my wife's first turning

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Project by Mike R. posted 01-03-2012 08:57 AM 3748 views 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

my wifes first turning from avacado wood out of the firewood pile at her dads house. ive been trying to get her out there since i got the shopsmith and man was it worth it ! the bowl came out great ! i think i may have created a monster though she seemed to like it allot and was kinda wondering what we had around for other blanks for when im on deployment. all in all im good with it because now she knows how it feels to reveal the inner beauty in something wel hell from a piece of firewood! comments welcome

Mike R.

ps: the plan was origionally to the bolw to go to her dad but then she realized how it felt to make something and decided to keep this one and turn another for her dad.

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#1 posted 01-03-2012 10:29 AM

Really nice job on the first go around. She looks right at home using the shopsmith.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 01:12 PM

Great job Shannon. Your gonna be hooked now.

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 01:26 PM

Sweet project and what a great time to spend time in the shop with your wife! might need to machines now LOL Well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 02:29 PM

hey, gal, glad you turned your first bowl. it’s all downhill now! Turning is a total addiction! Good to see another gal getting into turning. Keep turning & showing off your stuff!

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 02:30 PM

Nice first turn. Love the wood…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 04:20 PM

Very nice work, and on the first one! I hope you know how to cook Mike!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-03-2012 04:50 PM

nice job, really like that wood! I too am using a shopsmith for my turnings, but i don’t have the chuck yet. which chuck do you have and how do you like it?

-- Gridlockd

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#8 posted 01-03-2012 05:33 PM

Way to go ! Seems like just yesterday I turned my first bowl on a friend’s shopsmith ! Keep going ! That is terrific work for a first effort…keep em’ coming !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#9 posted 01-03-2012 09:02 PM

That’s great .Will you ever get to use your lathe again? :))

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 01-03-2012 09:35 PM

Great job!
No matter how much she loves you, she still needs to remove her ring before turning!!!! The bracelet and long sleeves should go too. The nice bowl would be a great place to store them as she turns other projects.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 01-03-2012 10:38 PM

Nicely done!! Who knew the wood looks as good as the fruit tastes!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#12 posted 01-03-2012 10:47 PM

Yes the fruit is awesome ! i keep my ring on all the time no matter what machines at work or home i never but i have safety cuts in mine , i didn’t even think to tell her to take it off. the sleeves well they weren’t in the way i did explain the whole long sleeve thing to her and how some loose ones or even a baggy t shirt could get caught up in it.

I will get to use the lathe again she has to start class in a couple days that will take up her free time. we both cook already so we’re good there just means more grill time like we don’t get enough of that out here in San Diego.

The chuck is a Barracuda CSC3000C Christmas present and it hasn’t gotten used a whole bunch but i love it make sure you get the adapter for the threads to the shop smith on the back though.

you know on second thought i might be able to get a second lathe if she really gets into it …........

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#13 posted 01-04-2012 02:52 AM

Looks great, I am with Jim, you may need another lathe

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 01-04-2012 03:42 AM

You are going to need a bigger shop .

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#15 posted 01-04-2012 03:54 AM

She needs her own lathe now. Oh and tools too. LOL. She did a nice job

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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