My First Post ON LJ - My First Urn with a Finial & Other Items

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Project by Mark_Green posted 09-13-2019 12:59 PM 1977 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to Camp Mikell (Episcopalian Church Camp in Toccoa Georgia) back in March (2019) for a wood turning class and fell in love with it. I went and bought a cheap Harbor Freight lathe and searched Craigslist for the least expensive tools I could find but good enough tools to suit my needs. I set up the Lathe back in June or July and started spinning wood out of our firewood pile in the backyard.
This urn is my latest creation. The urn is made of spalted sugar maple and the lid and finial is made from black walnut. The small form with the red band is Oak and the band is red wire from some type of transistor that I found in my father in laws old work shop. I’m thinking about selling these. If you have any insight or suggestions about getting started all feedback will be appreciated. Thank you in advance for looking!

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#1 posted 09-13-2019 01:06 PM

Nice job Mark!
They are beautiful. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

took you long enough to post Bud. ;)

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#2 posted 09-13-2019 01:15 PM

That’s some well done turnings. Looks like you are addicted.
Welcome to LJ’s

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

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#3 posted 09-13-2019 01:45 PM

Wow those are all very attractive. A great first post.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 09-13-2019 01:57 PM

Nice work. The spalted maple is astounding.

Advice: get yourself out there, let the world know you exist. Instagram is ok, but dont expect to sell that way. Etsy is one way, if you can deal with postage; and dont be hesitant to ask for a price equal to your work. I think you could charge quite a bit for these works you have posted.

If your niche is vases, consider going to flower shops and asking about consignment
If your niche is urns, consider going to where they would be sold, see if they are interested.

There are similar sites as Etsy, which are somewhat less cluttered with junk, some even have a members-board that approves or disapproves of new entries. All have varying ways of earning their commision on your sales. Google can help you out there.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#5 posted 09-13-2019 02:09 PM

Welcome 2 LJ’s …. very beautiful vases and urn .. GREAT JOB :<)))

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

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#6 posted 09-13-2019 02:34 PM

You do real nice work Mark, keep at it.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 09-13-2019 02:40 PM

Very nice. Are the tall vases hollowed? If so I am just wondering how you might have done that on such a small lathe?

-- 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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#8 posted 09-13-2019 02:44 PM

Very, Very nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 09-13-2019 03:23 PM

Thank you all for all the kind and informative replies.
The tall vases are hollow. Because I have very limited funds I had to get creative on how to make things work. I made my own steady rest out of scrap extruded aluminum and roller blade wheels. I also made an extension for my tail stock to hold a forstner bit out of a craftsman socket extension rod.

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#10 posted 09-13-2019 04:18 PM

You are off to a great start. Good for you posting those turnings in one post. I so often see new people post each item individually tying up a lot of posting spaces.

I like your steady rest. You should make another posting specifically on how you built it. I’m sure a lot of people would be interested.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 09-13-2019 04:33 PM

Yep… congrats on the Daily Top 3 Mark.
Glad you are here. I agree with Les, a post on your steady rest would be a nice share. Keep up the great work.

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#12 posted 09-13-2019 06:18 PM

+1 on a blog about the steady rest. Looks pretty straight forward but it would be great to see a little more and a great reference in the future when people search for ideas on how to make one.

I’ve never gotten up the guts to try hollowing such a long vase.

-- 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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#13 posted 09-14-2019 02:26 AM

Super nice turnings. I like your homemade steady rest. Great job. No reason to spend hundreds of dollars on tools and jigs.

-- Julian

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#14 posted 09-14-2019 06:13 AM

Welcome to LJ! You are off to a good start with your DT3. Nice work! I like your steady rest. Would you do a separate post with more how to details on that?

-- Petey

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#15 posted 09-16-2019 12:26 PM

Beautiful turning , magnificant looking wood!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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