My first lathe project...

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Project by poopiekat posted 12-05-2009 12:46 AM 3055 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piano stool was made from salvaged 2” X 2” red beech dunnage lumber from where I work. The seat screw is from Lee Valley, and the brass ball-and-claw feet are from Van Dyke’s. This stool was finished in red mahogany stain and a few coats of poly, sanded between coats. Beech is nice, but it’s a little tough on my lathe tools! Thanks for looking.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#1 posted 12-05-2009 01:02 AM

I can’t wait until I get a lathe, And I can finally “round” off my woodworking skills. That and carving. I like the stool, You finished it rather close to the color of the piano. Matching older finish is one of the toughest parts of being a woodworker. I sure hope my first lathe project looks as good as that.

All “Around” nice job on the stool.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#2 posted 12-05-2009 01:05 AM

Great job and very advanced for a ‘first’.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 12-05-2009 01:36 AM

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#4 posted 12-05-2009 04:37 AM

Very advanced, ambitious 1st project. Well done!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 12-05-2009 04:38 AM

Super stool

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#6 posted 12-05-2009 08:00 AM

Was there any piece anywhere on that stool that didn’t require turning? That is an unbeliveably tough first project. Congratulations on a fantastic success!

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#7 posted 12-05-2009 08:53 AM

As nice as anything I can turn on my CNC. Nice styling also.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 12-05-2009 03:56 PM

Wow what a first project! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 12-06-2009 04:26 AM

You did a great job on this project. I love these kiind of stools. The ball and claw feet are very nice, I have seen them in Van Dykes also, they have alot of nice items to buy for specail projects like yours.


-- Robin Renee'

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#10 posted 12-06-2009 05:44 AM

I refinished one like that once and that was a a lot of work but turning one as a first project … amazing. I wonder how many people got their start in turning from looking a lumberjocks projects. One is on my list when i retire!

-- Stephen NYS

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#11 posted 12-06-2009 09:52 AM

Hey Poopiekat,
Sweet designed stool and great finish…very well done.

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#12 posted 12-06-2009 05:19 PM

Very nice work ,,,,and for a first project ..excellent

-- Ray,Iowa

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#13 posted 12-08-2009 07:03 PM

Thanks for all the great comments! Though I should clarify something…it’s technically not my ‘first’ turning project…it’s my first satisfactorially completed one! all the previous ones were taken with us on our camping trip last year… yup, into the campfire they went, the dig-in accidents, the things that flew off the spur into a dozen pieces, ones with checks and splits, and ones that split or warped after turning.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#14 posted 12-10-2009 07:48 PM

Awsome indeed Ray!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#15 posted 12-14-2009 01:32 AM

Great job!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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