My lathe journeys. #40: ... Pine? Really? THAT'S pine??

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 09-22-2015 01:08 PM 2116 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Who knew that pine might look nice as a bowl/dish/whatever?

First I glued up 2 pieces of 1”X12” shelving boards. I used a glue-block for mounting and had a couple issues when I took the mounting block off the back, had to use a bit of filler.
Here’s what the 1st one came out looking like. (I’ll show you the bottom with the filler a bit further down)

Next I glued up 3 pieces of the 1X12 and decided to try to do this one as a sort of square, winged dish.


These shelving boards are drier than the Sahara, so the tear-out was horrendous! This one took a BUNCH of sanding.

Here it is after I put on the BLO diluted with some Watco (light walnut) Danish Oil..

And here’s both of them finished with several coats of rattle-can lacquer



They’re not too bad, pretty lightweight. Nothing too fancy about these, just turning more and more stuff to improve my work. Thanks for looking. Comments always welcome.

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#1 posted 09-22-2015 01:34 PM

I really like the square dish, Joe. What are you using for filler? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 09-22-2015 01:42 PM

Keep turning Joe, innovate and try new stuff ! The square is a step out of thee box keep it up ! I wish I were your age again ! you are on your way !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#3 posted 09-22-2015 01:57 PM

They look great. Love the warm look. Is it the Danish oil that makes it shiny or the BLO? Never used either, but I see a lot of folks do. What problem did you have with the block? I like using a glue block, turned round and held in my chuck. Would this work for bowls too?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#4 posted 09-22-2015 02:06 PM

Nice work, Joe! Those platters look great. My only attempt at turning one was a failure.

What type of glue are you using for the glue block?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 09-22-2015 02:10 PM

I have to agree Joe, that pine looks great. I have a 2’’ thick piece of scrap pine that will fit this profile. Great going Joe.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 09-22-2015 02:56 PM

Looks good Joe!

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 09-22-2015 03:04 PM

Good work Joe.

I also glued up sever 2x stock tall enough to turn a bird house.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 09-22-2015 03:32 PM

Thanks all!
I used Durham’s water putty. The color was a fairly close match to the pine, but didn’t take the stain anywhere near the same.

The shine comes from several coats of rattle-can lacquer.

For the glued up mounting block, I’m just using Titebond 2. In the past I’ve tried using a sheet of paper between the block and the turning piece, but it never seems to hold for me.

Here’s the post where I showed how the pine got pulled apart when I took off the block on the round one.

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#9 posted 09-22-2015 04:03 PM

Joe that’s got to be a better quality pine than what I see out here. I’ve got to say everything you display looks top notch.

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#10 posted 09-22-2015 04:47 PM

Pine is fine and that looks nice Joe .
I kind of wish I had a lathe .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 09-22-2015 04:49 PM

Those bowls look really nice.
A piece of paper glued between the two blocks should stop that tear out and still have enough adhesion to hold while turning.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#12 posted 09-22-2015 06:36 PM

Joe, I’ve seen this done:

(if I can explain without photos?)
After you have shaped the bowl, or any workpiece, do you have enough room to get between the piece and your headstock to chisel away at your glue block? Take it down to a diameter of 1-2” up near the workpiece (depending on how large your piece is). Finish sanding your piece.

Now use a handheld saw to cut through the glue block; as close as possible to your piece. Remove the extra nub from your piece with dremel, chisel, sandpaper, etc. Extra work, I know. But so is wood filler. :(

No easy way out till you get the missus to buy you a chuck and Cole jaws for Christmas or B-day. Then, cut with saw, and hold your piece in the Cole jaws (reversed) so you can turn off the nub.

Don’t forget to true up your glue block while it’s still on the lathe for quick re-use. :)

Edit…Oh yeah, glue up some stock to create a glue block that’s 3” long so you have enough room to waste it away with a chisel, and turn it round between centers before hand.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#13 posted 09-22-2015 06:38 PM


-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#14 posted 09-22-2015 06:59 PM

Yeah, Joe. Even Pine knows how to be pretty. It’s a Pygmalion task, sometimes. But, wow, huh? I think you’re about where I am now, Joe. We just need to put the steel to the wood, don’t we? We don’t know, and don’t particularly care what comes of it. We have a need to find out what’s in there. Question on a personal level: Do you find yourself reading Wikipedia articles about something that piqued your interest, and wind up going and going and going – climbing a tree, so to speak, crawling out almost every little branch to study the leaves way out at the end? Or, put another way: You’re driving along, you pass a crossroad, and think, I wonder where that road goes. You actually turn around, and go back, and find out. It helps to not be in a hurry. But, life’s a journey, innit, Joe? That’s all I have to say about that. Now, I have to go put a board on my lathe. I think I have some wood around here.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 09-22-2015 07:20 PM

Again you have made nice stuff Joe.


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