Teacher's pointer

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Project by DocT posted 05-28-2010 07:07 PM 5659 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My oldest daughter finishes kindergarten today. Man they grow-up fast! I was so impressed with her thoughtfulness yesterday when we asked her what she would like to give her teacher as an end-of-the-year gift. She thought and thought. Then she said, “Mrs. P. really likes pointers. She has a bunch of really neat ones. She has one with a finger on the end and one with an apple and there’s a dolphin… and a sunflower… and… Do you think we could make her a really nice pointer?!”

So here is my attempt. It was quite a challenge. I have never turned something so long that is so thin! (Leave it alone!) Considering the old Craftsman lathe that I’m working with, I’m quite proud with the results. The pointer is made from white oak and measures about 16” long with a large diameter of 7/8” and a small diameter of 1/4”. The finish is shellac.

I’m glad my daughter thought of this. I know she’s proud to give it; I hope her teacher likes it!


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#1 posted 05-28-2010 07:10 PM

That is great story and project! Must have been fun to share a moment like that with your child! Congrats.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-28-2010 07:11 PM

A good job and cool gift to her teacher.


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#3 posted 05-28-2010 07:32 PM

Very nice!

-- To do is to be

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#4 posted 05-28-2010 08:39 PM

sounds like you have a really cool daughter, oh yes cool project to

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#5 posted 05-28-2010 10:07 PM

Something that will be used and cherished for years to come.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 10:27 PM

That is a very nice gift! The teacher will use it for ever and never forget your daughter.

That is a challenge to turn without chattering or just whipping out and breaking. Did you use a steady rest?

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

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#7 posted 05-28-2010 11:45 PM

Thanks for the nice comments!

Jim Jakosh- Indeed it was a challenge! I just used my off-hand as a steady and everything but the coves on the handle with my skew chisel. Three keys: 1) I slowed the lathe to its lowest rpm 2) I took my time using a very light touch… if any chatter started, I stopped and started back where the cut was smooth 3) I sharpened my skew at least six times during the process!

Thanks again!


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#8 posted 05-29-2010 04:57 AM

very nice, I like it. I’ll have to turn one for my sister, she’s a teacher, plus she could jab a few students with it.

-- RStadler

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#9 posted 05-29-2010 06:55 PM

very cool … I’m impressed , not being a turner it looks like it would be very hard to make a long narrow piece .

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#10 posted 05-29-2010 07:57 PM

What a thoughtful daughter you have! And good thing you are skilled enough to carry out her idea. Nice job!


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#11 posted 06-02-2010 04:57 AM

nice work… looks like a wand too, or yarn spindle… endless possibilities…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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