|Project by Reaper621||posted 01-12-2012 01:28 AM||1173 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I’ve been doing cabinetry since I was 14. That’s 12, almost 13 years. It paid my way through college, as well as law school. However, I only have experience with turning a single project – a lamp when I was 15. Effectively, I am a novice when it comes to a lathe, and I am learning a whole lot. Here’s a glance at my adventures in turning.
The first 4 pictures are a bowl I just turned today out of myrtle. I fell in love with this blank the moment I saw it, and I think it turned out great. Let’s hope my MIL agrees. This is the 4th bowl I’ve made ever.
The last 2 pictures are a bowl I turned for my sister, just to show that I have a new talent. She came in to visit, and I said “watch, I’ll turn a bowl out of a floor joist.” And that’s exactly what I did – dad had a leftover piece of pine 2×8, and I turned it for my sister. My nephew (3) immediately snatched it from her hands and began playing with it! :D He’s a cute little devil. This is my third bowl ever.
Both bowls were finished with walnut oil – several coats. I have to say, for something we use as floor supports and rafters, pine is unbelievably beautiful wood to turn, and soft on the tools, as well. And myrtle – which I had previously not heard of – is beautiful, as well. The color spectrum you get with a blank is phenomenal. I love it.
As always, your comments and criticism are not only welcome but encouraged. Thanks for looking!
-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.