First Turning A Very Small Bat

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This is my first wood turning. I am a real novice and I can’t even tell what type of wood the scrap I used was. I think it might be a piece of Oak I had sitting in the corner. It was a learning experience and I hope to move onto a container or pen very soon. I had nothing to seal it with after I sanded it so I grabbed an old candle and held that against it then rubbed it holding a rag against it. Hope to have more soon.

-- Jay, Southern Maine, Commercial Printer/Graphic Designer

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#1 posted 01-07-2012 02:00 AM

Yep, looks like Oak. Not bad for a first try, now practice makes perfect. I liked turning scrap pieces of Pine when I was starting out turning, if you can get a real nice finish on some soft Pine, you can turn anything.

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 02:14 AM

Boy you guys must start playing baseball when you’re in the cradle LOL
nice first up & welcome to LJ’s Jay, I’m sure you’ll love it

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

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 02:44 AM

Looks like fun,nice first turning,good job.

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 02:49 AM

WOW! That is small… that is a Nickel isn’t it?


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 01-07-2012 03:13 PM

Cool little bat. I’m not a big turner but sometimes it’s fun to get a green piece of wood and really sharp gouge and just see how high the shavings fly.

-- Jeff,

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#6 posted 01-07-2012 04:14 PM

Congrats Jay on the turning, it brings back memories. I got my first lathe (Craftsman 36”) when I was 13 (about 35 years ago). I paid $240 (paper route money) including a set of 4 Craftsman turning tools. I made little bats just like yours sou of scrap 3/4” pine I got for free from the local lumberyard dumpster. I cut them to 3/4” square and about 4” long. After turning them I put a screw eye in them and dipped them in a can of varnish my Dad had. I sold them for $1.00 each to help for the lathe. In 4 months I sold about 200 of them. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#7 posted 01-07-2012 05:56 PM

Yes, it’s very small. I thought about drilling it out and sliding in the center of a bic pen.

-- Jay, Southern Maine, Commercial Printer/Graphic Designer

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#8 posted 01-07-2012 08:24 PM

Most of us started practicing with basic spindle type turning but I strongly suggest you cut your learning curve by having someone who knows how to use a lathe show you some basics of both how to use the various tools and safety practices on a lathe. In a couple of hours you can save days of experimentation on your own and you will get a whole lot more out of your efforts.
I see you are in the North East. There are lots of great hardwoods there and a lot of “free” stuff in peoples firewood piles. Firewood is where a lot of my bets turning blanks come from
Have fun!

-- Les B, Oregon

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