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Learning How to Turn, From the Inside Out?

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Project by luv2learn posted 12-10-2013 11:49 PM 1074 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, this is my first turning project on my new Harbor Freight lathe. Not being familiar with turning and not being one to follow convention I decided to do something uniquely challenging. I saw some turners on YouTube do what they called inside out turning. I said to myself, self, I have lots of scrap why not go for it. If I fail I will still have scrap, just smaller pieces :).

I don’t know exactly what this is but that isn’t the point. The point is that I succeeded, after a fashion, to do this style turning without blowing it up. I will say, that visualizing before hand what the final product will be can mess with your mind. I had the idea of making a Christmas ornament when I started and wound up with this lol!!

I think I will give it another go, maybe I will actually wind up with a Christmas ornament next time.

Thanks for looking guys and gals,
Merry Christmas to you and yours

-- 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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woodshaver

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#1 posted 12-11-2013 12:07 AM

I must say that this is very cool looking even though it’s just a thought from a man with a very creative mind.
The finish looks really fine too. I can’t tell how big it is. It looks big but then maybe not because you talked about making a Christmas ornament. I’m sure you will produce some great projects with you new lathe Lee. I’ll be looking for them! :)

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 12-11-2013 12:15 AM

IF we actually know what we are doing it takes all the fun away!

Great job on the “Tin—G!”

Most of my first efforts ended up heating the shop on way too many things and I have nevr really used a lathe!

-- just rjR

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Roger

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#3 posted 12-11-2013 01:20 AM

Looks like you’ve got it down pat.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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shipwright

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 01:26 AM

I love it.
HF is my favorite store too.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 01:31 AM

Lee, that is awesome, no matter how it turned out. Maybe just use it to display your future projects. I have 4 pieces of cherry waiting for my in side out whatever turning, just need to finish other things first. If I have any questions I’ll give you a call since you did such a super job.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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BusterB

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 01:44 AM

I think you should quit while you are ahead…lol If your first turning turned out that well where else is there to go??? Super sweet…ummm errrrr ehhhhh well whatever it is…lol Well think we can mark the lathe off your tools to master list….well done buddy.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#7 posted 12-11-2013 01:54 AM

I’m sorry Tony, the overall height is 9 1/4”. The body of the thingy started as a 3” square block. the top is 5” in diameter and the bottom 4”. The top and bottom are made from walnut and the body is birch. It is sanded to 320 grit and then finished with EEE-Ultra Shine and two coats of Shellawax. Man. I love these products.

ralbuck, you are right, its the adventure.

Roger, no way, just got lucky :).

Paul, we just got our local HF store this year and the place is jumping!!

Dave, inside out turning will mess with your mind..lol.

-- 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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luv2learn

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#8 posted 12-11-2013 02:07 AM

Buster, I will mark the lathe off my mastery list as soon as I feel comfortable taking off all my football gear when using it :).

-- 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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Wolfdaddy

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#9 posted 12-11-2013 02:15 AM

That is really cool! It looks like it could be some kind of display stand or something.

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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MABFwTx

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#10 posted 12-11-2013 03:31 AM

Lee, leave the football gear on. You never know what hidden fault lines are in the wood. My last set of bowls had a couple come apart.

It is beautiful.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 12-11-2013 03:38 AM

Lee, that is outstanding!!!! I love it!!

I know what you mean about visualizing it before hand. I had trouble with that too. This turned out absolutly beautiful. You could get a good price for that at and art sale!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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tefinn

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#12 posted 12-11-2013 03:40 AM

A very cool whatever it is! Great first turning!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#13 posted 12-11-2013 03:43 AM

Awesome work Lee.

+1 for MABFwTx’s sage advice.

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#14 posted 12-11-2013 03:52 PM

That looks great Lee. I’m with MABFwTx on the football gear… er, full face shield. My face shield has saved me two times from some pretty serious blows.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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luv2learn

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#15 posted 12-11-2013 04:52 PM

Thanks Mike, waho6o9, and HuckD for looking out for me. the face shield is part of my routine when turning.

-- 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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