First turnings on my first lathe

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Project by Spur posted 07-06-2013 06:59 PM 914 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Have not turned since I took the turning class. I got a PSI Woodworking TCLC10VS Commander 10-Inch Variable Speed Midi Lathe. In a month or two I will post a review on it, but in the meantime, I wanted to post my first turnings on it.

I started with a piece of firewood from a neighbor (pine I think) that I just wanted to practice turning. I only have one gouge and it is the easy wood carbide roughing one that was on sale a few weeks ago at Woodcraft (not the big fancy one, but the starter one). I squared up the wood on the bandsaw and since I did not want to dull or ruin the new gouge yet, I grabbed an old 1” chisel I had and used it like a skew. Oddly enough, it worked exceptionally well. I was just wanting to practice some curves and stuff, but the shape was nice enough, and the grain neat enough, I figured I would use it, despite a little catch that left a thin small gouge on the wood. I threw in little groove, then used a wire to burn it, added some finish, and then drilled a hole using a 1/4” bit, which I then turned around and glued into the hole. Figured I would use this for any boxes I turn to make a starter hole.

Feeling comfortable with trying to do the pens, I used the new Easy wood gouge on a sycamore blank that wasn’t all that nice, and proceeded to ruin the wood (went too deep). I then used a piece of walnut, and while not perfect, it came out pretty darn nice. I then turned one out of Chechen which also came out well. I like the easy wood tool, but I really felt like the chisel did a much better job giving a smooth finish.

Going to have to dig out some more scraps and see if I can turn something else.

The takeaway from this is I am going to order a skew chisel/gouge thingie and practice some more with proper tools :)

-- Henryk, South Carolina

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#1 posted 07-09-2013 12:16 AM

This is the skew i use and i seem to have a lot of good luck with it, nice finish and i like it much more than the flat bar skews.
nice looking pens enjoy the turn.

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