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Project by Mauricio posted 05-01-2017 12:31 PM 655 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a company selling these online for like $80 bucks and thought, hey, I can make that! Not really…

Turns out turning a sphere is hard enough on a good lathe, I have a crappy old craftsman tube lath with no chucks or anything.

I ended up finishing it with spoke shaves, looks cool but by no means is it symmetrical. Now its an ornament in my living room.

Made from scraps of alder and walnut finished with wax.

Thanks for looking,


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-01-2017 12:48 PM

Just got a lathe. Not trying anything like that. Good job sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-01-2017 02:56 PM

Gives a new meaning to hand-crafted. LOL!! Nicely done Mauricio.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 05-01-2017 06:37 PM

Mauricio, even though you didn’t have the equipment you think you needed I bet that you enjoyed it anyways and learned a lot as well. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 05-01-2017 06:56 PM

Thanks for the comments all. It was fun to get in the shop and make a few shavings.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 05-02-2017 12:53 PM

those are fun to make!

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