|Project by rb765||posted 04-25-2008 07:55 PM||1546 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
Well, after a long absence from woodworking and delving into the world of homeownership and all the related project associated with that, I ran across a deal on a Jet Mini Lathe that I could not pass up. Had to jump through some hoops and made a few promises of new projects, the wife agreed to let me buy a new toy. First the lathe, but no tools… So off to the local Rockler dealer and I buy a gouge and start making sawdust. I learned to turn cylinders with which I made my first project, a simple maple rolling pin for my sister. Her old rolling pin was made of pine and was falling apart from years of use. I then decided I needed to learn how to do some of the beads and coves essential to most turning. I made a homemade cutoff tool from some tool steel and was off and running. While making beads, I read that making them with a skew is a little easier, so off I go to buy a set of skews. My first project was an angel that I made for my wife to try turning cherry. It was such a hit at her office, my wife promised her co-workers I would make them angels too. Well, one week into turning and my garage has become an angel factory. Each is slightly different as I am still using the TLAR method (that looks about right), but at least I’m improving with each one. If these go over at the office, I am going to try to make a bunch for my upcoming yard sale and see if I can fund the purchase of a chuck or a full set of gouges with the proceeds…
My wife supports my hobbies, but she likes it better when my hobbies support her.
-- Sure Dear, I can make that for you. Lemme just run out and get a tool I need for that.