Christmas Gifts 2012

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Project by duosonicdave posted 12-25-2012 10:19 PM 1431 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Christmas 2011 I received a wonderful new Delta Midi Lathe (which I love) and spent part of the last year trying to teach myself how to turn. As most do, I started with the simple slim line pen kits and got some basic skills down. Then, as Fall approached, I decided to put my Christmas present from last year to work this year in making a bunch of Christmas presents for the people I love – wife, adult kids, mom & in-laws. The razors are for my boys and just regular acrylic blanks. The pens are (from l to r) pink ivory, dyed curly maple, bloodwood, dyed curly maple, purpleheart, and dyed curly maple. The coffee scoop is rosewood. The fire starter is Hondouran rosewood (much redder in color than the pic shows). The ice cream scoop is chechen. The perfume pen is snakewood. And, the bottle stopper is purple heart.

All in all, I had a great time learning and making these projects – despite the usual mishaps & occasional screw-ups. I still have a great deal to learn in the realm of lathe turning, but it’s a start.

While I was at it, I decided to make a long-grain board out of walnut-paduk-maple-purpleheart for my mom as well as an end-grain walnut-maple for my wife as a “shop upgrade” as she spends at least as much time in her shop (the kitchen) as I do in mine. I started out trying to make the SPalm et. al. 3D board, but my triangles were just NOT cooperating and I was up against the Christmas deadline. So, I shelved it for another time and will work on building better jigs for it to get it dead on accurate with NO gaps!!!

Anyway, thanks for looking. Merry Christmas to LJ’s who inspire me greatly as a woodworker!

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#1 posted 12-25-2012 10:24 PM

Nice job on all. Never quit learning.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-26-2012 03:59 AM

Great looking projects ,nice work.

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#3 posted 12-27-2012 03:16 PM

Great gifts for the family. Love the razor with its colorful handles. Practice makes perfect!


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