My first sphere

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Project by Kayvon posted 898 days ago 1450 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My ten year old lathe gave up with a bang and a cloud of smoke a couple of weeks ago. I got my new Powermatic 3520B on Friday, assembled Saturday, and discovered this afternoon that I have the wrong insert for my chucks so I couldn’t finish any of my bowl or vessel projects. After staring at it for a few minutes I decided to make an oak sphere. No idea what do do with it other than roll it around but it was pretty fun to make. Now all I have to do is make a few more and a nice big bowl to display them in.

-- Kayvon

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#1 posted 898 days ago

Very nice job on the sphere. However, that looks more like Maple than Oak. I have been turning some spheres recently and can attest to it not being the easiest thing to make it perfectly round. Well done Kayvon.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 898 days ago

Looks like a good skill to have. I’m sure you will come up with plenty of need for those. Great detail additions to many projects. Very cool…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 898 days ago

I second the Maple….color and tight grain pattern and “rays”.Very well done no matter the species though : )

Congrats on the PM lathe !!!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 898 days ago

It is maple. I even wrote maple on the piece of wood I cut this from. Don’t know where “oak” came from.

-- Kayvon

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#5 posted 898 days ago

LOL…typo gremlins strike again : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 897 days ago

Make another, paint them blue, and then place them on the mantle. Hopefully, the wife will get the hint. (and sorry if that’s a little off color…it just struck me funny).

-- "It's not a mistake. It's a design feature."

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#7 posted 897 days ago

Pretty funny, I can tell you exactly what she would say, “Good luck with that.”

-- Kayvon

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#8 posted 897 days ago

Looks hard, and difficult to make perfectly round, make 5 more and you got bacci set.

bocci is great because it’s a sport you don’t have to be in great physical shape for, that’s right up my ally, besides it’s hard to drink at the same time with most other sports, except golf.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 897 days ago

I’ve seen similar artwork for sale with $35 price tags at craft shows.

-- Branlon, Board Director, South Central Indiana

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#10 posted 897 days ago

Nice job, and nice lathe!

As we’re adding some related comments:

What did the pool ball do when it stopped rolling?










Looked round!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#11 posted 897 days ago

It takes some skill to make a perfect sphere! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#12 posted 897 days ago

Nice lathe,,,,Wish I had one of those…..... Oh and the sphere is cool also.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 861 days ago

Your new lathe is a real beauty! Occasionally I will make a sphere or two – very satisfying though kind of hard to explain why ;-)


-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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