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Project by mranum posted 1943 days ago 1267 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been putting off trying my hand at trying to learn my way around the lathe, but I have been rearranging my shop quite a bit and my scrap piles keep getting moved so I decided it was finally time to put some of those “to good to burn” scraps to use. Worst I could do is make smaller kindling out of them.

The first to fall victim was the curly Maple tea light holder, then the Walnut holder then I got brave enough to try a small bowl. By the time I got around to the bowl I think I finally have sharpening down to being adequate.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.





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Chris

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#1 posted 1943 days ago

It’s a nice start… Beware the addiction known as “turning”.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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woodworm

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#2 posted 1942 days ago

Very nice turning projects.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 1942 days ago

If you would liike to learn woodturning, join a club. I’ve played with turning for about 20 years. I joined a club last November and the things I learned in that short time has made turning much more fun. It also corrected many mistakes that I had been making.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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mranum

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#4 posted 1942 days ago

Thanks for the kind words guys. I have been thinking about the turning club, but the closest one is quite a ways away. I know I know….... just do it already :)

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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Bob #2

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#5 posted 1942 days ago

A lot of the clubs are merely “show and tell” sessions. Make sure they have a guest listing and invite talented turners in for speaking and denmonstrations.
If that’s not happening then get to alibrary and find a cuople of good books . If you like them buy a copy for reference.
There are alos some pretty decent videos on Youtube as well as a few DVD’s for sale.
Fire up your google.

Good luck.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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mranum

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#6 posted 1942 days ago

Actually I use my library a LOT when learning new techniques in the shop. I do a fair amount of research online then go to me library’s website and put in requests for available materials right from home. When I find some that I really want I will buy them when I can. Frank Klausz’ videos are a good example of that. Every time I watch them I pick up something I didn’t see before.

I’ve gotten several books and videos on turning, some I liked and some just went right over my head.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 1942 days ago

The only way to learn is by hands on. You can’t learn it from a book. Good start

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Bill Akins

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#8 posted 1942 days ago

I have just started myself, ain’t turning great?

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1942 days ago

Nice first turning . I respectfully disagree with Mike I’ve have never had a mentor or neighbor to show me how to do any aspect of woodworking but have learned most of what I know from books and magazines. Even though you can learn from a book you can’t learn all aspects of any technique until you have experienced making the project or operation perhaps one to a hundred times that’s were talent comes into play. perfection may never be achieved but satisfaction and joy will be abundant.

Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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mranum

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#10 posted 1941 days ago

Well no matter how a person learns their craft whether it be clubs, mentors or just self education….

Its all good. :)

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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taidsturning

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#11 posted 1940 days ago

Very nice start. I have to say that I bought a lot of books and tried to learn something from every one of them. I learned a lot from some of the step-by-step directions on making boxes by Richard Raffin. One of the mottos I have repeated often (not really in jest) is:

Steal one idea they call it plagarism. Steal a bunch they call it research.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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GaryCN

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#12 posted 1940 days ago

I just purchased a lathe, have not used it much. But I ordered a Lathe Spindle Taps from Beall Tool Co Spindle Taps. It arrived with a free DVD “Tool Demos” It shows how to use the tap but has a lot more info.
the free DVD was very informative. I do belong to a local woodworking club Michigan Woodworkers Guild
and I will try to get some training with them. My lathe is the Steel City mini with the extension bed. I’ve added
a Nova Chuck and a #2 MT with a 1/2’ drill chuck but basically have not used it for anything yet. I’m looking
for a few easy projects. I’m slowly adding wood turners to my friends list here. That is giving me incentive.
take a look at the review the tap was about $30 including shipping the free DVD is an added bonus.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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