Third Time Still Isn't The Charm

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Project by ThomasPittman posted 01-22-2014 02:15 AM 1959 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my third project that I’ve done on my Rikon Mini Lathe that my wife gave me for Christmas. All three were made from poplar and purpleheart that I had left over from my Christmas snowflake projects that I gave as Christmas presents. I will eventually post those also. The first two turnings were also bowls. The first was a five layer lamination of poplar and purple hear. I realized that this way waste a lot of wood and I also wanted to incorporate something to make the bowl more interesting so I experimented with segmentation on my next bowl. I made this one pretty small, just wanting to test the process. It seemed to work out ok, so I started on this third one. Still being new to the process, I pretty much just guessed on the sizes for the individual rings. At first it seemed to be fine, but as I turned down the bowl, I found that the top two rings weren’t a good fit. To shape the bowl the way I wanted would make the wall thickness too thin, so I had to settle the way it is, for fear of the bowl disintegrating on the lathe. Even as is, when held up to the light, you can see the light shining through the poplar. To the touch, it still feels solid, so it’ll do. I guess it’s all a big learning process. It seems like every project I do, whatever type of woodworking it is, I learn something for next time.

Sanded to 400 grit and finished with a simple salad beeswax finish. I’ve done some research on different finishes, but for now, I’m pretty much happy to get my turning projects completed and off the lathe intact.

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 02:27 AM

It looks great to me! I’d be proud to call that my work.

At least you are learning things. That’s part of the process, so I’m told.

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 02:35 AM

Thanks Trey. I’m mostly happy with it. Just saying there is room for improvement. Hard to see the flaws in the pictures. But like I said, its a learning process. I am happy with it, for it only being my third project.

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 03:05 AM

Great work!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#4 posted 01-22-2014 05:32 AM

This is a beautiful start for segmented turning. They all have some nice color.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 11:33 AM

I think they look great. The learning process continues until we stop. Better to learn than never try?

-- Terry,Tennessee

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#6 posted 01-22-2014 12:36 PM

Good job. It is easy to tell you are hooked. I was hooked a little over a year ago. I think you are doing great in your learning process. Keep taking those pics and hang onto them so you can look back and think of what to do a little different when you run into a problem. Just so you know I have now made 69 bowls and some of the newest ones still have different and varying problems and mistakes but I guess that is why we keep on trying.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 01-22-2014 03:42 PM

I like it. Very well done.

-- Ron Campbell

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Glen Peterson

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#8 posted 01-23-2014 01:53 AM

I can’t see the problems, looks good to me.

-- Glen

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#9 posted 01-24-2014 02:17 AM

Looks like you are doing great at these. I love segmented work. I started a few years back and I have learned a lot along the way and continue to learn and improve with each new attempt at it. Keep it up and look forward to your future projects.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#10 posted 01-24-2014 04:43 AM

Thanks MShort. I looked though your projects. You have some amazing work.

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