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Forum topic by Eric S. posted 09-14-2016 01:27 PM 448 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric S.

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09-14-2016 01:27 PM

Hey everyone! I’ve been playing with wood for a while now, but finally got into turning, and decided to stop lurking and sign up here. I picked up a Rockler Excelsior this weekend with the extension tables, and an inexpensive set of tools. Once I get a feel for what I want to use, I’ll upgrade them slowly (although I already want a nice 1/2” skew chisel). After playing around and getting to learn what my tools do, I made these. My wife and I are beekeepers, so it seemed like an appropriate starter project. They’re made from honey locust, and if you’re wondering, they’re sitting on an end grain cutting board I made from honey locust and santos mahogany.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated!

-- Why waste the money buying it, when I can spend twice as much on new tools, a week online researching new techniques, and a month building it.


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LeeMills

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 02:42 PM

Looks nice. I like the one on the right better, the left just looks like it would start drizzling the honey too fast. But what do I know about honey dippers.
For myself I like a wider skew because it has a longer sweet spot. I do have a 1/2” but mostly use the 1” or for large work the 1-1/2”.

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Eric S.

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#2 posted 09-14-2016 04:40 PM

I’m finding that I use the skew chisel from start to finish on these honey dippers, and since we sell our honey regularly, I feel like I’ll be making a lot of these. Their size seems like it would be easier with a smaller skew chisel than I have, which is why I’ve been looking at the 1/2”, but then again, I’ve been turning less than a week, so you’re probably right, and I just don’t know what I’m doing.

-- Why waste the money buying it, when I can spend twice as much on new tools, a week online researching new techniques, and a month building it.

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 09-14-2016 04:54 PM

LOL – I’ve turned a ton of stuff and still haven’t figured out what all the tools are named… and half of mine (and some of my favorites) are handmade from old screwdrivers :) I’ve just gotten used to using what works best for the task, regardless of what it’s called. Although I do have one I made that I call a ‘big toe grind’.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: The screwdrivers work great for weird profiles and detail stuff. Grind them how you need – and you can get bunches of them for cheap or free just about anywhere.

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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CM_2016

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#4 posted 09-14-2016 06:35 PM

That’s some great work Eric! Love the “bulb” like detail on the left one. I have never turned anything, but am always impressed what patient wood workers can do with a chisel (or a screw driver haha).

-- Greatness is a lot of small things done well everyday- Ray Lewis http://towncofurniture.com/

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#5 posted 09-14-2016 09:17 PM

Consider a 3/4” skew. More mass than a 1/2” yet still small enough for most small to medium projects. I have a 1/2, a 3/4, 1”” and 1 3/8 and am a serious turner. You can check out my woodturning videos on https://www.youtube.com/user/mpax356

-- MPax, Atlanta

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#6 posted 09-16-2016 12:11 AM

If you’re comfortable with a skew, you might want to try that other “scary” tool, the Bedan. They’re great for making convex shapes like you have there.

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#7 posted 09-16-2016 12:48 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

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Eric S.

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#8 posted 09-16-2016 02:22 AM



If you re comfortable with a skew, you might want to try that other “scary” tool, the Bedan. They re great for making convex shapes like you have there.

- HapHazzard

I’m not sure if I’m comfortable with it, it just seems more versatile than anything else, so I’ve been able to use it start to finish on these honey dippers. I just built a bench for the lathe today, so hopefully I’ll be able to try some bigger projects on it soon.

-- Why waste the money buying it, when I can spend twice as much on new tools, a week online researching new techniques, and a month building it.

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Eric S.

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#9 posted 09-16-2016 02:27 AM

Some shots of the shop with the new lathe table.

-- Why waste the money buying it, when I can spend twice as much on new tools, a week online researching new techniques, and a month building it.

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#10 posted 09-17-2016 05:23 PM

“Bee”keepers? You only have one bee? Good job, keep the projects comming.

-- "Now we are getting no where, thanks to me"

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Eric S.

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#11 posted 09-17-2016 09:44 PM



“Bee”keepers? You only have one bee?

Yup, his name is Alejandro. Lol

-- Why waste the money buying it, when I can spend twice as much on new tools, a week online researching new techniques, and a month building it.

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lew

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#12 posted 09-17-2016 10:27 PM

Nicely done!

When I made mine, I made the “business” end a little more round

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#13 posted 09-17-2016 10:43 PM

Great work! My family and friends all got honey dippers the year I got my lathe. I bet people would have liked mine even more if they had come with home raised honey. Keep posting what you make!

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