My first turning... Candlestick...

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Project by dmann posted 2288 days ago 1050 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a Jet 1220 and some basic turning tools after reading about lathes and turning for months. If you can believe it my wife has been telling me to just buy the dern thing for weeks. (She’s a keeper!)

This is my first project. I picked up a bunch of generic 2.5×2.5×12” blocks from a local turning shop to practice on. I’m not even sure what wood they are.

I spent the first evening getting used to the feel of holding the turning tools and working on getting the block rounded. Oh yeah spent a lot of time catching. So I reviewed my Ernie Conover books and things were starting to make sense. On the second night I paid a lot more attention to the angles and edges and produced this with only 1 catch.

After sanding I finished with a light coat of satin finish polyurethane and polished with a paper towel and some shavings.

Still todo: I need to open up the hole to hold the candle on a drill press. I don’t have a fancy chuck (or enough material to make a jam chuck) or I would have done this on the lathe already.

Future plans: Create 2 mates for this item, one shorter and one taller.

-- David / Durham, NC

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#1 posted 2288 days ago

Ver nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2288 days ago

As someone who just finished my first turning. Looks good, sure you will be doing more, trying to figure out now how to purchase and where to put a lathe.
Look forward to seeing the future projects.


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

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#3 posted 2288 days ago

Looking good. I think you will have lot’s of fun turning. I know I have…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 2288 days ago

Ya know turning is an addiction dmann.

-- Andy Stark

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#5 posted 2288 days ago

Great job on the first one. Or is this the first keeper?

Nice looking Ambrosia Maple wood

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#6 posted 2288 days ago

wow – looks good – nice proportions on the curves.

-- Marge, Colorado

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#7 posted 2288 days ago

Thanks for the kind comments. And yes I can see how addicting this can become. I already have a long list of things I’de like to try (boxes, pepper mills, pens) but I will be starting slow and working on technique with simple spindles and bowls—don’t want to get ahead of myself.

Karson: This is literally the first piece of wood in my lathe. Luckily most of the catches I experienced were during the initial cylinder shaping or this would have been scrapped.

-- David / Durham, NC

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#8 posted 2288 days ago

Nice. Scored, on the wife and the tool!

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 2288 days ago

fun stuff !!!

welcome to lj’s !!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 2288 days ago

Well done. Beautiful grain in that wood.

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#11 posted 2287 days ago

Boy, for “generic turning wood” that has very nice figure. Nice first turning.

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#12 posted 2287 days ago

awesome :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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