-26-2015 01:40 PM

You ‘re right Terry, free wood really IS tough to beat.

Thanks Candy, I AM having a ball with the new lathe. I’ve got several things made that I need to post.

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#11 posted 07-29-2015 07:49 AM

That’s a really good-looking machine, Joe. And huge.
You’ve got me wanting to start making my own tools. There’s a definite WOW FACTOR in that. Besides which, you gotta know that, eventually, you’re gonna find yourself making those to order.

-- Mark

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