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Project by David Craig posted 06-12-2010 06:25 PM 2048 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the two most recent items created on the lathe.

The first is a burnt cherry bowl that I worked on over Mike’s place (jockmike2). He was kind enough to donate this beautiful wood for the bow. The goal was to work on thinner walls and more curvature to the finished piece. I would eventually like to work on vases and this seemed a good way to start.

The second is my first lidded vessel, a ring box. I had a piece of previously turned Maple that had no particular function. The top looked like it would make a good small wooded box and so I parted off a section for the top, hollowed, tenoned, and parted the base and am pleased with the result.

Turning can produce many happy accidents. The goal here is control. Lidded pieces require more precise measuring and shaping to achieve the desired result.

I still have to do some minor buffing of the finish with a scotch pad, but the task is very minor and will not affect/add to the photo much. One of these days I will have to trade my camera phone in for a real camera.

Thanks for viewing,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 06-12-2010 06:28 PM

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#2 posted 06-12-2010 08:16 PM

Looks really good for a cell phone pic, nice work David & thanks for all your help yesterday.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 06-12-2010 08:28 PM

Nice looking turnings, David. Looks like you’re getting some good use out of the recent purchases.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#4 posted 06-12-2010 08:43 PM

Looking good. Finish helps a lot.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 06-12-2010 09:03 PM

David, nice design on your turnings, great looking finish.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#6 posted 06-12-2010 11:17 PM

Glad turning and good to have a great teacher.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 06-12-2010 11:51 PM

They do look better in person. Nice work David

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 06-13-2010 12:18 AM

Wish I could turn, David. Good post, with some handy tips too, thanks for posting.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 06-13-2010 03:06 AM

Nice turnings David, got the walls of the bowl great. Must be great to have a teacher like Mike in your area.
Like the comment “happy accidents” wood turning should be fun.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 06-13-2010 08:41 AM

Nice pair of turnings. Great shapes. Agree it must be nice to have a teacher handy.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 06-13-2010 01:57 PM

Thanks for the kind comments all. Yes, finding such a talented, kind, patient teacher and brother in spirit so close to me is a wonderful gift from above. Not to mention the support I receive from all you good people :)

I am beginning to think someone slipped a love potion in one of my cups of coffee recently :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#12 posted 06-13-2010 06:17 PM

David your turnings are looking great. I bet you are becoming addicted too.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#13 posted 06-13-2010 06:50 PM

You are really progressing in your turnings. Nice lines on the bowl.
Turning little boxes is a whole other addiction to get hooked on.

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David Craig

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#14 posted 06-13-2010 08:03 PM

Thank you for the kind comments Cher and Mary Anne. Yes, it is very addicting. Unless you are mass producing an item, there is little that gets mundane about turning. It is a nice mix of learning control, taking some risks and allowing yourself to be free at the same time. You can get totally immersed in the project and all mundane troubles leave the mind.

Thanks for looking and responding,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#15 posted 06-14-2010 05:53 AM

This is just so way beyond me. But then again, just another tool I don’t have to do this sort of thing, or the know how or the time to learn. The sky is the limit when it comes to wood. There is so much we can do with it and I have seen so many things done on this site that are just amazing. Your projects are all beautiful and right up there with amazing. I wish I had the time and the tools to learn it all.

-- Janice

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