1st turnings

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Project by phijo posted 12-29-2013 03:53 PM 1103 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The 2 cedar bowls were the 1st thing I ever turned. I rescued the wood out of the fire wood pile having no clue what it was til I stuck it between centers and started cutting. I have to say the garage was smelling pretty awesome. I still use them for change and what not on top of the dresser. The maple bowl was from some logs I rescued from the power company chipper. The little box is piece of a poplar dowel.

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#1 posted 12-29-2013 06:34 PM

You made a good start on your turnings.
Soft woods like cedar can be difficult due to the tendency to tear out on the end grain. I see some ring patterns on your bowl so it could have used a little more sanding. Sometimes I have to start with 60 grit sand paper to remove end grain tear out and work my way down to 320 or 400. Cedar being a bit oily might be hard to sand with the finer grits because the sandpaper will load up. Try buffing/burnishing with 0000 steel wool at the end.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-29-2013 07:56 PM

Very good start better than mine when I was new. Welcome to the Vortex turning is addictive. I turn a lot of cedar and you will find it dulls your tools pretty fast due to silicates within the wood. Just touch them up and it will cut like butter. Same for your finishing cuts on any wood just resharpen and use light passes at the very end.

-- Tommy,

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 01:09 PM

Very nice pieces. Turning can be VERY addicting! :)

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 03:20 PM

They look really good and quite impressive as your first turnings. Looking forward to more. Great job!

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