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Project by jase posted 07-24-2016 02:35 PM 1215 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, I love the lathe, but fear it. After using some very dull tools at a wood shop I decided to buy some high quality ones online and wanted of course to make a custom handle. I went to the local wood supplier, and bought stainless steel couplings which I used, and the rest is history.

The top roughing gouge is mahogany/maple/walnut

The middle bowl gouge was a mixture of wood, and turned out best. I glued 3 pieces together, let it dry and planed it down. Then i glued 1 more piece on the top to make it about 2”x 2” overall. After that dried I used a chop saw and made multiple cuts around 30 degrees or so. I then took multiple pieces of walnut and glued them in where I made the 30 degree cuts and clamped it up with care. I squared up the result 1 day later, found my centers and put it on the lathe.

The bottom one was a piece of maple in the middle and a piece of mahogany on each side. Then after it dried it was roughly 2.5” x 2.5”. I used a ruler that was about the thickness of the biggest part of the tool and traced out 2 lines. I then used the chop saw to make the ends 90 degrees and lathed it up.

-- 'If you got any, you got plenty'

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-24-2016 03:04 PM

Very nice looking gouges. Don’t be afraid of the lathe… get to know it well. Lyle Jamieson hooked me on it and if you watch his videos, you can pick up a lot of good information to make your turning more enjoyable.

Some things I tell the kids at school right away is the ABC of turning … Anchor, always start with the tool on the rest (anchor), Bevel, ride the bevel of the gouge..that is your support and Cut and there are 4 cuts with the bowl gouge ( Pull cut, Push cut, Scrape cut and Sheer scrape). Learn those well and you will enjoy the work on the lathe.

Also, bowl gouges require a fixture to put a consistent grind on them so you don’t waste cutter length. Get one or make one if you don’t already have one.

Enjoy…..........cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 07-25-2016 08:19 AM

You realy made the best for yourself, besides they look beautiful. I bet they will serve you well.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-25-2016 11:57 AM

Nice job on the tools. Making handles can be addicting in itself !

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