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Project by shopsmithpoppi posted 10-21-2011 06:51 PM 1826 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Why am I just now finding out how much fun this is!

Ok so I started taking a wood turning class three weeks ago. Man I look forward to Tuesday night like it was Christmas now. I have never in my life been more excited about something. Except when my wife said yes 25 years ago! Oh yeah and I suppose you have to count when she gave birth to my four daughters. But nothing else tops this I swear!

I have always wanted to turn wood or even metal for that matter as long as I can remember. But never had the opportunity to do so. Until now that is. All I can say is look out trees a new turning monster is on the loose!

So I been in this class for three weeks now and I have completed three projects one each night. The first was a Bud Vase then a Bowl and finally last Tuesday we did a Saucer.

So here are some pictures and I want you to be honest with me on how I did. No holding back.
I buffed them with Tripoli and White Diamond buffing compounds. Then waxed them with Carnauba wax.

Bud Vase made of Mesquite.
My first project actually my first turning ever.

Bowl made of Sycamore
My second project.

Saucer made of Soft Maple
My third project.

-- Think it, See it, Design it. Build it, Enjoy it!

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 06:53 PM

Not sure what I did wrong with my embedded pictures maybe someone can tell me how to make the picture show up in my post with it being a link.

-- Think it, See it, Design it. Build it, Enjoy it!

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#2 posted 10-21-2011 07:57 PM

Yes, it’s very addictive. I started a little over a year ago and my best advice is, if you really like it and want to get your own lathe, go ahead and get a big one vs a small “starter lathe”. You will soon find yourself pining for bigger bowl sizes.

If you keep your turnings small, you will be happy with a small lathe but I would strongly suggest getting one with a variable speed control vs. having to change the belt to change speeds. This upgrade alone greatly enhanced my turning experience. Also, my new lathe goes in reverse which makes sanding a bit more of a pleasure for dust collection.

From the pictures your finish looks nice and smooth. I use wipe on poly for a lot of my finishes because it’s easy and provides good results (learned that from the instructor in my first wood turning class!) and sharp tools are key. Time to start turning those xmas gifts!

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#3 posted 10-23-2011 04:58 PM

Glad you’re enjoying it here and the turning. Thats something I can’t do by the way. Your turning is ten times better than mine would ever be. This is a very considerately posted set ie three pieces in one post. Thanks for posting

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 05:11 PM

Bill and Martyn,

Thanks for your comments and well wishes towards my work.

Billl as to my Lathe I have a 1952 19ER Shop Smith. Which I plan to use for my turnings. I do not however have all of the accessories I need. being as I just finished restoring my Shop Smith. I have yet to buy a Chuck or even the basic gouges or scrapers for actually doing the turnings.

I plan to post the restoration process of my Shop Smith soon here on LJ’s I hope it is as well received as this project was.

Martyn I can not say how much your comment meant to me I could only hope that I can live up to such words from a master of woodworking such as your self.

Also I have to give the credit of my work to my Instructor Haze Copland without his help I would not be able to have done what I have in so short of time.

-- Think it, See it, Design it. Build it, Enjoy it!

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#5 posted 10-25-2011 03:30 PM

I can’t wait to get a lathe. Your first projects are really nice. I have yet to turn anything but,the idea of forming a block of wood into something of beauty intrigues me. There is just something about creating something out of wood that just relieves stress.

-- "Putty and paint make the carpenter I ain't"

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