First Turnings

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Blog entry by johngoes posted 12-19-2009 06:57 AM 1497 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started turning projects Tuesday on my Jet 1220 lathe. The following are photos of 4 of 5 almost completed projects. I need to finish all of them. I’ve put tung oil on the walnut pieces but they’re not shining like I want so I need to research how to get a shine on top of a tung oil finish.

I turned a honey dipper first – no picture. It’s ok but boring.

Next I turned the awl followed by the bottle stopper (followed by another that blew off the lathe due to a catch) and finally a candle stick that I tried re-chucking the top to clean the bottom but the chuck left marks on the top and I gouged the bottom.

And here is my first bowl. Turned from a smallish log I salvaged when a tree was removed from the yard. Lots of problems with the bowl gouge catching which caused me to turn the bowl smaller than intended.

More bottle stoppers and another bowl on tap for gifts.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 12:39 PM

Nice effort!
I like the bowl. nice shape and the contrast is good. What is it? looks like some sort of oak?

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 01:47 PM

John, these are nice looking turnings. It looks like for you the fun is just starting.

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

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 02:00 PM

Nice, try the rockler screwdriver and ice cream scoop kits, they are wonderful.

-- Bored Feet

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#4 posted 12-19-2009 04:47 PM

Thanks for the comments! Yes the bowl is oak. We had a tree that grew sideways from under an older oak and I kept having to trim the top of the tree to keep the sidewalk and street clear of branches so we decided to cut it down.

I’ve had my eyes on the ice cream scoop, but haven’t heard of the screwdriver kit – that sounds like a gift for my brother (as well as a practice one for me… :)

One great thing about turning – it’s quiet! I am an early bird and always had to wait to fire up table saws and such to keep from disturbing the neighbors. Now I can be working in the shop before seven without guilt.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 05:16 PM

Nice turnings John, especially for a beginner. It looks like you aced the shape on the bowl and it’s very interesting with the knots near the rim. A tip about catching gouges. Of course a regular bowl gouge with a standard grind won’t catch if used correctly, but a fingernail grind is 1000% better. You can do a lot more risky things without worrying about catches. It is the most versatile grind around. You might already know about it. If not I suggest you Google it and find out about it and how to grind it. Good luck with your turning. With your eye for shapes, I can see you are going to be very good at it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 09:39 PM

Nice work John. I just bought that same lathe but so far I have just turned a dowel pin for a Morris chair. Thanks for sharing

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 09:52 PM

Nice work for a beginner. I have to agree with Mike on the gouge. Really made a difference when I got mine.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 12-19-2009 11:02 PM

On the gouge – I ground it to fingernail from the beginning. I guess it’s operator error :)

John – that’s sure an expensive way to fix a chair! (“honey, I reallllly need a lathe to fix your chair…”) I hope you get to make some other stuff on it soon – it’s a blast to play with!

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#9 posted 12-20-2009 07:12 PM

Great job on your first turnings. Be carfull….this lathe thing is a very addicting habit. haha

Keep it up. Hope to see many more projects soon.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 12-23-2009 03:38 PM

Nice job, welcome to the wonderful world of woodturning, congrats on the 1 year mark as a LJ, both are addicting. No other woodworking discipline allows you to take a peice of wood 4”X4”X4” and make a mess the size of a HomeDepot.
Nice lathe Jet make a good one. Thanks for sharing.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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