Wood Turning Experiment

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Project by Todd Adair posted 10-11-2011 01:14 AM 2150 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is technically not a project by definition, but more of an exercise. I inherited a lathe from a deceased relative. Nothing fancy, I think my great Uncle bought it at a discount tool house (Harbour Freight). Anyway, I’ve been dying to put it to use. I had some left over cypress from another project so I proceeded to glue a few pieces together to create a block that could be turned. I drew the design up Saturday morning in about 30 minutes and then got started. I have about 4 hours in the whole thing and think the final result is not bad for a first timer. I mean that with 100% sincerity. I have never used a lathe prior to this.

-- Todd Adair, Suwanee, Ga.

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#1 posted 10-11-2011 01:20 AM

Not bad is an understatment. Very nice would be better. Keep up the good work

-- chipsawturn

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#2 posted 10-11-2011 01:30 AM

Your a natural, keep at it. Turning is a lot of fun.

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#3 posted 10-11-2011 01:33 AM

What those other guys said. You did good.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#4 posted 10-11-2011 01:34 AM

Looks good man… What gouges did you end up using? Do you plan on making some more for a table of sorts or is this thing going in the door of your truck as a weapon? ;)

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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#5 posted 10-11-2011 01:39 AM

Well Done, Well Done.
Everything else is down hill from here. ;-)
Can not wait until I see more.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#6 posted 10-11-2011 01:47 AM

Very nice. Wood turning is cool… but addictive.

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#7 posted 10-11-2011 03:37 PM

Good job at turning. It is addictive, believe me. What glue did you use? How did you get the design on paper? CAD/CAM program? Like to know as I hae a couple of ideas where this would fit right in.

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#8 posted 10-11-2011 11:05 PM

Thanks Knothead62 for the response. I can see how turning can be addictive. I use Gorilla wood glue on all my projects. It seems to hold amazingly well. As far as the design, I have a little bit of artistic ability and that was hand drawn. I used a series of french curves and a compass to get the desired look.

-- Todd Adair, Suwanee, Ga.

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