Wood Turning Start

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Project by bheckson posted 10-22-2014 03:12 PM 1440 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my starting creations as a wood turner. I recently bought a lathe and tools off a guy for cheap and started turning. In all but picture number 5, the wood is Locust wood, and then I found Ash for the 5th picture. The wood has come out of my parents firewood pile so it has aged for about 3 years in logs and then I cut them up and get these. I find that he hardest part for me is finishing the bowl. These area all coated with paste wax, left to dry, then 3-4 coats of spray lacquer. I am seemingly happy with the finish but its not exactly what I am looking for. Any advice you guys could give would be GREAT. Thanks for looking and all the help I have received from many of you.
Dimensions vary; Pic 1 = 4 in w x 2.5 t; Pic 2-5 = 5 in w x 2.5 t

Hope you enjoy

-- #makedust

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#1 posted 10-22-2014 03:59 PM

Very nicely done for your first attempts, what I have been doing is buff the bowl with a buffing wheel on a 1725 rpm motor with trippolie. Then use wipe on poly, several thin coats as needed and then rebuff when completely dry. leaves them very smooth with a nice luster.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 10-22-2014 06:04 PM

You have some good-looking bowls there. I’m surprised the spray lacquer stuck to the paste wax finish… usually wax is the final step. I generally finish bowls with poly wiped on with a rag while the piece is turning on the lathe. I might also try using shellac someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 10-22-2014 09:27 PM

Really interesting wood and shapes!

-- Bill

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#4 posted 10-25-2014 01:38 AM

Great job dude!

-- Regehr & Sons Woodcraft

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