My First Complex Turning

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Project by teenagewoodworker posted 04-13-2008 07:43 PM 1688 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

well this is my first ever complex turning. by complex i mean with curves. I know that the pictures are pretty bad but i hope you get the idea. its hard to get pictures of such small things in detail. my fried came over to build a scale model of a viking ship and we couldn’t get a small enough dowel rod without ordering it so i had an old motor of my dads and me and my dad put a 1/2” cup link on the 1/2’ shank. then i made a tool rest that locks into my workmate. we just locked the 1/2” dowel rod into the cup link and started reducing the dowels. it was so fn that i tried to make a baseball bat but it broke off and from the leftover material that was left i made this little cup. as you can see from the picture it is about the size of a penny and i hollowed it out too. to do the turning me and my friend just used chisels and a screwdriver. it was really fun and came out pretty good for a first time. as many people often say TURNING IS ADDICTING! too bad I am finishing my printer table right now or i would grab another dowel rod and be turning all day.

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Callum Kendall

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#1 posted 04-13-2008 08:42 PM

Nice job, bet you cant wait to do some propper turning:)

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 04-13-2008 08:46 PM

thats pretty small for wood turning. get yourself a set of mini turning tools and it will be much easier.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 12:44 AM

Pictures are kind of blurry lad, can you post some better ones. This looks pretty cool from what I can tell.

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 12:58 AM

i don’t think i can get any better pictures. I took about 20 and these are the best. its because the lens can’t focus in on it because it is too small.

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#5 posted 04-14-2008 01:44 AM

Two things….one – use the macro feature on the camera if it has one…two – if not, shoot the pic in the clearest way focused, then use the “crop feature” from any photoshop like program on the computer to reduce the overall size of the image of the pic by cutting out only the “little cup” from the bigger picture. Then save that little image as a larger image, exp. original image is 150KB, then the remaining little “cropped image” is saved as 150KB, thus making the new image the same size as the original. If you try to post the smaller image on this page, it will be exactly that, (SMALL). It’s like taking a page out of a magazine, cutting out part of that page, then making that smaller piece the size of all the other pages in the magazine. What happens is, the dpi or dots per inch is increased in the cropped part so when it is zoomed in on, it doesn’t blur out. If I can help any, please let me know.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#6 posted 04-14-2008 02:17 AM

Dennis, if your camera is like mine, you have a micro or macro setting than must be on for taking close ups. If not they will be fuzzy every time.


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#7 posted 04-15-2008 12:15 AM

If you serious about woodturning or would like to learn more check-out the American Association of Woodturners. There website is . That is where I started woordturning. They have local chapters all over the country. I live in a small town and we have a chapter. It is a great place to learn and each chapter is always looking for new members of all skill levels.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 04-15-2008 01:06 PM

sounds like you guys had a great time and the cup is pretty cute !

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#9 posted 04-15-2008 11:24 PM

Good Job not to mention inventive as well!

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