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Project by jeffswildwood posted 10-10-2017 08:42 PM 1127 views 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am very new at using a lathe. This is my first attempt at making a lathe box. After watching hundreds of videos I finally gave one a try and this is it. Lots of mistakes but also lots of learning! The wood is a chunk of spalted maple that fell from my tree and was in the burn pile. A little more practice and I should get better. I must say it was tough but a lot of fun!!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".





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KelleyCrafts

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#1 posted 10-10-2017 08:47 PM

I’m not surprised you’re already starting to try this kind of stuff. Glad I told you to get that chuck.

Box looks great and definitely awesome for the first time. You will need to get a parting tool or you’ll have to add a dowel niple to the top of all of your projects. My opinion, you should have made the lid flatter and parted off the top wood part in order to not have the hole in the top from the tail stock. Assuming that’s why you have a wooden nipple up there?? If any of that made sense is the next question…lol

Nice wooden boob though, and you could even use it to hold stuff! (milk maybe?)

I’m totally joking with you Jeff. I personally am not a fan of the top but VERY IMPRESSED you already took this kind of thing on. You’ve owned a lathe for like 5 minutes. Excellent job man.

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jeffswildwood

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#2 posted 10-10-2017 08:55 PM

Thanks Dave, actually the top was smooth but my wife said it needed a lift. :-) So I drilled it and added the top piece. After I smoothed the log it was G3 the rest of the way. Thanks for the comments, I appreciate the tips and honesty. That’s what I need to learn! I have a new respect for you and Ken and the beer steins you made! :-))

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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KelleyCrafts

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#3 posted 10-10-2017 08:59 PM

Well those beer steins were a first for the both of us. Mine had some lid issues at the hinge that Kenny got to learn from during the build. He knew you two were swapping so him and I built our mugs and sent daily progress pics and convo about technique. So we had two heads going on those mugs for sure. I assume you hollowed it out with a forstner bit first? Do you have a jacobs chuck for your tail stock? That helps a lot, I used a giant harbor freight bit but if I were going to make many mugs I would buy a large good quality forstner bit. Drop the cash for that for a good smooth cut.

That lathe and chuck are going to make you money in no time flat.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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jeffswildwood

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#4 posted 10-10-2017 09:08 PM

I am looking for a chuck now, for the forstner bits. This was done completely with some very nice carbide cutters. :-))

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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KelleyCrafts

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#5 posted 10-10-2017 09:11 PM

Oh…that is a lot of work for sure then.

I use the jacobs chuck from harbor freight and it’s ok. I definitely recommend putting more money into a single large forstner of good quality. The HF one I burnt up pretty easily. I took it slow and steady but I couldn’t win with it. I will clean it up but I know you’re thinking of making many hollow items so definitely get a good bit or two. Just my .02

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 10-10-2017 09:12 PM

Nice looking flour canister, Jeff. Just need to make matching sugar, salt, and coffee ones. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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KelleyCrafts

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#7 posted 10-10-2017 09:15 PM

Get your mind out of the kitchen Dave…SMH

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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ralbuck

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#8 posted 10-10-2017 09:19 PM



Nice looking flour canister, Jeff. Just need to make matching sugar, salt, and coffee ones. ;-)

- Dave Polaschek


Totally true! I am sure the wife already suggested that!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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jeffswildwood

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#9 posted 10-10-2017 09:54 PM

Thanks guys! Actually my wife really liked it! So this one is a keeper. :-))

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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poospleasures

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#10 posted 10-10-2017 11:01 PM

Way to go buddy. You are one fast learner. I was probably at least a year into turning before I tried one of those. I think it is special that you hollowed it with cutters. Keep up the good stuff.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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jeffswildwood

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#11 posted 10-10-2017 11:10 PM

Thanks Vernon. That’s how I keep my learning curve up. By trying things that are above my skill level. Believe me, I learned a lot on this one!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 10-10-2017 11:55 PM

Awesome Jeff! Those carbide tools sure do make hard projects a LOT more approachable! I like the box and have no doubt the wife claimed it ;-)

I actually found that roughing out with a forstner may not be a real time saver. I did like Dave with the beer stein and drilled it out with a 2 1/8” bit before hollowing it but I turned a cup a couple weeks ago and just dug right in with the round carbide and was surprised how quick it went. YMMV of course…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 10-11-2017 12:08 AM

You did a great job on this Jeff. The spalted maple box is one of the finest looking ones. I know I have a few around here myself. Try to find another small piece and make the lift the same. I hope you are signing them. Keep turning

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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jeffswildwood

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#14 posted 10-11-2017 12:11 AM

Thanks Ken. I have to admit those cutters and the Nova G3 made a world of difference. You and Dave were very correct on that part and I do recommend them. Hard to believe up until July I was scared to death of a lathe! :-) Amazing what a little bit of hands on training can do! Thanks buddy!! Like I said, Knowledge replaces fear.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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jeffswildwood

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#15 posted 10-11-2017 12:15 AM

Thanks Dave! I cut about four blanks from the same branch so there is more to come. Plenty of small parts on it also so I may replace it with some. Who know, I may be mailing YOU a beer koozie one day! :-)

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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