I’ve been hanging around LJ’s for a while now, enjoying all of the projects that people are posting. A lot of the work is truly magnificent, and is certainly inspirational. While I’m in the process of finishing up a set of 8 dining room chairs (finally!), I’ve developed an interest in turning, especially segmented bowls and the like. However, while I have a pretty complete woodshop (ok, it’s a garage with wood working tools in it), there are a few of the bigger tools I don’t have, such as a panel sander, a spindle sander, and a lathe.
Well, as of today, I can take the lathe off the list. I purchased a General International 16” x 42” VS lathe today, along with a set of turning tools, and a Oneway chuck. The lathe will be delivered tomorrow (couldn’t carry it on my back!), and with the help of a couple of neighbors, I’ll put it into it’s new place in the shop.
It’s been a long time since I’ve turned anything (probably close to 27 years, believe it or not), but I do remember that I really enjoyed it. I’ve been reading everything I can find on turning segmented bowls (and boy, is there a lot) – while I don’t expect that my first project will be anything ambitious, I don’t think it’ll be long before I’ll be gluing up rings…..
I’ve made a bunch of furniture around the house, mostly out of oak and maple. The recent set of chairs was made from cherry, which was my first project with that wonderfully frustrating wood. I’ll be sure to spend some time taking some photographs, and posting them here on LJ.