First real turning (old lathe fixed).

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First real turning
My new (used lathe broke on the first run…)

Yes, my lathe broke on the first run, but it was fixed on the warrenty, so now it’s back.
Acually I bought a new ‘used’ but better (Record CL1 36x15) in the mean while, so it will just be sold now after I have testet it…

So my first real attempt was to make a freehand copy of a Stanley front knob, for my sanding plane, and a little knob for a broken kitchen lid.
I was quite happy with the result, and learned a lot just on these first turnings.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 07-21-2010 05:41 PM

Sweet!! love it :D great work mafe, that seriously looks like a comfortable sanding plane to use :) i’ll use that for inspiration.

I dont have a lathe. I have access to metal lathes at school. do you know if they can be used to turn wood? is there a big difference between the toolbits used?

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#2 posted 07-21-2010 06:01 PM

My hubby was the lathe man (wood or metal) and lathe work has always impressed me. Good job.

-- Eclectic wood, wire, stone and bead lover

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#3 posted 07-21-2010 09:05 PM

Nice work Mads. Congratulations on your first turnings! They look good. To tell you the truth, I didn’t expect that other lathe to last long, but I didn’t want to ruin your fun since you seemed so happy to get it.

I bought a Record lathe 14 years ago and I’ve never had a single problem with it. I haven’t even had to replace any drive belts. One thing you need to know about is how to adjust the bronze phosphorus headstock spindle bearing. If you got the handbook that comes with the lathe it will tell you how to adjust it. If you don’t have that info, let me know and I will scan mine in and send you a copy. It’s kind of important, because it does get a little worn with use and has to be tightened up occasionally to keep the spindle from wobbling.

I also got a turning video by Record when I bought my lathe. It was great help to get me started. I will try to find it and send it to you, but I will need your address to do that. I’ll let you know if I find it. Of course you will need one of those ancient video players to see it with, so I hope you have access to one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 07-21-2010 11:06 PM

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#5 posted 07-21-2010 11:25 PM

Hi guys, thank you.
Mike: I love you!
I will love some advice, since I’m all new in this.
The old lathe, it was because I got it for nothing, and I could then see if it would be something I would do.
The new I got for 1200 kroner (200 us $) use, so I could not resist (including stand, arm for bowl turning, and different stuff.), so I felt I did a good deal.
I’m happy to hear that yours are running fine also, it seems to be some really solid stuff.
I love this: ‘bronze phosphorus headstock spindle bearing’!!!
I will try and look in the manual and see if there are something written about this, buy if you have a good one please send it to me.
I will love to see that video, I’m a pure novice! I do not have a VCR anymore, but I can borrow one.
If others have some links for good starter videos (record tricks) I will be happy.
Best thoughts to all:

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 07-22-2010 02:02 PM

Hey Mads. Cool new projects. Turning is addictive isn’t it? I keep finding myself looking for excuses to put a stick of wood on the lathe. Also, if you haven’t already, you need to come up with a quick and efficient means of sharpening. I don’t think that lathe chisels need to be quite as finely honed as say a good bench chisel, but they do require touching up fairly frequently so, a method of quickly touching up the edge on your tools is very handy. I am not an expert by any means, but I find that the more turning that I do, the better it gets. I still get frustrated with the skew chisel sometimes. I love the surface it leaves, right up until it grabs and then gouges and potentially ruins the piece. I’ve been practicing it a lot lately, but still have a lot of learning to do with that one. I have found lots of videos on YouTube with hints, tips and instruction for turning on the lathe. Don’t limit yourself to just wood. Obviously, you can use your wood lathe for turning plastic and other softer materials, but if you turn down the speed and use high speed steel or carbide cutting tools, you can also turn softer metals such as brass, copper and aluminum. This is handy when fitting a ferrule for a tool handle or something like that.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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