|Project by scrappy||posted 07-07-2009 04:56 AM||1826 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
Hello All! I finnaly got a lathe! wooo hoo! Well sort of. My neighbor and I were talking the other day about what I was working on now. that one of these days I would like to get a lathe. He says he has one been sitting in the garage for the last 6 years and if I want I can set it up in my shop. WELL HECK YEAH!
It is a 12×41 spindle lathe by Craftsman. 1/2 HP motor, belt drive. He had 5 gouges/scrapers with it so I have tools to use also! Does not have a chuck or mount plate for turning bowls (YET) but if I can get it between the spindle mounts I can turn it.
Have not touched a lathe in about 20 years so had to re-learn what not to do. ( wood chips everywhere in the garage now) Practiced on a couple of 6in long 2×2s that were all I had that wasn’t 3/4 thick or less. Decided to glue up a couple of pieces of walnut and birch from pallets that I had and turned the 2 ceiling fan pull chain fobs last night.. ( wife thinks I can make christmass ornaments for presents this year. We will see)
This afternoon I remembered that I had a piece of fire wood stashed that we had gotten from my sister in law for coasters. (See this project) got that out and VERY carfully sliced it into pieces short enough for me to play/prctice on.
The first piece I tried to get to look like an acorn. The second one is kinda like a old style be hive ( from the OLD cartoons) Third one was supposed to be another acorn but looks more like a plant pot upside down.
Drilled 1 1/2inch holes for the small votive candles in them and called them prctice pieces. The wife claimed all 3. She is happy so I am happy.
They are all 3 Aromatic Cedar. About 4 inch diam. and 4 inch tall.( bee hive only 3 inch tall)
Please leave all comments and critiques as I am just learning and would like to improve.
Thank You all for looking.
-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!