My first wood turning

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Project by cranesgonewild posted 04-23-2011 06:19 PM 2815 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To some, this is just a simple wood turned mallet. But, it’s the first thing I’ve ever turned. And considering that I’ve never had any lessons, I’m really happy with how it ‘turned’ out.
It’s made of walnut, measuring 13” L x 2 1/2 W.

I copied this design from my brother-in-law when I was at his house a couple of months ago. I think I got it right.

This is his here, made out of cherry.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 06:49 PM

That is so much better than the first thing I turned.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 07:43 PM

Very Nice!!

I personally really like a round mallet.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 08:16 PM

First you were a fungi, now you are a turner….

Good job, and a useful turned object too.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 10:02 PM

Walnut…my favorite wood besides cherry and maple and mahogony…sorry, got carried away. Nice job I really like that type of mallet.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#5 posted 04-23-2011 11:24 PM

looks good to me. you’ll use that wood hammer more than you realize. nice project

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 01:47 AM

Came out great Chad.
As if you already were a turner, Lol

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 02:12 AM

Sounds like another candidate for Turners Anonymous. How long have we tried to warn folks that turning can be addictive….but do they listen? Next it will be bowls…segmented objects…..and …..then hollow vessels…ohhh…the horror. Folks, you have to keep your eyes open for the signs and act before it is too late…..when they are out buying a hollowing tool….you’ve lost them….at this point I have heard that some will even sell their families to buy good turning blanks. It is a powerful addiction….and very hard to shake… recommendation is that you send all your lathes, tools and blanks to me so that you will not be tempted…..I can even send you a copy of our book – “The Malibu Woodturner’s Cure.” LOL

Truthfully, though this is a very addictive part of wood working….and it looks like you have made a great start. That is a very nicely proportioned turning…and outstanding for a first run. I really enjoy my time at the lathe. There is nothing more satisfying in my opinion then a good session with a nice blank and watching as those beautiful shavings curl off the tools….it is almost zen like….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 03:45 AM

Awesome job! I hope my still will turn out that clean eventually

-- --God bless! Brandon

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 04:03 AM


Great start! I’m sure that mallet will be very useful…

A tip for you: If you don’t need the square cornes of the stock in part of your turning, removing the corners by sawing the off at a 45 degree angle to produce an octagonal shape will reduce the initial vibration when first turning to the round spindle form…

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#10 posted 04-24-2011 04:27 AM

Looks wonderful, I see chips in your future

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 04-24-2011 07:23 AM

That should be just enough turning to get you hooked, addicted and pulled down with the rest of us. Welcome to the group. Good job, you’ll like having a good mallet around.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#12 posted 04-24-2011 09:37 AM

Reggiek’s right, it’s addictive! The trick is to quickly start making useful items for the house. Then, when you’re asked to make something, you can say, “I can make that, but I’ll need to get a …(whatever tool you want).”

Nice first piece! Keep your tools sharp, and you’ll be amazed at what you can do.

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#13 posted 04-24-2011 07:13 PM

Well, now you have done it, your hooked. You might as well go out and buy stuff to make pens with, so you can give them all away! Great job, you will have lots of fun with your wood lathe. Lumberjocks is a great place to see how it is done. Keep up the good work! I have 5 lathes now, and am always looking for that 6th one….......

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#14 posted 04-25-2011 09:03 PM

Nice work.
Nothing like homemade tools.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 04-26-2011 09:57 AM

looks cool
great first, well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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