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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#1 posted 07-21-2011 04:14 AM

Very nice. Great first turning.

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#2 posted 07-21-2011 04:15 AM

I like it!!

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#3 posted 07-21-2011 04:39 AM

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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#4 posted 07-21-2011 05:20 AM

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


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#5 posted 07-21-2011 05:28 AM

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…

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#6 posted 07-21-2011 04:56 PM

Beautiful work!

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#7 posted 07-21-2011 06:55 PM

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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#8 posted 07-21-2011 07:20 PM

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

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#9 posted 07-23-2011 03:13 AM

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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#10 posted 07-28-2011 04:12 AM

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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