First Turnings

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Project by Bill Akins posted 08-12-2008 08:47 PM 1426 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Awhile back my father acquired a lathe from his brother-in-law. We had never attempted any wood turning before. He made him a mallet for his first project and then me one (the light colored one). One trip home last spring I made me one too (the darker one). He has been playing with the lathe ever since. I helped him purchase a bowl chuck. He has been turning bowls ever since.

A couple of weeks ago I went back home and tried my first bowl, more of a cup really. It is 4 1/2 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches wide at the mouth. It is made from a piece of dogwood that died in my Dad’s backyard. It was very tough to work with, especially endgrain. I didn’t get to smooth it as much as I wanted. It has a few glitches in it but I am pleases with my first attempt.

I can’t wait until I get a lathe. That’s the most fun with wood I have ever had.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 08-12-2008 09:57 PM

I don’t know anything about lathes, actually they kind of intimidate me. That being said, if this were my first turned bowl I would be quite proud of it. Nice work. Hope you get your own lathe soon. bbqKing

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#2 posted 08-12-2008 10:09 PM

Nice work!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 08-12-2008 11:02 PM

very nice. lathes are so much fun! i just got one and i love it. spindle turnings cool but i like bowl turning the best. its so fun! thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 08-12-2008 11:09 PM

LOL! Bill, you’re hooked! Welcome to the club :)

Great bowl cup!

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#5 posted 08-13-2008 12:49 AM

Sounds like the lathe got another one! You will soon be looking at all kinds of wood and thinking of what you can turn out of it.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 08-13-2008 05:55 AM

Great job on your first bowl, especially considering it was end grain. I hope you get a lathe soon. They are a BLAST. Thanks for sharing Bill.

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

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#7 posted 08-13-2008 07:00 PM

Great bowl.Nice work!


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#8 posted 10-21-2008 12:12 AM

Looks good – be warned lathes and wood turning are very addictive :P

But most of all – sign your weekly pay check over to your favorite seller of wood turning tools – I worked out I have spent over $8000 on lathes, tools, chucks, etc.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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