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Project by TerryDowning posted 10-16-2014 03:43 PM 963 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been some time since I posted a completed project as I have been very busy with my day job.

I got an update to my Shopsmith in the form of a Universal Tool Rest and I could not wait to try it out.

I also recently purchased a Harbor Freight electric chain saw.

several months ago I got some Eucalyptus logs and now I have the tools to do something with them.

I cut up one of the logs and prepared a blank using my new chainsaw and my bandsaw.

Chucked the blank in the lathe and went at it.

Here is the completed project
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approximately 6 inches in diameter and 3 3/4 inches tall inside depth is just over 3 inches.

Finish is Wood Turner’s finish by General Finishes. (I really like this stuff)

Buffed with tripoli, white diamond and blue plastic polish finished off with a coat of finishing wax.

C and C are welcome as always.

-- - Terry





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terryR

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#1 posted 10-16-2014 05:46 PM

Looks great, Terry! A ton of sanding, I have the felling…nice finish!

I’ve finally started a bowl on my lathe for the first time…needs lots of holes filled…

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

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TerryDowning

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 07:21 PM

It wasn’t too bad on the sanding.

I’ve done more, but yes, I did have to use my 40 and 60 grit skews to remove some tear out and tool marks.

I must not have had my tools sharp enough. I was getting a lot of tear out and the tools were very grabby. (Could also be that i’m out of practice)

Thanks for the compliment. I like this one.

-- - Terry

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mtalley

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#3 posted 10-17-2014 01:05 PM

Pretty.

I have had a hard time with Eucalyptus. I lived in Southern California for 5 years and had more of it then I could shake a stick at because people would cut down the roadside trees planted in the late ‘70s for road expansion and new houses around Irvine. I am more skilled now and my tools are far sharper, so I would love to play with some more of it.

-- Matt at: www.drivenoutside.com/blog

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terryR

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#4 posted 10-17-2014 02:04 PM

Terry, would love to see the tool rest you use for carving bowls.

Is it curved so you get the chisel close to the spinning wood? All mine are straight for now…

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

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TerryDowning

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#5 posted 10-17-2014 03:28 PM

I have used straight for years

For my recent B’day I received a tool rest upgrade.

I use a 1955 Shopsmith as my large lathe
This was my old set up and how I would set up for the inside of a bowl.

This is my new setup with the “Universal Tool Rest” upgrade.

This particular package came with three tool rests now i have a total of 5

My old ones are on the left
8” straight (The original one for this machine)
5” straight (Cut down from an 8”)

new ones on the left
4” 90 degree
5” S
4” straight. (This will be very helpful in small turning, my 5” was not small enough for some of the small er stuff I do and I was going to cut it down some more.)

I did use both the 90 and the S for this bowl. I can’t tell for sure if they helped, but they sure didn’t hurt and I was able to keep the tool rest closer to the work.

-- - Terry

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Surfside

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#6 posted 10-17-2014 09:41 PM

I like the grain of the wood. It turned out really well.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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terryR

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#7 posted 10-18-2014 02:13 PM

Thanks for the tips, Terry. I need a curved tool rest soon…

...and you gotta clean up your lathe work area! Man, they get trashed so quickly! :)

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

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TerryDowning

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#8 posted 10-20-2014 03:19 PM

Ha!!

That is clean!! You should’ve seen the piles of shavings.

I did do more clean-up this last weekend though.

-- - Terry

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