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Forum topic by PhillipRCW posted 05-23-2017 08:57 PM 1456 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PhillipRCW

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05-23-2017 08:57 PM

So I picked up an inexpensive lathe from a friend. Made my own carbide tools. Practiced turning a few tool handles, some off center turning on a random spindle, and also glued up some bowl blanks. What are everyone’s favorite things to turn though? Bowls look like they will be fun, but I also want to make some things to sell, so maybe rolling pins, bowls, vases.

Also, what are your favorite wood turning channels outside of Carl Jacobson?

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.


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Rick_M

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#1 posted 05-24-2017 01:09 AM

It sounds odd, but if you Google “woodturning plans”, there sites with lots of great ideas.

If you check the blog in my sig, there is a page of some of my favorite woodturning on YouTube.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 05-24-2017 01:25 AM

I like making these but they are a total pain if you are not patient.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#3 posted 05-24-2017 01:46 AM



It sounds odd, but if you Google “woodturning plans”, there sites with lots of great ideas.

If you check the blog in my sig, there is a page of some of my favorite woodturning on YouTube.

- Rick M

I’ve found a ton of plans, but I’m interested in seeing what everyone else likes to turn. I want to do something challenging. I have 3 young girls so the lathe presents me with an option to skip out to the shop for some work each night without waking anyone. I like doing things that will push my skill.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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PhillipRCW

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#4 posted 05-24-2017 01:47 AM



I like making these but they are a total pain if you are not patient.

- mahdee

What is that called? I’m still new so I’m not even sure I can wrap my mind around that yet. I’d love to try though.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#5 posted 05-24-2017 02:32 AM

My favorite things to turn are boxes, once you get the hang of it you can bang them out in an hour. If you are looking for a turning goal to set for yourself, check out Tom Lohman on YouTube, he does great work.

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#6 posted 05-24-2017 02:55 AM

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#7 posted 05-24-2017 11:08 AM

Wow, that chess set it pure bad-ass Rick! Don’t know if I could pull it off or not but I’d love to give it a go one day. (After my turning skills are much more refined!)

Phillip, I think my favorite turning projects to date are screwdriver handles. I’ve learned alot about laminating blanks, fitting ferrules and shafts, and just turning in general. I’ve often thought I’d try selling a set or 2 to see if it’s worthwhile. It’s also challenging when turning them on multiple axes to get good shapes learning to keep everything symmetric.

I’ve also made some brass plane hammers that are quick, fun and gratifying. Marking and layout tools are also fun for me.

There are several turning projects in my projects if you’re interested in some ideas.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 05-24-2017 12:19 PM

I like to try to turn little bit of everything and have sold and given a lot away. Learn to turn by reading, VCR videos, turning symposiums, and practice. So don’t really follow many folks on You- Tube although do watch a few from time to time. Some of the things like to turn are listed on my project page.

You might get some ideas from this project page! Just turn those items that interest you but turn them well.

https://www.woodturningonline.com/projects.php

Carbide tools will serve you well turning many different items, but eventually going to want some conventional turning tools.

Woodturning can be a craft of instant success or instant failure and no one going to pay you for those failures! Cannot tell you what to sell but do learn what it cost to sell in your area. Talking about craft fairs, farmers markets, etc. Reason mention this is you need to know both your cost to make things as well as cost to sell.

-- Bill

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#9 posted 05-24-2017 01:04 PM

That is just an incense/candle holder. I made one for a local church which went under alter that was made to represent the ark of the covenant.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#10 posted 05-26-2017 02:55 AM

I can’t tell you what to turn but if there’s a local turning club near you it would be well worth your time to join. I’m blessed with a very good one (Woodturners of Olympia). Your learning will increase dramatically as opposed to being self-taught. I’m also in agreement with Wildwood. You’ll want conventional tools too-and a good sharpening setup.
Rodney

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA www.etsy.com/shop/ASturdyStick

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PhillipRCW

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#11 posted 05-26-2017 02:23 PM



I can t tell you what to turn but if there s a local turning club near you it would be well worth your time to join. I m blessed with a very good one (Woodturners of Olympia). Your learning will increase dramatically as opposed to being self-taught. I m also in agreement with Wildwood. You ll want conventional tools too-and a good sharpening setup.
Rodney

- rodneywt1180b

I am already finding that I need the conventional tools for a few of the things. For under $20 bucks though I can’t pass up what the carbide tools are doing for me. I don’t have a bench grinder, and sharpening jigs, or even a good sharpening station for flat tools. Hopefully I can produce a few nicer quality items with the carbide and then sell them to buy more tools.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#12 posted 05-26-2017 03:40 PM

Turning a bad day at work into???
Turning and assembling pens is usually my go to for relaxation, that is until I blow out a couple in a session and end up even more frustrated and upset than when I started. For me, ±30 minutes to turn and finish something simple like a pen is almost instant gratification and a sense of accomplishment after a bad day at work. It is more relaxing than a cold beer on a hot day for me.

If you aren’t ready to join a wood turning club, or have one close by, at the least I would suggest joining the AAW (American Association of Woodturners). If for nothing other than their magazine. it it the most beautiful and inspiring magazine subscription (short of my father’s Playboys) that I have ever seen. The AAW magazine has lead me to search for wood turners on youtube and Vimeo that I otherwise would never have know about, plus you get access to a bunch of turning fundamental videos and supplementals.

Also some of the turning clubs around the country are uploading their demonstrations, like the Mid-Maryland Woodturners

Other Youtubers that I love to watch
Kyle Toth
Frank Howarth
Peter Brown – for the shear silliness of what he epoxy’s and then turns
Tim Yoder
I got an AAW magazine with a piece by Dixie Biggs on the cover that lead me to a 2 part video on carving a turned vessel by the Mid-Maryland Woodturner’s Club

On Vimeo, Stuart Batty has uploaded 20+ hours of classes on wood turning that I have watched more than once

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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Wildwood

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#13 posted 05-26-2017 03:49 PM

Lot of discussions on carbide versus conventional turning tools already. Just saying some of the things you want to turn will benefit from conventional tools that cut versus scrap wood. Yes you can buy carbide cutter that make shear scrapping easier too! Down side to those conventional tools is need for sharpening, belt sanders, bench grinders & jig so can get the same bevel every time.

You can find inexpensive turning tools at PSI which lot of folks like them starting out..

https://www.pennstateind.com/store/woodturning-tools.html

Harbor Freight sells a couple of inexpensive spindle turning sets which will work too, but not for bowls. PSI little better because can buy individual tools as you need them.

Obviously don’t care what you buy or how you turn your projects as long as you are happy. Good luck with it!

-- Bill

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