First Turning on a Lathe: Mini-Bat

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Project by Paul Bucalo posted 04-10-2016 02:13 PM 380 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first ever turning on a wood lathe: a mini-bat made from seasoned oak board I acquired last year. The lathe is a Harbor Freight (HF) Midi-Lathe, purchased as a Christmas gift last year. I used a 3/4” spindle gouge (HF) to get the shape and a skew chisel to round the ends. As of these pictures, three wipe-on/rub-off coats of Watco Medium Walnut Danish Oil have been applied.

This will be a surprise present for my 12 year old grandson.

Just off the lathe and ends cut with a Zona saw.

This gives an idea of the bat’s size: 8-1/2” long.

Not bad for my first use of a wood lathe. And I didn’t injure myself in the process!

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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#1 posted 04-10-2016 04:20 PM

Nicely done! Especially for the first turning!

I think I have the same lathe and am slowly going to learn to use it decently!

I bought mine just to make smaller toy parts.

-- just rjR

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#2 posted 04-11-2016 06:57 AM

hej Paul ,watch out…it’s addicting
wellcome to turning family

-- bambi

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#3 posted 04-11-2016 01:00 PM

Nice job on the “little Slugger”.
Looking forward to seeing more of your “hits”!!!

I too turned a small bat….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 04-11-2016 02:47 PM

Nice turning, keep on spinning.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 04-12-2016 09:14 AM

Hi Paul, you seem to have accumulated a whole load of new tools since I last looked,
and now your first turning is a little beauty.
Just beware that Turning comes with a health warning;
it can be addictive.!!!

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