Beginning Lathe Work

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Blog entry by PCDub posted 03-12-2018 08:26 PM 865 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought myself a lathe in December. I’ve been saving chunks of wood from pruning and removing trees in the yard for a long time, thinking that someday I would get a band saw and cut some of it up for lumber. Realizing that a lot of it is rather small for lumber (unless I was going to build dollhouse furniture!), it suddenly occurred to me that I could use a lathe to explore the potential beauty of the maple, walnut, sycamore, hawthorne, apple, cornus mas, spruce, redbud, cedar, apricot, oak, juniper, and peach wood that I’ve been saving.

The first thing I did was stick a chunk of 2×2 in the lathe, thinking… why not a file handle?

Well, for that matter, why not TWO file handles?!

The city was going through our neighborhood trimming the street trees, so I asked if I could have a chunk of the sycamore they were cutting…

....and clumsily turned it into a bowl, before I knew that turning an end-grain bowl is less advised…

This is now sitting inside a box full of the shavings I removed, waiting until it’s dry so I can complete it.

The other day I decided to fool around some more and turned a piece of spruce from the yard just to learn more about my tools. Another handle? plus some wooden beads?

That’s as far as I’ve gotten. Very enjoyable standing at the lathe with the tools, learning how to work them.

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#1 posted 03-13-2018 01:19 AM

Hello, I teach turning classes but the two best things you can do are watch and read as much as you can and practice what you learn.

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#2 posted 05-12-2018 03:32 PM

Thanks—I’ve been watching Brendan Stemp and others and trying to shamelessly copy them!

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