It's Not Like Riding a Bike

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 06-28-2014 10:27 PM 3306 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted a project in quite a while. In fact, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of woodworking lately. But when I brought home my dad’s old Craftsman band saw a couple of months ago, I knew I had the potential for gluing up and cutting some slightly larger blanks than I’d been able to handle on my 9” bench top saw.

When I started turning this one, I immediately realized how out-of-practice I was. Nothing about it seemed to go very smoothly. I included the last photo as evidence of this. A catch during the hollowing process ripped out a piece of the spigot I had turned in the bottom of the bowl to mount it with. I was able to glue it back in without it being too terribly noticeable, but the moral of the story is: If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 06-28-2014 10:53 PM

Looks nice, especially the finish.

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#2 posted 06-28-2014 10:58 PM

Very nice looking turning, you’ve still got your skills. The pictures turned out sweet you can see the grain perfectly.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 06-28-2014 10:58 PM

Beautiful…looks so nice with the 2 woods.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 06-28-2014 11:13 PM

Way to go Charlie. That’s a sweet one.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 06-28-2014 11:44 PM

Gorgeous Charlie. I don’t think you have forgotten much LOL

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#6 posted 06-29-2014 12:02 AM

You are a man of many talents. That is a very nice bowl. If you hadn’t included a close up of the ooops, no one would notice. Photography is another one of your many skills and it shows here.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 06-29-2014 12:06 AM

Great job Charlie.
I have trouble turning smaller pieces.
The whole thing came out nice.

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#8 posted 06-29-2014 12:55 AM

That is a good looking turning Charlie – you will be amazed how fast it all starts coming together again, just have to wake up the memory muscle. Turned out very nice, you really nailed that finish.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 06-29-2014 01:00 AM

I like it! One of the beauties of turning is the ability to make design modifications as you go along, or at the very least allow a judicious use of glue. Don’t kick yourself —well done.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#10 posted 06-29-2014 01:22 AM

The turning looks good. The wood combination and finish are fantastic.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 06-29-2014 03:09 AM

Thanks for the encouragement, guys!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 06-29-2014 04:17 AM

Irs beautiful man!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 06-29-2014 05:11 AM

came out very nice. one of my favorites.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#14 posted 06-29-2014 05:47 AM

Charlie, it may not be like riding a bicycle but when you make a come-back you make it a good one. The vase looks nice. I know… others are calling it a bowl. Looks like a vase to me… and a really nice one. Of course when you’re out of practice a “catch” is more likely to happen. Just one good reason to get back into practice. ;)

The walnut and maple look fantastic together.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#15 posted 06-29-2014 07:47 AM

Well this turning sure looks super to me Charlie. That said, I can relate to your feeling a little rusty after a long lay-off. I started out turning, but in recent years I haven’t been doing a lot of it and I have to think through more carefully what I’m doing while turning these days than before when I was more or less on autopilot. It’s good to see you posting again. I miss your projects and your humor.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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