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Project by RussellAP posted 476 days ago 631 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ten days in the making, mostly drying and finishing. This is the first finial I’ve done since I got Capt Eddies 3/8 finial chuck. It’l take some getting used to for sure. It’s really not about turning wood, it’s all about chucking wood. If you want to become a wood turner, study how to properly chuck because that’s what it’s all about. I think anyone can turn one of these and a lot of you can do it much better than I can, but that’s because you know your chucks. Very important. Been all day on that finial, but I think I got the hang of it now. Need more delicate chisels though if I want more delicate finials, I am still working on my own chisels from the bars of HSS I got last week, takes a while to grind them down. Should have 4 good chisels out of the bunch.

Thanks for looking.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 476 days ago

This came out really beautifully, Russell.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 476 days ago

Thanks Charlie, not many come out this good.

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#3 posted 476 days ago

beautiful work. Thanks for the info about Capt Eddie. I watched his video it was very helpful.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 476 days ago

That grain really pops….great work Russell

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 476 days ago

That’s beautiful, great grain on it. Those tiny turnings are a bit of a challenge. My best tool for the tiny stuff I picked up at an estate sale. I think some old guy made his own. It is my favorite one for many uses and it’s only a 3/8” but super sharp. That is the other key to turning, tools must be sharp. As for chucking, I always follow the instructions in my books, but did have one once crack and spin through the air just missing my head!!

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#6 posted 476 days ago

Very nice turnings , Russell : )

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#7 posted 476 days ago

Beautiful work Russ ,your best project to date.

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#8 posted 474 days ago

That’s a beauty! The grains and colors are amazing with the finish. Like the shapes. Great turning!

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