Lidded Pot

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Project by BarbS posted 03-11-2011 08:19 PM 1436 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier I posted the second picture of this pot to show what a joke the lid was when placed on it. Recently I tried to make another lid with a lower silhouette and different shape, but got carried away with the design and forgot to leave adequate support on the headstock side when I had to do some final cuts on the unsupported tail stock side. argh. I tried anyway, but it blew off the lathe and was all for naught. So-o, I went back to the original, poorly designed lid and decided to just Try turning it thinner, anyway. It worked, though it is a Smidgen undersized for the lip of the pot, and is not perfect. Also, it is an additional, picked-up piece of wood, so there is little to no grain match to the pot below. If I learned anything from this exercise, it is to implement better planning! All comments and suggestions welcome.


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David Craig

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 08:42 PM

I think, overall, you made a good save here Barb. The discoloration at the top of the pot makes for a nice break in the grain pattern that gives you more flexibility on the pot lid. I personally like it better thinned out. I call these moments “happy accidents” when the unintentional failing throws a curve and the re-design on the fly redeems the piece. It will nag at you some in the beginning, but you should grow to like it.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 09:06 PM

good choice Barbs, looks a better fit all round. You’re cranking them out at present :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 03-12-2011 01:42 AM

Hi Barb;

All education comes with a price! Ask me how I know. On second thought, don’t remind me.

I will say, the lessons that stick with me the best, are the ones I was most dissapointed in learning.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 03-12-2011 04:36 AM

barbs, Don’t you just love in process design changes! Looks like you and your lathe are doing well together. What’s your next adventure in turning?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 03-12-2011 04:59 AM

Thank you, fellas. Learning the hard way is sometimes the best way!

Oh Kindling, there are so many! I have a bunch of mesquite that was ‘gifted’ to me, I’m feeling guilty for not using. And I need some larger works, platters and such to display on my website and get it up to date, and I want to do some coffee spoons and, and, I have the Coolest design sitting for a 3” pillar candle stand I want to do soon. AND, John Jordan is giving a one-day demo only 130 miles from me next weekend and I still can’t decide whether to brave the winter mountain pass and go hear him on a Saturday next weekend. That’s my list for right now!
Right at this moment, Time is On My Side as my day job has slowed to a crawl, but the springtime may change that and I have to make use of my freedom.
What’s on your list, besides clearing out your scrap bin?


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#6 posted 03-21-2011 02:28 AM

It’s adorable Barb. First chance I got to see this. I don’t know anything about turnings, but it’s amazing to me.

-- Janice

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#7 posted 03-23-2011 12:50 AM

Well, thank you Janice. I’m glad you’re impressed! Actually, it’s just magic. ;-)


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