Listen to the Byrds & Turn, Turn, Turn

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Project by JayT posted 12-20-2018 01:18 AM 790 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To everything there is a season. Turn and turn and turn and turn.

I followed that advice for this Christmas season and did a small turned box and a couple bowls. While I’ve had a lathe for a while, it has been mostly used for making tool handles. This was the first time I attempted a bowl or a lidded box.

The bowls are both apitong with contrasting rims—sycamore on the larger one and maple on the smaller footed bowl. They are about 6-1/2 and 6 inches in diameter. The lidded box is a spalted mystery wood that came to me as a trucking skid and showed some gorgeous grain once cleaned up. The lid is walnut. Overall about 3 inches in diameter and height.

Quick fun project and good learning projects to learn how to use the lathe more.

Thanks for looking.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#1 posted 12-20-2018 03:41 AM

Very nice, Jay. I like the jar, beautiful. I too don’t use the lathe enough for these things.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 12-20-2018 03:44 AM

good tune great box and bowls GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#3 posted 12-20-2018 04:48 AM

nice box you made
i know how is it to be addicted,no help…

-- bambi

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#4 posted 12-20-2018 06:36 AM

Good work, nice presents!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 12-20-2018 12:56 PM

Nice work Jay

I want to turn some bowls and boxes… im a little apprehensive though

-- Putty

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#6 posted 12-20-2018 01:25 PM

Thanks, guys.

Putty, so was I. Had never tried it, but figured the worst I could do was turn perfectly good wood into scrap and chips. I’ve done that enough without the lathe, so it couldn’t be any worse, right? The box was an offcut that was just sitting around and was either going to be turned or tossed anyways. Jump in, just go slow and take light cuts as you are learning.

My next “lathe project” needs to be learning to use a skew chisel correctly.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#7 posted 12-20-2018 03:26 PM

Nicely done JayTurn! I sometimes forget the lathe can make things besides tool handles too. I need to try a lidded box myself, never attempted one of those.

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

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#8 posted 12-20-2018 09:50 PM

Very nice Jay! And don’t believe Putty, he did most of the turning and hollowing on the walnut koozies for me on the first beer swap. He was nervous then, but they came out great.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 12-20-2018 10:14 PM

Real nice!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 12-22-2018 12:17 AM

Nice Job! great items Jay.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#11 posted 12-27-2018 02:26 PM

That maple rim is really doing it for me, love the combo there. Nice work!

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