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Project by Tooch posted 12-22-2018 03:46 PM 623 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for my Father-in-law for Christmas. I wanted to see how turning something at maximum distance was on the new lathes, and this seemed like a worthy project. Things got a little wobbly when I was towards the middle, and I’m not sure if that was the type of wood giving so much resistance or if it just does that at higher speeds. I also wanted to practice keeping a close runout tolerance over a distance for the handle, and I think I did ok (pic 3). Overall length of the handle is 18”, with a 4” scratch attachment on the end.

The tip has a little larger OD than what I would prefer, but I was nervous that the end would split when I drilled out hole for the threaded insert. I wasn’t sure if that was something that should have been done prior to turning or not, but I didn’t know how it would mount on the live center if the hole was too large. Any Information on that would be greatly appreciated.

Handle is made from Oak and finished with 1 coat Thin CA Glue, buffed with scratch pad, and then polished with Shellawax. That has been my Go-To finish with the pens, and it has really worked out well for me. I had to do the finish for this in 2 separate stages (left half and then right half) because the odor of the CA was pretty darn strong.

Lastly, the scene from “Family Guy” kept going through my head while I was turning this, so I had to include a picture for some comic relief.

Thanks for looking, any advice or info on those questions would be greatly appreciated!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 12-22-2018 04:04 PM

Nice turning work Tooch!
I hope you wipe it off before giving it to your FIL (I know you tested it out, fess up! 8^)

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#2 posted 12-22-2018 05:19 PM

Mighty fine turning! Lucky for me the Wife still scratches my back as long as I scratch hers! Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 12-22-2018 06:06 PM

Nice scratcher, Mike. You may want to build yourself a steady rest. It sure help on thin pieces so they don’t chatter.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 12-22-2018 10:03 PM

Cool Tooch. The scratcher is giving a high five. Different woods will react different at different lengths. As Jim said a steady rest will help in those situations.

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

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#5 posted 12-23-2018 03:33 AM

looks like a very nice scratcher GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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