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Forum topic by D_Allen posted 12-03-2011 03:10 AM 1075 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2011 03:10 AM

I think to go any smaller I am going to have to make some miniature tools.
The better half suggested I make a chess set…not a bad idea!

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#1 posted 12-03-2011 03:34 AM

A chess set is an excellent idea! Nice turning.

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 03:48 AM

Dang, that’s a big dime!! Nice work. Too small for me

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#3 posted 12-03-2011 04:44 AM

I’d like to see the turning tools you used on this one! If they get any smaller, you’d never find them if you dropped them on the floor!!

Nice job!


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#4 posted 12-03-2011 05:02 AM

Lew, I used this small one I recently acquired. It is 1/4” thick but only about 3/8” wide.
And this was done on a 10”x33” HF lathe.

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#5 posted 12-03-2011 04:11 PM

Great work. Very nice.

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#6 posted 12-03-2011 04:19 PM

Well it’s too small to be a toothpick holder! Nice job on this goblet. Is it cocobolo?

When you’re ready for smaller tools, you might want to contact a guy by the name of John Lucas. He does micro turnings and makes his own tools. I found him over on Woodworkingtalk:

If you made the chess set small enough, you could turn an entire set out of a handful of pen blanks.

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#7 posted 12-03-2011 06:54 PM

That is a piece of what I think, and others have agreed, to be some kingwood.
I have about a dozen pieces that are about .5” thick so I glued two of them together to make some pen blanks.
That tiny turning is from the leftover end after making the blanks for this…my first pen.
Yea, I can make a pen!

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#8 posted 12-03-2011 07:28 PM

It would make a fine addition to a doll house.

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#9 posted 12-03-2011 09:02 PM

Yep, that’s pretty small all right. I don’t think I could do anything like that with my eyes.

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#10 posted 12-04-2011 02:32 PM

I too have experimented with some small turnings and for the really little stuff I ground the shanks on small drill bits and handled them. Turing small things there is no such thing as scrap and there is always another project ahead of the one being worked on. Good job!

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#11 posted 12-04-2011 07:51 PM

Kindlingmaker, that is a good idea on the tools. I was thinking of using allen wrenches but drill bits may be harder.
My second and third pens turned out better than the first. And it gets easier and faster.

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#12 posted 12-05-2011 05:17 PM

Well, here is a start on a chess set and some miniature stemware!
On the little wooden glass, I hollowed out the center with a 1/8” core box router bit with a 1/4” shank.
I used it in a 12” chuck extension which acted as a handle. It was also used on the outside to get into the stem center.

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