A Star is Born

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Project by toyguy posted 12-19-2009 04:54 AM 1814 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think I am starting to get the hang of this turning thing…. This project might be my best work so far. Not perfect, I know…. nothing is, but definitely a move in the right direction. I’m very happy with this one, but my next will be better, I’m sure…....

This is a lidded box. I used Bob Hamilton's video, tutorial and turning techniques (thanks again Bob) to get me started and then went in my own direction. Nothing new here in the turning world… but new to me. Constructed from maple and purple heart. 7 1/2” in diameter, 4” high to top of lid, and then another 3” of finial. The finial gave me a lot of grieve, but I am getting better with a skew…...Still needs to be buffed, but that might have to wait until after Christmas, as I am pretty sure Santa is bringing me a buffing system.

Critiques welcome please…............ Thanks for looking.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Monty Queen

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 05:11 AM

Wow, The project is definately a star, very classy. Stunning and awesome.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 05:34 AM

I really like this you did a Great job! I’m going to have to try my hand at this kind of stuff.
Going to check out Bob Hamilton now…

Superb job!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 05:43 AM

WOW this looks amazing Brian super woods and design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 12-19-2009 08:47 AM

Only the maker can see the faults. Nice job.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 12:58 PM

you “think” you are getting the hang of it?? !!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 01:47 PM

I also read and watch videos about things, then do it my way usually. Guess that’s how we end up with a “style” of our own. Great job

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 02:00 PM

Brian, it definately looks like you are having fun. Your turnings get better with each one you post. This is certainly a nice piece.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 12-19-2009 03:29 PM

Fantastic Brian. I agree that this is your best piece so far. A real beauty it is too. It’s fun watching your rapid development. It will be interesting to see where you take it from here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 12-19-2009 03:44 PM

Beautiful! Excellent Lathe craftsmanship!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 12-19-2009 04:12 PM

Thanks everyone…. Stefang, I am also wondering where I am going…....... LOL !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 12-19-2009 09:03 PM

I like the combination of wood species!

I also like it when I see turnings that are not entirely round when completed. It shows creativity and craftsmanship.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#12 posted 12-20-2009 03:24 AM

very nice toyguy, i see you are getting the hang of this lathe thing, now it might be time to try a hollow form, just a thought, looks like your ready. have fun. great piece i love the final, but to my eye the foot looks like it could be a little smaller. just my 2 cents.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#13 posted 12-20-2009 06:03 AM

Excellent job…you are doing great! Thats a beautiful piece….It’s hard to go wrong with those two contrasting woods….As for finish…I wouldn’t make it any glossier….don’t buff with too much finish as I think the semi gloss is perfect for these woods…..I think alot of us tend to overdo the gloss in our turnings…I’ve been backing off on my finishes for some turnings….and am finding that it really helps make the grain pop out of a piece…just my opinion…glad to hear about your possible new buffing system – as find it handy on all your turnings…I have the beal system and it works wonders on a bowl….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#14 posted 12-20-2009 06:25 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 12-20-2009 12:22 PM

Thanks all for the comments and the Critiques, all duly noted for future reference…...

Roper…..... You are reading my mind…. I am thinking hollow form….. Soon !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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