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Blog entry by recycle1943 posted 04-25-2018 06:23 PM 542 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok – I spent about an hour (or maybe 2) glueing some stock to make a bud vase.
I started with a 1 1/2” square bkp about 12’ long.
To that I glued 1/4” walnut to 2 sides and cherry to the other 2 sides so that I had walnut, cherry, walnut cherry and then walnut.
after that dried I did it again only opposite each other. The cherry on the walnut etc. Then to make a larger base I glued a left over piece from one of my bowls on opposing sides and to balance it out I glued walnut to the other 2 sides.
Left everything dry, located center on the bottom and drilled a 3/4” hole with a forstner bit to about an inch deep. Then I glued a 2” x 3/4” dowel rod in that cavity and that gave me something to chuck up on. After all that ‘stuff’ dried I located center on the small end and mounted the piece in my Nova mini lathe.
By now I probably have at least 2 hours invested, which is cheap because I’m retired and my time is easy to come by.
So I started turning and realized I should have knocked the sharp corners down a little. Took it off the lathe and to the band saw. bounce, bounce cut, cut and back to the Nova.
Now comes the real test, what the heck tool do I use ? I decided that the round carbide bit was the answer. So an hour later after setting and resetting the live end because the soft bkp let it wobble when I took too big a bite. So now it’s not true but I was able to get it pretty close.
When I finally decided that this wasn’t going to work and I had wasted enough time to have cut and glued a bowl blank, I did quit.
The chunk of bkp, walnut and cherry is going to sit on the shelf to remind me that I haven’t a clue how to turn anything on a lathe.
It was a good experience, I didn’t anything especially myself and now I can get back to the bowl mine
yeah, no pictures, it’s bad enough that I admitted what I did, shouldn’t have to prove it with pictures.
Hope this wasn’t too boring and thanks for reading if you did.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 04-25-2018 06:32 PM

Woodworking is a learning experience, so enjoy and not to worry about the bad experience. Remember, nothing ventured – nothing gained, including the fun of making saw dust. Experiment for a better method, nothing to lose but some wood.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 04-25-2018 06:38 PM



Woodworking is a learning experience, so enjoy and not to worry about the bad experience. Remember, nothing ventured – nothing gained, including the fun of making saw dust. Experiment for a better method, nothing to lose but some wood.

- Oldtool

you’re right of course but I guess I’m not ready to start something new. I’m having WAY too much fun designing bowls like this one

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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hairy

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#3 posted 04-27-2018 12:31 AM

Binge watch youtube. Sam Angelo is a good one to pay attention to.

-- My reality check bounced...

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