A little lathe fun

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 04-09-2018 12:57 AM 1432 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During these cold days of winter, I don’t get much of a chance to get my lathe out and have a little fun. These are three turnings I did when I caught some pretty days. The first two pics are from just a day or so ago. The wood is a piece I raided from my BIL’s fire wood pile. I promised I would make him something with it so this is going to him. Side note: I hope it makes him feel a bit better as he starts chemo tomorrow. No Idea what the wood is but it sure is pretty. The next ones are from my creek locust. It had been in my creek for at least 23 years and I pulled it out, dried it and turned it. I really like the color and the way it changes in light. Even glows under black light! Thanks for looking and I am still learning. I have a lot more to do as soon as the weather breaks.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 04-09-2018 01:02 AM

Looking good, Jeff! That creek locust sure has some pretty wood in it!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 04-09-2018 01:12 AM

Really beautiful work!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 04-09-2018 03:27 AM

All very pretty.

Super nice work.

Locust wood can be very interestingly grained and even have some odd colors too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 04-09-2018 04:09 AM

All your pieces turned out beautifully. Nice work!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 04-09-2018 05:44 AM

Beautiful figure in that first bowl, Jeff! Hope it brings a smile to your brother every time he looks at it.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 04-09-2018 11:31 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone! I’m still learning but trying to get better. I really like taking an odd piece of wood and “seeing what’s inside”.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 04-09-2018 11:53 AM

These turned out beautifully. Keep up the nice work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 04-09-2018 12:20 PM

Nice firewood! What type of finish did you use? They look great. I’ve been turning some firewood the last few days myself after too long of a break.

I’ve got a tip for you, something that I just tried for the first time myself a few days ago. I turned a really hard piece of birch or maple (not sure which) firewood given to me by a friend and had a problem with tear out or chatter marks in the end grain similar (but much worse than) your last bowl and after literally 2+ hours of sanding could not get them to go away. It felt smooth to the touch but after applying a finish it looked awful. So I sanded the finish off and I decided to try sanding with Howard Feed and Wax after seeing Carl Jacobsen do that on his YouTube videos and in only a few minutes of sanding, the marks completely disappeared. I used mineral spirits to remove the F&W and then applied a CA finish and it looks great. A side benefit of using the F&W to sand is that there is absolutely no airborne dust. I’ve done this on 2 small bowls now and it may be my normal routine going forward if for no other reason than the no dust benefit.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 04-09-2018 12:30 PM

Nice work Jeff! Sure will be nice when the weather breaks for good, huh?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 04-09-2018 12:48 PM

Cool bowls Jeff. When you find out what the first 2 are let me know. I have some of that too. LOL.
Why don’t you like turning out in the snow? It makes things brighter and easier to see.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 04-09-2018 01:03 PM

Nathan, I used just shellac. An attempt to friction polish. I like your tip and will give it a try, it has been a problem. Ken, it sure will! Dave, I was told on another site it’s maple. Just don’t know. I’ll pass on the snow turning.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 04-09-2018 06:54 PM

Nicely done Jeff, how thin are you going down to on the sides? your forms are looking spot on!

-- I refuse to edit the photo orientation for this website any longer. It’s an issue they should address and correct. Gary, Texas

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#13 posted 04-09-2018 07:37 PM

that creek wood is fabulous …... I’ve seen the weather looks like an improvement is coming ….. hang in there buddy ….... sounds to me like me and Kenny should meet at your homestead and build you a shop …... LOL .. .GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#14 posted 04-09-2018 08:06 PM

Thanks guys. Gary, I still keep from going too thin. I just go to “what feels right”. I know I can go thinner on the sides and the base but I tend to hold back. With time and practice I guess. Tony, you and Ken come on down! Actually, I have a shop in my basement but it’s too small for the mess a lathe makes. However, in the isolated corner, on the other side of my basement is a small room where coal was once kept when my house used a coal furnace. The furnace and coal is gone but the coal “mess” (black stain) remains. It’s empty and no lighting. My thoughts is to turn that into a “lathe room”. Mess would be contained and sweepable. Just need some LED overhead lights, some electricity and a bench to put the lathe on. Heck even the old door where coal was shoveled in from would make a great exhaust point for the dust! Just add a fan. I have given thoughts to that all winter but never got it done.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 04-09-2018 11:14 PM

Just looked at your turnings. I see improvement every time you post. Wish I could say the same for mine. Maybe the weather will turn (pun) for the better. Keep up the good work.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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