A Real Grind

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 01-02-2016 04:28 PM 1067 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I just got a new lathe before Christmas and spent some time learning the ins and outs of turning. Well OK, a lot of time. But it was enjoyable. Outside of a few pens and attempts that turned out to be door stops, I was able to finish these pepper grinders for Christmas presents. Walnut and Maple with Danish Oil and wipe on poly finish. With learning how to sharpen tools and proper technique, neither of which I have mastered, I didn’t realize how steep the learning curve can be. Thanks for looking and any tips are greatly appreciated.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 01-02-2016 06:18 PM

John, They all look great to me….. I have my Dads old Craftsman lathe that has been in my shop since I built it 14 years ago and have yet to fire it up…. One of these days!!! Have a Happy New Year….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 01-02-2016 07:50 PM

Thanks Max. I didn’t realize the lathe would be as difficult to get the hang of as it is. I had some old turning tools and spent time practicing my sharpening technique. Still have a ways to go but am getting better. Ended up getting a wolverine system to help and this made it much easier. Now if I can just get the hang of the skew.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 01-02-2016 08:21 PM

Lovely f grinders. It looks like you substantially flattened down that learning curve quite quickly. Nice work.

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#4 posted 01-02-2016 10:06 PM

Turning is really fun, and these came out great. Where did you get the hardware? I have a lot of respect for the lathe, it is pretty scary when things fly or explode on it.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 01-02-2016 10:31 PM

The lathe is certainly being put to good use John, as these are wonderful pepper mills. You can never go wrong with walnut and maple. They complement each other so well. For years I used a set of HSS tools and never sharpened them. Of course, over the years I could count on both hands how many times I have used the lathe. I recently bought a set of the new-fangled carbide tipped lathe tools that you can turn when they dull. I have yet to try them though. Best wishes with the new lathe. I know that many woodworkers get the turning bug once they start.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 01-03-2016 12:08 AM

bobasaurus, Thanks for the kind words. I got the hardware from Craft Supplies, USA. I got the 8” version. I have had a couple of catches with the bowl gouge and skew and they do cause you to jump. I am getting a little better but still need work on both the bowl gouge and skew.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 01-03-2016 12:10 AM

Hey Lenny, Hope you folks had a GREAT Holiday. I have looked at the carbide tipped tools but as of yet have not purchased any. Thought I would try to learn the ones I have first and maybe expand as I get better or more into the Lathe.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#8 posted 01-03-2016 12:47 PM

I like em. I really like the wood combos also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 01-04-2016 10:36 AM

Nice job – 90% of the battle is in the lamination stage – yours look good – keep on keeping on Dude!

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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#10 posted 01-07-2016 02:33 AM

Beautiful work John. Looks like you will be producing a lot of shavings in the near future.
As for learning to sharpen, I’ll pass along a tip. Once you learn to get those finely honed edges on your tools, be careful who you tell . . . All of your friends and neighbours have lots of dull kitchen knives that they will want to bring over. Kidding aside, getting those sharpening methods and skills up to where you want them to be will be well worthwhile.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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