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Project by GaryK posted 2163 days ago 2677 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 2163 days ago

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 2163 days ago

Very nice.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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Tony

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#3 posted 2163 days ago

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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PaBull

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#4 posted 2163 days ago

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 2163 days ago

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 2163 days ago

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

-- Zipsss

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 2163 days ago

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 2163 days ago

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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jeanmarc

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#9 posted 2163 days ago

very nice

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2163 days ago

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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GaryK

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#11 posted 2163 days ago

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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Bob #2

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#12 posted 2163 days ago

Gotcha.

Bob

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

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SCOTSMAN

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#13 posted 2163 days ago

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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Callum Kendall

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#14 posted 2163 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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Grumpy

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#15 posted 2163 days ago

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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