Just fiddling around on the lathe...

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Project by dbhost posted 09-23-2009 01:27 AM 2173 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If it’s not obvious from the pictures, I am still learning to turn. I have been pretty busy with studying for a professional exam today, and I needed a break…

I have heard repeatedly work the wood until it becomes what it wants to, or simply remove everything that is not what it is supposed to be… Which I believe I did…

I still have no clue what it is… I was thinking maybe lamp, but it’s too short…

Material is aromatic red cedar, total height 4.25”. Diameter. Dunno, didn’t measure. Finish is linseed oil & wax…

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 01:29 AM

That’s definitely a start. Everyone has to start somewhere.

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

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 01:41 AM

Full of goofs too. But it was fun…

I’ve done better, but I am sure that was an accident…

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 01:59 AM

Drill a hole in the top and make a candle holder. Looks like you’re getting good pratice and that’s what counts(and having fun). looks good.

-- John @

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 02:37 AM

Everyone does things like those when they start turning,just keep up and soon you will maKE A LAMP AND OTHER THINGS ,BRAVOO

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#5 posted 09-23-2009 02:51 AM

Everyone starts out somehow….and that looks like a great start. I would say it would make a good pepper or salt shaker…hollow the bottom…drill small holes on top….make a cork to close the bottom…and wallah!....

One of the fun methods of turning is the free form….you just get to go where the wood takes you. I do much more planned projects these days…so I miss just doing a free form alot. When learning though…the free form gives you the feel of the wood…the action of the tools…and different methods/angles for the tools and their effects. That way you will be better prepared when you want to plan a project and will know which tools…and how to use them for the desired effect.

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#6 posted 09-23-2009 04:06 AM

There is another one on the lathe right now. I have some really tough knots in it, but have been able to keep them intact… I have heard of folks filling the voids in knots and stuff, but no idea what with. Epoxy maybe? Any clues?

I am really just getting practice with the skew. I have been using the roughing gouge, and bowl gougue, not to mention a spindlemaster way too much. I have had VERY bad results with the skew until I got after it today, it seems to be all in the touch…

I LOVE the idea of making a candle holder out of this thing…

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#7 posted 09-23-2009 04:49 AM

To fill voids and cracks I use CA (Super Glue) with a mix of sawdust….try to use the dust that comes off the piece. You can also use wood glue…even wood putty….The CA I use is thick and slower set up….I use an accelerant as soon as I have filled the gaps.

Sounds like your skew needed sharpening or…you may have been holding it incorrectly. The skew should meet the wood just slightly above center…it is for cutting the wood…not scraping…although you can scrape with one by moving it lower – It is all just a matter of feel…..the important thing is not to use the tool too high on the piece or you will get grain tear or chip out.

Always keep your tools sharp….I keep a diamond hone near my lathe to put a quick edge on a tool when I am turning – most of the time that is all I need for a pretty long session…but if it gets dull…(you can tell by how the wood comes off your piece)....then I will go to the stones…I like water stones for turning tools….the only time I use a grinder is if the tool has been damaged or has been really dulled.

Of course this is my method…other methods will work as well or better….you can get good tips on stance and tool use from one of the turning CD’s or I recommend David Ellsworth’s book or CD/DVD set. He teaches good basic techniquie.

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#8 posted 09-23-2009 05:33 AM

Nice fiddling

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#9 posted 09-23-2009 07:27 AM

Great time at the lathe! Doesn’t matter what it is, it was practice! Some time I don’t know what something is going to be untill I’m done. I agree with Huff, looks like a candle holder to me!

Thanks Reggiek for the information on skews. Also, others have filled holes with CA but use stone, metal shavings or some other medium to fill the knots and cracks in. It does give the piece “POP” with the contrasting material.

Keep up the prctice and you will be getting the feel of the tools fast. Prastice,Practice,Practice!


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

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#10 posted 09-23-2009 10:29 AM

I think you did a real good job on the beads. Beginners often have a lot of trouble with these. You are doing the right thing learning to use you skew chisel. It is a very flexible tool which can do a lot of things besides smoothing that other turning tools can’t. Many folks are afraid of them and that is a shame. It’s great to practice, but since you are using the time and materials, and you seem to be doing very well, why not make something useful? You might find it even more rewarding.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 09-24-2009 12:51 AM

Thanks for the kind comments folks… As far as sharpness of the skews goes. I have a turner friend of mine just told me to keep honing the tools on a whetstone, keeping the angle flat, sort of like a pocket knife, but more flat… That is what I have been doing, and honestly, I can hurt myself pretty easily on my skew… I don’t know if that is right or wrong, but it seems to work for me…

My gouges present an interesting problem. and I generally hone them by hand on wet / dry sandpaper. The stuff for auto body work. It takes forever, but seems worth it…

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#12 posted 09-24-2009 01:35 AM

Not bad for just messing around.

I find turning a good stress reliever.

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#13 posted 09-24-2009 04:29 AM

That’s kind of how I found myself out there… Stress relief… And honestly, that whatchamacallit, is part of a spindle that I went too deep into… The other part is back on the lathe…

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#14 posted 09-24-2009 07:21 PM

I have found that my tools can never be too sharp….I can feel when they are dull by way of how they are cutting on the wood – it becomes second nature almost). Your method sounds good to me as that is pretty near what I will do with my tools unless there is a nick or a bad spot in the metal that I have to grind out (my variable speed grinder has some spider webs on it now to show how often I use it)...I would still suggest you keep a diamond hone (I use the flat one for skews and a round one for gouges) near your lathe for a quick touch up….

I agree with the stress relief for sure…turning takes me into my own world during the time the piece is twirling and I am getting the feel of it on my tools….I have yet to find something that is so all encompassing. Sometimes I forget that feeling when I am rushing to get a planned project done….I have to thank you for reminding me of the basic enjoyment I get out of just turning for fun…

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#15 posted 10-16-2009 05:16 PM

This is obviously a pawn for giant chess game. Now only 31 more pieces to go!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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