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Project by InsideTheBox posted 02-06-2018 12:36 AM 1267 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just purchased a used mini lathe and am learning the skill of turning. My first attempt was with a little basswood cube that became a tiny little bowl—big enough to hold about 8 stacked pennies— and then I had to try out a piece of Bradford Pear that was a gift from my friend Steve. It had this beautiful live edge on it so of COURSE I had to leave that on…even though I had no idea what I was getting into. Quite a learning experience! The bark that embedded itself in my finger is healing nicely… :)

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.





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Andybb

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 12:43 AM

Very nice! Just got into turning also and am finishing up my 1st project on a vintage lathe that I acquired and refurbished. Sorry to hear about the finger. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Terry Osnach

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 01:40 AM

Nicely done, lathe work is not work.

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OG51

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 03:03 AM

Congrats on your new used lathe and lovely piece. Turning is almost meditative and completely concur that lathe work is not work.

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 02-06-2018 04:17 AM

Fantastic work. I really like live edged things.

A mini-lathe still turns small things as well as a big one would!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 02-06-2018 04:24 AM

Beautiful live edge bowl! This makes me want to learn the lathe.

-- Marlena, Pittsburgh

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 02-06-2018 01:42 PM

This is a beautiful bowl and the wood with live edge is wonderful. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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InsideTheBox

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#7 posted 02-06-2018 06:08 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments.

Marlena—you’ve gotta try it, I highly recommend it—OG51 is right, it’s quite therapeutic.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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Grumpy

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#8 posted 02-14-2018 09:59 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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