2015's Homemade Christmas Presents

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Project by HeavyD posted 12-17-2015 03:54 AM 877 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I post so rarely, I thought I would share my most recent projects. Bought a used lathe a couple of months ago and I have been having a blast with it. So far everything has been done with firewood and pallet wood, maybe soon I will work with something nicer. The lathe came with a super cheap set of knives that had been badly butchered when someone tried to sharpen them. I have been able to clean the edges up a little but they don’t hold an edge at all. I have a nice Sorby roughing gouge I picked up from Busy Bee, and might get some carbide knives in a boxing day sale.

I tried to ebonize the snowmen’s hats with tea and vinegar/steel wool but it didn’t come out nearly as dark as I wanted so I ended up painting them.

Can anyone identify the wood used in the picture of the single snowman? It was just a random log out of my firewood pile, but I think it’s beautiful. I would rescue some more from the pile, but I don’t remember what it looked like.

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#1 posted 12-17-2015 04:46 AM

Very nice, what are the little items used for? I have never tried using a lathe. I’m pretty sure I have about every other type of tool but not a lathe.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 12-17-2015 05:02 AM

HeavyD can’t help you with the wood, but it looks like you are ready for the holidays. I have one of those lathes. It’s great for my snowmen, smaller bowls etc. Have fun!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 12-17-2015 05:05 AM

I guess I forgot to explain. The 6 little figures are wine stoppers, and the 10 little boxes are cube in a cube Christmas tree ornaments.

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#4 posted 12-17-2015 12:24 PM

I could b wrong, but the first wood that came to mind would be ash for the single snow man.
Again, I’m not sure, but it’s my best guess.
I’m sure someone will correct me soon if I’m wrong!!

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#5 posted 12-17-2015 07:27 PM

I envy you -beautiful lathe. Very nice projects came out of it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 12-17-2015 08:56 PM

Nice and no better way to practice than the firewood pile!

I even raid it for wood to make bottle openers from!

Harbor Fright—(Freight) has a nice small lathe for around $100 with a discount coupon! Variable sped yet! I bought one about 3 months ago and am slowly—SLOWLY learning a little about running it!

A friend gave me a set of Buck Brothers chisels and I even use some ordinary wood chisels for the roughing!

Firewood is good—Burn the screw-ups!

-- just rjR

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#7 posted 12-17-2015 10:23 PM

The wood in question if that is it’s true colour could be butternut.

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#8 posted 12-18-2015 12:12 AM

Not quite the woods true color, it is finished with tung oil, it had a slightly green tint to it when it was unfinished. I have had several people say it might be ash so I might need to try to find another ash log in the pile.

I think the snowmen are a great learning opportunity. Not terribly complex, but uses most of my chisels and getting the parts round is a challenge. Great way to learn the techniques.

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