First Turned Piece

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 1632 days ago 1392 views 0 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay….actually, this is the fourth piece I ever chucked into the lathe. The first was a piece of pine 2×2 just to try some simple spindle work. The second was a 5” diameter bowl, that would have been okay if I had taken my time smoothing it properly. The third piece was a much uglier cousin to this catalpa goblet.

It’s nothing fancy, but I can see how turning can turn into an addiction. :-)

Overall height is about 6”, and the finish is just Liberon wax applied on the lathe. Most of the work was done with the Easy Rougher Mini, and Easy Finisher Mini, a couple of great tools!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 1632 days ago

Nice work!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#2 posted 1632 days ago

Now you have me wanting to turn on my lathe… one project so far a little bit of square wood now looking like a dowel… then I turned it off and use it as a place to store small items…
Maybe when I get some time ….
Very nice for a first/fourth try…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 1632 days ago

Hey Charlie
What kind of box is this LOL looks good, look out Joe hear comes Charlie!

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1632 days ago

great box , charlie .

how are you going to hinge the top (LOL) ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 1632 days ago

Geez, you guys… I didn’t know I had such a one-dimensional reputation. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 1632 days ago

You’re really a closet turner aren’t you :) Nice work

-- Canadian Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#7 posted 1632 days ago

and theres me think you were a beer man Charlie nice wine goblet

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 1632 days ago

I have always wanted to get a lathe and give her a try. I too have always thought that if I did so, I would get addicted to it. I just know I would love it! I would only wish that my 1st (4th) project would look sooo good.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#9 posted 1632 days ago

Awesome job Charlie. I just turned a couple goblets they turned out ok. I have been looking at getting some of those easy rougher and easy finisher tools. Tell me what you think of those tool do they have any limitations. Superb work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 1632 days ago

Hey Chuck,

Pretty nice for a box guy. You have now done exactly as much turning as I have. You seem to have figured it out a lot better. Mine look a bit chattery.

Those tools look pretty cool. I might need to check them out.

Good job Sir,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 1632 days ago

Monty, if these tools have a downside, I haven’t found it yet. If a rookie turner like me can pick these up and get through a turning without a single hiccup, they must be pretty foolproof.

The rougher takes off material fast, and there is no guesswork about angles… you just keep the tool flat and level. Same goes for the finisher… a light touch with it gives you a really smooth surface. It works a lot like a round nosed scraper, but you never have to worry about sharpening.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 1632 days ago

Nice job.

I’m so envious of these LJs that turn their first piece (or second or third or fourth . . . ) and produce something that is really nice. I really struggled when I first started turning. I would not want anyone to see the first 10 – 20 pieces that I turned. Fortunately, I have had a few breakthroughs and I am reasonably comfortable with turning now. Indeed, I’m addicted.

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

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#13 posted 1632 days ago

nice goblet charlie,it’s all down hill from here, round boxes on the lathe will be your next thing. have fun and be safe. sharp tools are your friend.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#14 posted 1632 days ago

Charlie that is pretty darn good for the first few times. There wasn’t much left to take pictures of my first attempts. As a friend from PA told me once you start not much square will come out of your shop for a while. Happy turning.

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#15 posted 1632 days ago

Hey Charlie you got the bug, heh, heh! Your gpnna pay through the nose for all the goodies you just got to have now. Nice Goblet, Just beautiful.

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

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