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01-21-2010 06:36 AM

I’ve learned quite a bit from the fine folks here and, since tonight was my first foray into turning, I thought I’d share some of the things I learned.

1- Shavings come off the “scoop” side of the gouge. You should stand on the other side.

2- Don’t wear a fleece jacket

3- Never, and I mean NEVER, ask more than one person how to do something unless you’re prepared to spend 20 minutes listening to a debate which invariably leads to the guys involved in the debate going off to try each other’s suggestion without answering your original question.

Lastly, after you’ve finished sharpening the gouges on the grinder, ALWAYS carry them with the end down lest the guy in front of you stop abruptly. (DAMHIKT)

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 07:37 AM

your ideas intrique me, and i would like to subscribe to your newsletter

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 08:54 AM

Greetings Dave: Well now you’ve got me….. I know nothing what so ever about turning. Never done any, and don’t own a lathe. I need to get one and learn, I guess, but it just never has interested me. Kind of funny in a way…......all the furniture and shop furniture I’ve built, I’ve never had a call for turned legs, etc. Strangs I guess, but that’s how it’s been so far…....... By the way…...... how’s the bench coming along? Are you going to build the cabinet full of drawers that go under it?..................... later, Dave.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 01:01 PM

I think 1 and 2 are correct.. I won a dvd that is called Turning Basics For Furniture Makers. It came from Popular Woodworking. I found it useful since I am just getting back into wood turning..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 01-21-2010 02:46 PM

1. yup
2. uh-huh
3. oh so true

Great tips! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 01-21-2010 02:50 PM

My tip:

Don’t blow a mortise clear without eye protection.

Carry on…

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#6 posted 01-21-2010 04:09 PM

One I learned, when forcing a dull bit to make a hole and then finally giving up, you change the bit and then realize, this sucker is really hot! Don’t quickly toss it into your thin materialed shirt pocket! You got nips in there and that really hurts!

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#7 posted 01-21-2010 04:24 PM

Dave, I’m a new turner also. I thought covering yourself with shavings was part of the fun. :-)

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

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#8 posted 01-21-2010 05:07 PM

Luckily for me, the NWA (Northeast Woodworkers Assoc) offers the use of their facilities to members. I was able to use their lathe and other tools. This started out as me needing a mallet for a dovetails class I’m taking and some of the guys were giving me the old “real woodworkers make their own mallets” stuff. Between the classes, sawyering, and use of their equipment, the $25 annual dues is a real bargain. If that’s not enough, its nice being one of the younger people at the meetings (I’m 57)!!

Rick, the bench is done and I’ve moved on to a router table. I’ll be reaching out to you soon for some advice on drawers for it. I will be attempting to build the drawers for under the bench,but I really want to get a functional router table so IO can start making ZCIs for the TS and get my dado set installed.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#9 posted 01-21-2010 05:30 PM

Greetings Dave: Ok…. just shoot me a PM and we’ll see if we can get you going on the drawers. This should be a lot of fun. I love figuring out stuff like this…....... lol…......we can head-scratch together….. later.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#10 posted 01-21-2010 05:47 PM

You forgot the most important rule: Don’t wear an open neck shirt while turning.

You can imagine were this will lead…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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