My wife is insane

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Project by lumberjoe posted 08-21-2012 07:35 PM 4000 views 2 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

note my wife is not a member here yet and was nervous about me posting this. Any positive and constructive feedback is very welcomed and she will look forward to it.

Recently I bought a lathe and some turning tools. My wife started hanging out in the garage when I was making cutting boards and started to take an interest in woodworking. Once the lathe came out of the box and she saw me turning a piece of scrap, she thought it was awesome and had to try it. Since then she has been addicted to it. She did all of these THIS WEEKEND! Most of which were done on Saturday. There are quite a few pens, a couple pencils, and some keychains.

She took some off cuts from a maple and walnut cutting board I made and turned a wine bottle stopper and a lamp/ceiling fan pull. She had a tough time but it came out nice. Maple turns well, walnut does not. The wood selection for the pens and keychains varies. From what I can remember:

Osage Orange (man that stuff is hard)
Pink Ivory
Marble wood
Asian Snakewood
Guayacan (Lignum-vitae) – holy crap is that hard! I had to resharpen the gouge halfway though the keychain. It smells funny too
Black Poisonwood

All are sanded from 150 grit to 12,000 grit and finished with about 10 coats of HUT crystal polish. I think we are going to try finishing with CA soon.


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#1 posted 08-21-2012 07:42 PM

Talk about being addicted! I just hope you can explain the title for your thread.

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 07:44 PM

Well, your wife is one up on me…perhaps more than one. I tired the lathe one time and could not get the hang of it…my tools of choice is the scroll saw and band saw. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing them with us. Looks like you will need a larger shop for the both of you. It’s always nice to have someone in the shop to talk with.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 07:45 PM

Does she sleep at all?
Very nice work, I especially like the colors.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 08-21-2012 07:52 PM

Those Christmas gnomes better watch out Mama Joe is gonna be takin over.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 08-21-2012 07:54 PM

Thanks guys! I still prefer to make wood flat, but the lathe is a lot of fun. Being able to start and finish a project in a few hours (or much less in her case) is very rewarding. There is also a lot less tools and prep involved.


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#6 posted 08-21-2012 08:05 PM

Wow! Great Work!
She is really good!
At the rate she’s going you’ll need to buy stock in a Woodcraft store just to keep up in her supplies.
Keep it up! and tell her to join LJ’S We don’t bite! Well not that hard anyway:)

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 08-21-2012 08:05 PM

Joe, if your wife turned Osage and Lignum Vitae, then yes, the title of the thread is appropriate.

She did a very nice job. Now you just have to convince her to sign up as a LumberJill. Has she been experimenting with any other pen shapes or mainly the slim-lines?

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 08-21-2012 08:21 PM

Joe, she did a great job!!. Does she has any teacher at all?

Cute pens. And a great job on the laminated keyring and bottle stopper as well. You´ll need another lathe now

Enjoy sharing you workspace

-- Back home. Fernando

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#9 posted 08-21-2012 08:23 PM

Thanks again guys! She loves to work with difficult wood apparently. Lignum Vitae is like working with rocks. I would hate to make anything sizable with it. It’s very beautiful when turned though. The grain looks like birds feathers.

She hasn’t had any teachers and has no woodworking experience at all, other than a ROS. The lathe and gouges are the first tools she has ever picked up.

JayT, nothing other than slimlines so far. We got a ton of them. She does plan on getting a few different styles and working with some burls.


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#10 posted 08-21-2012 08:55 PM

So, when are you going to build you a shop? Looks like Mrs. Joe has laid claim to this one. Your wife is a real quick learner I must say. Does she like to fish also? :) Man, a woman that loves to work with wood and loves to fish, well, it wouldn’t get any better than that. We are looking forward to seeing more of her work. Tell her to get on board the LJ express.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 08-21-2012 08:57 PM

Crazy is the word! I can’t imagine doing that volume in just 2 days. A prodigy is born!

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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#12 posted 08-21-2012 09:15 PM

She is not into fishing. That’s ok, I still need something I am better at than she is


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#13 posted 08-21-2012 09:56 PM

Get her to sign up – right now! It’s an impressive amount of production for a weekend.

I think I know how she feels. I went through a pen phase, a wine stopper phase, a cheese plane phase, a Christmas ornament phase, and I’m in a pepper mill phase right now. If there’s a kit out there, I’ve done at least one.

Best of luck to her, and have fun fishing – she could probably do some lures for you :)

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#14 posted 08-21-2012 10:03 PM

So is mine :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 08-21-2012 10:48 PM

That is awesome. Tell her nice work and don’t be afraid to show it off. Good for her to get involved….

-- Brock, Illinois

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