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First finished turning. Simple candlestick.

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Now that I have my lathe. This is the first turning project I’ve completed. I’m also working on an Australian Myrtle Burl flower vase that’s about 3.5” tall but that’s for another day.

The shaft is maple and the base is cherry. I sanded it from 120 grit up to 600 then burnished it with wood shavings before applying a mixture of shellac and wax (7 coats) then polished it to a high gloss and burnished it again with shavings to get a satin finish. The pieces are attached with a simple mortise and tenon with no glue and set to expand and contract along the grain in parallel.

Makes me happy. :)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."





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WayneC

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#1 posted 1087 days ago

Very nice. Great first turning.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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lew

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#2 posted 1087 days ago

I like it!!

Of course you know, you have headed down the slippery slope of no return ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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RGtools

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#3 posted 1087 days ago

Shiny. I have got to figure out where I can set up grampa’s lathe.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Hacksaw007

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#4 posted 1087 days ago

Great project! What lathe did you get? Thanks for sharing.

-Mike

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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Transition

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#5 posted 1087 days ago

Very nice. I have tried several different finishes (Lacquer, shellack, brush spray and wipe-on poly) on my bowls. I think I like Wipe-on poly the best. I also like salad bowl finish. I think I read somewhear that if you go below 220 grit, you are burninshing the wood, which is fine by me because I like the results. When I’ve tried burnishing with shavings, I find it scratches. Someone somewhere suggested using denim from a pair of old jeans…

Welcome to the club. My name is Andrew, and I’m a turnaholic…

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 1087 days ago

Beautiful work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Diggerjacks

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#7 posted 1087 days ago

Hello SSMdad

A beautiful piece

The lathe is a beautiful machine

You will be addicted rapidly

Thanks for sharing and make please a lot of another beautiful pieces for you and for us

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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murch

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#8 posted 1087 days ago

You’re hooked now. Nice piece for your first.

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

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SSMDad

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#9 posted 1085 days ago

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

Yes, I’m TOTALLY HOOKED! haha I’ve since turned a small bowl (which is soaking in alcohol tonight since the wood was very green; I found it along a road in Maryland, cut it up into blanks, and used it)

I also returned the little Rikon lathe I had to Woodcraft today (since they’re having their 10% off power tools sale today and tomorrow) and bought the Delta 46-460 Variable Speed lathe with reverse and tuned a little decorative spindle with the time I had today.

I can see why it’s so addictive now. :)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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SSMDad

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#10 posted 1080 days ago

Just a note…but the myrtle burl I referred to has ended up being an incense holder and about 1/2 an inch shorter because I had problems parting it from the base.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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