|Project by dmann||posted 01-14-2008 02:18 AM||1195 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
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