Large Diameter Turnings

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Project by Pick posted 1656 days ago 1726 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was fiddling around with some large diameter turnings for wall clocks and whatnot. These are some photos of one of my biggest pieces, about 36” in diameter. SUPER FUN! I used 8/4 basswood, even with dull tools it turned like butter.

I traded in my normal turning shield for my old hockey helmet. It just seemed safer that way. I was turning on an Oliver patternmakers lathe. That hummer was variable speed and was really a great unit. We bolted that unit to the floor, and then we found out that it was a floating floor, so it did not do a whole lot of good. I miss having that machine available to me.


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#1 posted 1656 days ago

WOW. My biggest turning ever was 16” in diameter and that was a battle (eventually, I won). I can’t imagine turning something that is 36” in diameter. My hat is off to you.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 1656 days ago

Welcome to LJs. That’s quite a turning. Look’s like the hockey helmet was a good idea. Very fascinating.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#3 posted 1656 days ago

Quite the turning. Welcome to Lj’s

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 1656 days ago

Very cool indeed

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 1656 days ago

Wow big

-- Custom furniture

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 1656 days ago

That must be a good feeling to work outside the machine like that. I would expect you have to be extra careful with the support not being an integral part of the machine. good luck with yoru big projects and good turning!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 1656 days ago

wow, what a massive turning…. well done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#8 posted 1656 days ago

Cool! Smart on the hockey helmet!

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#9 posted 1655 days ago

Well I have done 20”regularly and if you have the rigth speed is not dificult,even my student (girl) turn some,look at my videos in youtube under Peruturner(utucuro plate and see her turning a 20” plate

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#10 posted 1655 days ago

Nice large turning, hope turns out ok.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 1651 days ago

I have an old Delta/Rockwell that I’ve been dying to turn larger stuff on the outboard spindle. Need to get a freestanding toolrest but they are mega expensive. Anyone have ideas on how to make one?

-- Hassan, Chattanooga, TN -

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#12 posted 1651 days ago


how did ya handle the SMELL? Basswood is St-in-kyyyyyy stuff.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#13 posted 1634 days ago

Great turning. Nice job and the restoration of the hockey helmet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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