More Practicing on the Lathe.....Shrooooms!!!!

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Project by scrappy posted 07-17-2009 08:37 AM 2028 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some more of my “Practice” pieces I have done this week. Just trying to get the hang of the lathe and tools. Trying different shapes and sizes. Even tried some hollowing ( bowl tops ) on the mushrooms.

Pic #2 is a Christmass Ornament that is made from Zebra wood. Got a 6×6x1 1/2 piece out of the cut off bin because it had a big crack running through it. That is why this is small. (avoiding the crack) Hangs about 3 inches long x 1 1/2 diameter.

Pic #3 is a Pull Chain Fob for a ceiling fan for a freind. Stacked some Walnut and Birch from pallets. About 7 inch long x 1 1/2 diam.

Pic # 4 is a group of mushrooms that I wanted to try something I saw on a turning site. Used a GREEN Branch ( cut off tree that day) and no finnish. Left rough for texture. Now I am waiting to see if they deform like the tutorial said. The center one is starting to lean to one side. Found out Green wood is a LOT easier to turn. Pealed nice long stirps with the gouges. Had to be very gentle though. This wood was soo soft that if I pushed a litle too hard with the gouge, it would “deflect” out of the center line, and not cut. Wood is Palo Verde tree.

Pic # 5 and # 6 are of a Large Mushroom Candle holder. Wood is Aeromatic cedar. I really like the shape of this one. Made it a natural as I could. Also left it unfinnished just for the oder. Ran the grain accross the piece this time just to try something different. It seems to be getting easier to turn the insides of these. It is awfull hard to get inside of the mushrood cap. Evan harder with haveing to use the tail stock and live center. Still haven’t gotten a turning plate or chuck for the lathe. and my tool rest is 8 inches long. Getting close on small stuff has been a challenge.

In the first pic, the 2 mushrooms on the left are both turned from a piece of old dried (I think) oak. It is used in shipping the trucks to my work. They have some interesting cracks in them that did not show up untill they were mostly turned. The wood in cracked all over but the cracks were worse inside. Two of these exploded while turning. Thank God I got my a face sheild before I started turning anything! One is unfinnished so far, the other has a couple of coats of Tung Oil/ Varnish.

For now I am still just playing around and getting used to the tools. Will be makeing more stuff like this to give as gifts. Mainly candle holders and Christmass ornaments. One day soon I hope to get a turning plate attachment so I can try bowls.

Thank you all for viewing.

Please leave ALL comments and Mostly critiques. I am just learning and realy would like your honest oppinions about how I am doing and what I can do to improve/make things easier.(techniques/ tricks/ etc..)


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 07-17-2009 10:32 AM

well done!
trying to get the hang of the lathe myself. taking a two days course. however, i found that although i can do pretty good spindle things, whenever i try to hollow something i end up with pieces of wood flying around the room… might be something wrong with my lathe, tools, chuck (or me? naaaaaaa)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 07-17-2009 11:38 AM

Looking good Scrappy! Those practice pieces are “turning” out quite nice! Sorry.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#3 posted 07-17-2009 12:25 PM

Great looking pieces. I used to make those mushrooms a whole lot bigger with a chainsaw. That was in my younger years though.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 07-17-2009 12:54 PM

Very nice

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 07-17-2009 04:38 PM

Hey Scrappy
Looks like lots of fun lathe play

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#6 posted 07-17-2009 09:12 PM

so much fun.
well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 07-18-2009 02:19 AM

Thank You all for the nice comments.

Will be back in the shop tonight making more dust.

Thanks Again.


P.S. Blockhead, That was expected from someone. Just couldn’t help yourself huh? haha

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 07-18-2009 03:17 PM

Nice turnings, you are doing very well. Don’t forget your shield and dust mask.

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

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#9 posted 07-18-2009 07:18 PM

jockmike2, That was the FIRST thing I bought for the lathe. Have allready had a couple of pieces expode. I have heard the horror stories and allways have safety first in my mind.



-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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