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Project by Chase posted 1541 days ago 1281 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having gotten some instructions on all the various things was I was doing WAY wrong with respect to turning I set out to try my hand at a little test piece. I didnt have a big roughing gouge, and was trying to do all my roughing of square stock with a small detail gouge. In addition, I didnt realize that part of my chuck was a tapered fit and would come out if I coaxed it. These and a lathe DC hood took roughing and turning from a nightmare to a dream. This was done with out any proper beading tools, so the two beads are a little off, and the “ball” on top is a bit more like a mushroom.

Finally i tried to finish the purpleheart with mineral oil. Don’t do that, it makes it go completely brown. luckily i was able to get the oil off and the purple is starting to come back. hopefully it will improve with time.

Overall it isn’t perfect, but still turned out decently. I look forward to making an army of them.

-Chase

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.





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TungOilTim

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#1 posted 1541 days ago

Looks nice to me. I’m wanting to learn more about turning, if you have any resources that you used, then please let me know.

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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DaddyZ

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#2 posted 1541 days ago

Nice Looking piece !

Practice makes more sawdust!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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CarlR

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#3 posted 1541 days ago

Nice looking chess piece. I’m also fairly new to turning but found it to be rewarding and challenging. I posted a chess set that I turned several weeks ago.
You will find the real difficulty is turning pieces as close to each other is the real challenge.
I wasn’t worried how the the first pawn looked but strived to turn the next one identical to it.
Please post your progress and good luck.

-- Carl R Mesaros

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tomd

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#4 posted 1541 days ago

I agree with Carl, with all those pawns standing in a line next to each other it is difficult to make each one exactly alike, not only in shape but also the grain and color of the wood must match or they will look odd.

-- Tom D

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Richard Alexander

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#5 posted 1540 days ago

Interesting post. I’ve got a lot to learn about lathe turning. Try putting your piece in the oven for a few minutes. I believe that’ll bring the color back.

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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