Working with the Lathe

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Project by AAWW2005 posted 10-28-2010 02:15 AM 3192 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first ever lathe. I bought 12 Shop Smith lathe knives at an auction a few weeks ago for $5 and am having the time learning how to make stuff. Like an artist I just start and when I’m done, I see what’s left. Here are some pieces I made from a Cherry tree my neighbor cut a few weeks back. The centers were still damp so it was hard to work with. Thanks for looking!

-- "Your Design or Mine!"

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 02:25 AM

$5? What a bargain! Keep it up… turning is addictive.

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

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 02:26 AM

Nice pieces! Especially like the captive ring. I’m still trying to get the hang of my lathe. Practice, practice, practice.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 05:38 AM

Very nice! I know what you mean by seeing what’s left. I just started with my lathe (similar size) – and the thing I think I’m making doesn’t often turn out to be what I’ve made!

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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Monty Queen

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 07:00 AM

Nice looking work, It is fun playing with a lathe. I hope you will enjoy your retirement in Dec. I know i did. It will a chalenge at first doing the same thing over 20 years. You will look back and really love civilian life i did. You do awesome work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 11:10 AM

I hope you enjoy your retirement as well, thanks for your service.Sometimes I just like to take a sharp gouge and watch the shavings fly, and all I make is shavings. Jeff

-- Jeff,

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#6 posted 10-28-2010 02:30 PM

Nice looking turnings! Looks like your tool control and eye are great.

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#7 posted 10-28-2010 02:36 PM

That is great for a beginner. Keep up the good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 10-28-2010 03:14 PM

Great start on a wonderful hobby. The wet wood actually turns a little easier that dry, the only problem is that
as it dries, it tends to crack. One way I have found to stop this is to bury the turned item in sawdust and
wood chips so it will dry slowly. I have several bowls drying in a garbage can of sawdust right now that are
looking good, the ones I left out to air dry split pretty bad. Hope you enjoy your new lathe.

As ever, Gus the 71 yr young laborer, trying to become a carpenters apprentice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 10-29-2010 12:50 AM

Go to for good advice and local clubs. A search should turn up more. You should let your wood dry before turning. Turns easier. You can rough turn wood and let it dry before the final turning and finishing.

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Bob Kollman

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#10 posted 10-31-2010 10:00 PM

Looks like your having fun!!! I turn for a living…takes all the fun out of it!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 10-31-2010 10:03 PM

It takes a while to get the hang of turning. but you truly got of to a great start keep at it with the wet wood it truly is great fun.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 03-27-2013 09:22 PM

Nice work.

-- Terry,Tennessee

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#13 posted 03-27-2013 11:13 PM

I like your auction style. I used to make 2-3 a week and I found at even the lousiest ones you could score well if you pay very close attention and bid when most everyone else is distracted.

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