First try at a small turned box...

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Project by dmann posted 04-18-2008 03:45 AM 1522 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a woodturning class at the Arts Council one county over. The teacher is great and met some fantastic folks. A bunch of old timers come to the class to shoot the breeze and show off their stuff. They are very open to newcomers and I learned more talking to them for 3 hours than I had after reading books for a month! The workshop has about 8 lathes so there is ample opportunity to get some hands on during the class as well.

One demonstration was finishing a small box. I had read about turning boxes but it was totally different to see someone actually do it. I was able to turn something resembling a box turned this evening. I wasted a lot of wood and had some issues working on the sequence of preparing tenons and splitting the piece into a top and bottom so I could work on the separately, but in the end it worked out.

-- David / Durham, NC

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#1 posted 04-18-2008 04:03 AM


This is a very nice turning. The maple you chose has some interesting character and it adds visual interest to the piece.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-18-2008 05:19 AM

Nice job on your first box. I look forward to seeing your future boxes.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 04-18-2008 05:54 AM

hehe, That’s pretty cool. I wish I had a lathe, that is on the “want” list along with hundreds of other things

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#4 posted 04-18-2008 06:46 AM

Nice Job…oh yes ….I love maple …so did you get any of the turnings down your shirt ?
Mike In Bonney lake .

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#5 posted 02-08-2009 04:19 PM

Nice box fellow turner, Maple turnes very nice. happy turning

-- Cosmicturner

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#6 posted 02-05-2014 11:01 PM

Very Fine for a first run!

Nice evemn for someone experienced!

Much better than my few attempts at a wood lathe ever turned out!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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