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Project by David posted 11-12-2015 10:37 PM 818 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Received a lathe for this birthday (last year was a Laguna Saw). Made the first project on it for my Wife. Made from a scrap of redwood. I still need to practice, as the side of the tenon portion are a bit thin, but for my very first time using a lathe, I am pleased. More importantly, the Wife is happy.

It is finished with what I had, bees wax & mineral oil (from making cutting boards).





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Woodbridge

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 10:45 PM

great turning.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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John

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 04:52 AM

Best present ever. Good start on it!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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jeff

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 05:16 AM

I bet you can’t wait to get started on another turning project :)

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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David

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#4 posted 11-13-2015 05:16 PM

Thank you all! I really enjoy woodworking, I only wish there was a school or club nearby, but with YouTube, it is only a click away. (c:

I cannot wait to get started on the next project, maybe a pen, but everything I read says not too, it is like meth or crack, very habit forming….

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branch

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#5 posted 11-13-2015 07:15 PM

hi great turning for your first try looks good
a lot better than my first turning
the fire got it

branch

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LesB

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#6 posted 11-14-2015 05:13 PM

You are off to a great start.
Redwood is very difficult to work with on a lathe because the wood is so soft, prone to end grain tear out and sanding it usually removes more wood between the growth rings creating a bumpy texture.
I suggest working with a harder wood. Most fruit and nut wood makes good turning material and there is always someone around cutting down an old tree in your yard.

-- Les B, Oregon

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peteg

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#7 posted 11-14-2015 08:40 PM

Great start, you know you should always keep your first turn to use as a criteria for judging your progress along the way, I can see why your wife is happy :)
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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David

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#8 posted 11-14-2015 09:31 PM

LesB,

Thank you very much for that information about the wood, I wasn’t aware. I did find out though that the sanding removes a lot more than I anticipated.

I’m going to get a bit of maple and try that. Again, thank you!

Dave


You are off to a great start.
Redwood is very difficult to work with on a lathe because the wood is so soft, prone to end grain tear out and sanding it usually removes more wood between the growth rings creating a bumpy texture.
I suggest working with a harder wood. Most fruit and nut wood makes good turning material and there is always someone around cutting down an old tree in your yard.

- LesB


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David

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#9 posted 11-14-2015 09:33 PM

Pete,

I plan on keeping it, and I also leaned I should date them so I can look back and go, “what was I thinking?” LoL!!

Thank you

Dave


Great start, you know you should always keep your first turn to use as a criteria for judging your progress along the way, I can see why your wife is happy :)
pete

- peteg


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David

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#10 posted 11-14-2015 09:34 PM

Branch,

I’m not happy with it, but the wife is. I am a perfectionist, so I’ll probably be eve be happy. (c:

Dave


hi great turning for your first try looks good
a lot better than my first turning
the fire got it

branch

- branch


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