Scrap Bin Rescue

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Project by TheDane posted 02-26-2011 10:08 PM 1365 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed something to do in my woodworking class at the local tech school while glue-ups and finish were drying.

The scrap bin yielded a piece of 5/4 a little over 8” square that was just crying to be turned into something useful.

I trimmed off the corners, glued a sacrificial blank to one face, screwed a face plate to the blank, and mounted it on one of the shop lathes.

This is the result … first thing I have ever turned!

WARNING: Turning is addictive. Engaging in this activity can result in purchase of lathe, turning tools, and lathe accessories that will make your house payment look like pocket change!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 10:36 PM

super save of a old piece of scrape, “you did yourself proud”

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 10:42 PM

I totally agree on the addictiveness of the lathe. I am tempting my son-in-law with the loan of one of my mini lathes. I hope my daughter will forgive me…...

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 07:22 AM

I have heard of the addictiveness of turning, which is why I have not yet tried it:-)

Nice first turning.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 08:03 AM

That is soooooo funny, and true. Nice save on the plate. I love repurposing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 01:57 PM

So nice, really impressed. But even more when I know it’s your first.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 04:09 PM

Nicely done, I just got my lathe fired up this weekend. Looking forward to all that can be done.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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