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Project by GaryK posted 08-28-2008 06:50 PM 2765 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a little project I did yesterday.

It was inspired by this project: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/8934

Once I knew where to get the kit I ordered one. Now I see that Rockler carries them also.

It’s made from European Beech with Gabon Ebony. It didn’t turn out as good as I wanted it to.

The reason for the six sides was to keep it from rolling around on the table. After truning it I found that it barely left any flats. Oh, well.

Making this confirmed that I hate the lathe, and turning wood. Too much like work!

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





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 08-28-2008 06:56 PM

It looks great!

I don’t know anything about turning would, but I imagine it would be very difficult to stick something on a lathe and turn it into a hexagon. <g>

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

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Michael Brailsford

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#2 posted 08-28-2008 07:00 PM

Very nice.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#3 posted 08-28-2008 07:01 PM

Nice little project – I really like to use the hand made tools and usually reach for them first.

I love the lathe, I find it therapeutic and relaxing, but the lathe does not love me too much, by the poor standard of work it produces!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#4 posted 08-28-2008 07:11 PM

Oh I like that, home made tools, but I do not like the lathe either…but I am new at it, and need to learn.

Gary, here is your next project: http://www.pennstateind.com/store/PKSDK4.html

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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GaryK

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#5 posted 08-28-2008 07:17 PM

PaBull – I got one of those kits when I got the awl kit. I think I will stay away from the lathe on it though.

I also got a small keychain screwdriver kit while I was at it.

Thanks

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

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Zipsss

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#6 posted 08-28-2008 07:47 PM

Niceeee Gary. What a pleasure is to use your own made tools.

-- Zipsss

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#7 posted 08-28-2008 08:21 PM

If you get the notion again Gary, and if your lathe head is indexed you can lock it out at 30,60,90 etc and flatten the sides with a router on a gantry or just use a sander with a jig to hold it’s height.

Nice looking too anyway even if you now have to keep it on the floor. <gd&r)

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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sIKE

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#8 posted 08-28-2008 08:32 PM

I a getting the itch to make e one of these….

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#9 posted 08-28-2008 08:38 PM

very nice

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#10 posted 08-28-2008 08:46 PM

Very nice Gary, I was going to suggest what Bob #2 said.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 08-28-2008 09:02 PM

Bob, Dick – The problem was not the method. I started with six sides flattened and them applied the ebony
veneers. I wanted to expose the beach on the “corners”, But with such a small diameter I turned most of the flats away doing it. There are flats there just not as much as I hoped for.

I will probably endup making it over again.

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

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#12 posted 08-28-2008 09:37 PM

Gotcha.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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SCOTSMAN

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#13 posted 08-28-2008 09:51 PM

Very nice! a lot of work but the results are worth every bit of effort spent doing it .A particularly nice tool to have and leave to your children then grandchildren.kindest regards.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 08-28-2008 11:14 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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Grumpy

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#15 posted 08-28-2008 11:27 PM

Not a bad bit of turning for someone who hates the lathe.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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