Miniature Dish and Vase

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Project by Blake posted 10-20-2007 08:56 PM 4213 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have never used a lathe before. But recently at the used tool store I work at, we got in a used “sherline” mini metal lathe and mini milling machine. So I chucked up a couple of pieces of that spalted red alder and went to work. You could call it “product testing and quality control.”

Anyway, since it was actually a mini metal lathe, using it to turn was like playing with an etch-a-sketch. There was one dial to move the cutting point in/out and another dial to move it along the turning. It was a lot of fun and I like what I came out with.

You will notice some voids, those are worm holes, which I love.

The dish is about two inches tall by three inches wide. The Vase is about three inches or four inches tall. Perfect for one pansy.

Since I have set up my shop I promised I would stay away from lathes because I new if I ever tried turning I would be totally hooked. I would probably never get anything else done. I love how turnings look, especially “turned air” pieces, which feature large voids. But if I go down that road it involves an entire arsenal of new tools which I don’t have the space or dough for. So for now, enjoy but don’t expect any more of these. If you have turned pieces, I would like to see them. Direct me to your projects.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 10-20-2007 10:30 PM

Nice, Blake.

I’m with you 100% on turning. I’d love to get into it, but there just isn’t enough time, space, or money.

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

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#2 posted 10-20-2007 10:35 PM

dang this is sweet

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Cathy Krumrei

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#3 posted 10-21-2007 07:58 AM

Yes they are sweet! Love the shape. Enjoyed seeing those.

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#4 posted 10-21-2007 08:36 AM

Better than any popcorn I have ever had.

Great piece of woodworking also. Downright purdyful work.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Alin Dobra

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#5 posted 11-25-2007 09:31 PM


You are right to think that woodturning is addictive. Woodturning with a wood lathe is even more addictive than you think since it works much faster than metal turning (no etch-a-sketch feeling, you turn completely freehand using a full body movement—I do most of my turning from the heaps not hands).

Nice pieces though.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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