First turning attempts

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Project by ryno101 posted 05-16-2008 04:23 AM 1540 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve gotten started in the world of woodworking by borrowing a Jet Pen Lathe from a friend. I quickly got hooked on turning, my new lathe (PSI Turncrafter Pro) is coming soon…

With a basic set of chisels, I set to work. My goal was simply to make shavings… learn without the goal of making a “thing” so that I could enjoy the learning process without getting frustrated .

I ended up with a few things as shown here.

The baby rattles started out as cast-off blocks from a yard sale that I bought in a 5 gallon ziploc bag for $1.50. I took the ones that weren’t anywhere near square or consistent and tossed them into a box. A year or so later, they’re turning into my scrap hardwood for turning.

One of them ended up with some nice black/gray veins through it, which was nice. The rings were tricky… I have a 1/4” skew that I used for the rings. Pretty much the only chisel I use these days… except for the coves in the handle of the first rattle, the rest is done with the skew, from roughing down the square to turning and parting off the piece.

I opted for no finish on the rattles, the wood will soak up drool, and hey, it’s not like I am hoping that this practice stuff will last for generations, unlike a lot of the projects I see on LJ!

The Mezuzah started out as a mesquite pen blank that I bought for a pen/pencil set that I’ll put up when I have the pics. I used my dremel tool to carve the Shin and finished it with a simple friction polish. It’s got a hole drilled in the bottom for the scroll. One of these days, (when I get a lathe with a faceplate!) I’ll turn a cap for it.

So, there ya go… my first projects on LJ!

-- Ryno

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#1 posted 05-16-2008 04:45 AM

Very nice turnings. I really like the baby rattles. Just be careful with the gray and black veins. They appear to be spalting. Spalting happens when the wood starts to decay and the streaks are caused by a fungus. This can cause allergic reactions and serious illness. Better safe than sorry, especially with babies. I look forward to seeing what you turn out next. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 05-16-2008 07:51 AM

Pretty good! Better than I could ever do.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-16-2008 08:42 AM

Wow…I thought I was off to a good start with my little angles…I have not tried the captured rings, but I might have to give them a try. Keep up the good work.

-- Sure Dear, I can make that for you. Lemme just run out and get a tool I need for that.

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#4 posted 05-16-2008 11:14 AM

Pretty nice first projects. I am looking forward to the pen and pencil set.

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#5 posted 05-16-2008 11:26 AM

These are nice turnings. But I have to warn you successes like this only fuel the addiction that turning brings. :)

Nice work. And keep on turnin’.

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

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#6 posted 05-16-2008 12:46 PM

Looks great! Can’t wait for more!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#7 posted 05-16-2008 01:51 PM

yeah , I like em. I got into turning last year, it is a lot of fun a little frustrating some times but that is my lack of experience. If everything was like framing I would have no problems at all.. just get a bigger hammer <laugh> sometimes the bigger chisel just does not seem to fit :)

Great job,

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#8 posted 05-16-2008 07:02 PM

Looks like you’re well on your way! Great job!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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