My First Turnings

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Project by bobasaurus posted 04-08-2011 04:14 AM 1730 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought and restored an old delta wood lathe off craigslist… here are my first attempts at making stuff. One bowl is made of ambrosia maple and walnut, the other of maple and padauk. Both have several coats of wipe-on poly. The padauk dust bled a bit into the maple where I didn’t sand enough on the end grain, making a bit of a pinkish hue. I also made a random stick from some ash to try out spindle turning (useful for propping up bowls for pictures, I guess). Turning is lots of fun, and seems to be getting a little easier the more I learn. Next task is to build a grinding jig (wolverine-style) for tool sharpening. My freehand grinding method is a little sketchy. Here is a (blurry) pic of the lathe:

-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 04:42 AM

Great job on your first turnings. Turning is alot of fun. Looking forward to your next turnings. A grinding jig helps with consistent grind shape and it allow just a touch up on the edge that is hard to do free handed.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 06:29 AM

Nicely done! I don’t have a lathe yet. Maybe some day.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 08:01 AM

Hope my first ones are as nice.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 08:45 AM

VERY VERY nice I hope i can find time to make some nice things like that , i have over twenty interesting logs i hope saw some day.

-- Harold, Finger Lakes, NY

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#5 posted 04-08-2011 09:38 AM

Nice start Bob, you sure this is your first? :))))
Nice little set up your have there to get started
Remember dont grind this proverbial S… out of your tool, get yourself a “red” ezelap and get used to a little flick across the edge & you will find that you dont actually have to visit the grinder that often once you have the knack of a correct first grind.
want ot see the next epiesode please

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 04-08-2011 12:29 PM

welcome to the vortex…........ very nice first go ar it .

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 04-08-2011 01:42 PM

Wow. You are good right off the bat. Nice turnings!!
Take a look at the Jamieson grinding jig. We all built them after attending one of Lyle’s seminars. They are simple to use and you put the gouge in the same position every time to minimize the grinding.It makes beautiful fingernail grinds.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 04-08-2011 05:30 PM

Where can we see the Jamieson grinding jig? I’m just starting too and having some difficulty in the sharpening area.

-- Bryan

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#9 posted 04-09-2011 01:56 AM

Well done turning.

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#10 posted 04-09-2011 03:23 PM

Well done, Bob. I too have just completed my first turning (first project actually), but wasn’t as adventurous as I just used 1 type of wood.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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