Turning big stuff #2: getting it on the lathe

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Blog entry by jeffthewoodwacker posted 03-13-2009 02:19 AM 1150 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I must be crazy! Got all the walnut cut up with help from a couple of buddies and some big equipment. We managed to load it all up on my flatbed trailer. Had to use the tractor and front end loader to get it all into the barn to air dry. A friend stopped by and we took a chainsaw and grinder to one of the smaller pieces and cut out a bowl blank. This piece weighed almost 300 pounds and we had to wrap it with log chain and pick it up with an hoist to mount it on the lathe. There is a large face plate attached with stainless steel screws. All the turning will be on the outboard side. Will post photos as the project continues.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-13-2009 03:09 AM

Turning a piece that size would definately intimidate me. Wow!!! That is huge. I just hope it does not come off the lathe. That definately would ruin your day. This is going to be interesting to follow this one.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-13-2009 03:26 AM

I’ve added you as a buddy so I make sure to keep up on all you’ll do with this. Also, your other projects are most excellent. I’m adding a vote for “more pictures!” :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 03-13-2009 03:53 AM

You ARE crazy! But I love your ambition! I think you were either a termite or Paul Bunyan in your previous life. I’ll be looking forward to those photos.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 03-13-2009 06:00 AM

I can’t wait to see what you make out of that HUGE piece of wood!

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#5 posted 03-13-2009 01:51 PM

WOW, I look forward to seeing this. Can you make a video of that thing spinning!

-- Hope Never fails

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#6 posted 03-13-2009 06:51 PM

I hope that it’s not a set of nested soup bowls.

Looking great Jeff. Whats the purpose of the vinyl drapes. To keep the chips contained or moisture contained?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-14-2009 02:04 AM

The vinyl drapes are to keep the moisture contained. I should have worn rain gear!!!! The initial turning soaked me.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#8 posted 03-24-2009 05:13 PM

Wow that is big ,have not turn big like that yet but I will when I go to see jim king in Iquitos(peruvian jungle)

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