First turning on new lathe

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Project by jasonborthwick posted 02-01-2014 10:58 AM 2041 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Turned this bowl for my wife’s birthday. It is the first turning off my new lathe. The bowl is made from a very dry piece of crape myrtle I have had for the last eight years. I am so glad I lugged it around and I finally got to turn it. The grain pattern flows very well in this species of wood. The dimensions are 10”w 1&3/4h and it was finished off the lathe with watco Danish oil.

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 11:06 AM

nice bowl and the grain does look nice…your wife will like it.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 12:41 PM

Cool looking bowl. There is some beautiful grain showing. How do you like the new lathe? I bought my DVR 6 months ago and don’t know how I did with out it.

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

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 08:52 PM

Hope you enjoy the DVR Jason, I’m on my second Nova, I also bought one of their Comet minis.
Nice piece you have turned here :)

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

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#4 posted 02-03-2014 10:22 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. I totally agree about the nova DVR is a great lathe. I just put the remote on it and would recommend it. It only took about 5 minutes to install.

I was able to customize my turning area in the shop because of the tilting headstock Which let me put the lathe in the corner which allows me more room around all the other tools and not feel cramped in a small shop.

I have a lot of turning to do to get anywhere your talent level. Thanks for the inspiration and Pete thank your fellow countryman a great lathe.

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#5 posted 02-08-2014 01:16 AM

Very nice bowl. What really intrigues me is, what are the dimensions / radius’ of the tool rest in the first picture? I made a bowl turning rest for my ex-brother in law a couple years ago. It wasn’t that nice and I’m better at blacksmithing now. If you don’t mind, I would really like some close up photos. Feel free to private message and thank you in advance.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 02-08-2014 08:12 PM

Hi how’s it going? The bowl tool rest is about 9inches long and 2 inches wide on the curves from the center line. It is designed for a 5/8 post but is adapted to a 1inch post. I will reply on the forum with pics because I can’t figure out how to add them in a pm.

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#7 posted 02-11-2014 03:52 PM

That rest looks incredibly useful. I can’t wait to make one. The curves look like they will fit my anvil horn quite nicely. Thanks again, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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