My First Wood Turning Project

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Project by BrentH posted 07-25-2015 05:20 PM 950 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always wanted to try wood turning—so 9 months ago I bought an inexpensive lathe. (I soon found out that was the just the beginning—and the easiest part—of tooling up for wood turning!)

I figured I’d mess up my first attempt, so I put together layers of scrap woods in different patterns so I could make all the mistakes at once.

I used wood from a walnut tree branch I’d cut and dried, wood from an old pallet skid (turned out to be beautiful, but rough cut, warped and bent—took some work to clean up), and some cherry wood from some old flooring samples I salvaged from a dumpster.

My expectations weren’t that high, but to my surprise, it worked out!

Only problem is, now I’m hooked!

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#1 posted 07-25-2015 09:00 PM

and no one is saying that there is no cure for this addiction?
i’m hooked too…
very nice bowl
cheers, Marijan

-- bambi

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#2 posted 07-25-2015 09:12 PM

Yeaaah Buddy! You’ve gone and done it now. You’re on a very slippery slope, and there’s no getting off! CONGRATS on such a beautiful first piece!

Oh, and WELCOME to LJs !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 07-25-2015 10:18 PM

I can see that you are progressing very well , welcome to the wacky world of woodturning, nothing is sacred here, and you will find everyone your friend, keep experimenting, and turning out those nice projects. Glad to have you as a buddy. By the way, I was a pilot too, I could pile it higher than anyone else.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#4 posted 07-26-2015 01:39 AM

Who? I ask, who, decides to “take up turning”, and starts with a segmented turning? You’re a nut, Brent. And, oh, by the bye, it’s lovely. Good work. So you know now that the machine was the cheapest part of the idea?

Woodsmithery: The sport of the easily-distracted.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 07-26-2015 01:07 PM

Good job…....and welcome to the vortex. You are and will be sucked all the way in, like the rest of us!!!!

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#6 posted 07-27-2015 12:42 AM

Very nice!

-- just rjR

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