Turning #2: Last couple of lathey days

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Blog entry by SSMDad posted 07-27-2011 05:08 AM 915 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The last 2 days have been “interesting” with turnings to so say the least.

First I really accept that I don’t have a clue as to how to get the best sharpened edge on my tools. I used my bench grinder to sharpen and ended up cutting at least 2 different angle bevels on my roughing gouge. :(

Yesterday I laminated then turned a stack of cherry and QS sycamore. I’d intended to make a lamp. Apparently the 5”x5” blocks I cut were not flat because now I have gaps in the edges. Though I’m thinking about using some Hot Stuff CA glue mixed with some ground stone of some kind (turquiouse, mica, ??) to fill in the gaps and.

Today I got it into my head to build a new toilet roll holder using the spring from the old one (which was there when we bought our house) and had everything down and sanded and ready EXCEPT that I’d forgotten to DRILL THE HOLE FIRST! :( By the time I realized, it was too late. Back to the drawing board.

On a + note that my new Nova G3 chuck arrived today so I got to play with it for a bit. It’s much smoother than the PSI Barracuda which I had to return to Amazon because after very mild use over 3 days, the jaws broke.

Promise to get pics soon.

Until next time…To everything turn, turn, turn….Wood is best seasoned, turn turn turn….

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 05:41 AM

I feel your pain.

My pizza cutter handle split while threading in the insert. Only made one blank out of about 20 laminated strips.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 10:00 AM

Keep the faith SSM. We all get those kind of “interesting” days from time to time.
Lessons learned and all that.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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