Woodturning a simple candle holder

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 12-12-2015 02:09 PM 907 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before this project, I had never made anything other than pens on the lathe. I had some scrap pieces from an oak pallet and I decided to laminate them together and experiment.

I didn’t know what it would be when I started. I had thought maybe do a little Christmas tree, but then it started looking like a candle holder, so I just went with that. I don’t have a chuck, so I just turned it between a spur center and the tail-stock. I can really see the value of having a chuck now, which is next on my list of things to buy for the lathe.

Anyway, I made a video of the build for my YouTube channel. You can watch it at the following link:

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 12-12-2015 02:39 PM

Nice work, Chris. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 12-12-2015 05:43 PM

Great job, Chris! I like the variegation in the grain. I’ve toyed with turning a few times, but getting a lathe is still at least a year away for me.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 01:18 AM

Nice one.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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