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Well, after a long absence from woodworking and delving into the world of homeownership and all the related project associated with that, I ran across a deal on a Jet Mini Lathe that I could not pass up. Had to jump through some hoops and made a few promises of new projects, the wife agreed to let me buy a new toy. First the lathe, but no tools… So off to the local Rockler dealer and I buy a gouge and start making sawdust. I learned to turn cylinders with which I made my first project, a simple maple rolling pin for my sister. Her old rolling pin was made of pine and was falling apart from years of use. I then decided I needed to learn how to do some of the beads and coves essential to most turning. I made a homemade cutoff tool from some tool steel and was off and running. While making beads, I read that making them with a skew is a little easier, so off I go to buy a set of skews. My first project was an angel that I made for my wife to try turning cherry. It was such a hit at her office, my wife promised her co-workers I would make them angels too. Well, one week into turning and my garage has become an angel factory. Each is slightly different as I am still using the TLAR method (that looks about right), but at least I'm improving with each one. If these go over at the office, I am going to try to make a bunch for my upcoming yard sale and see if I can fund the purchase of a chuck or a full set of gouges with the proceeds…

My wife supports my hobbies, but she likes it better when my hobbies support her.

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Great starter project!

Ain't it encouraging when someone likes your work enough to ask you to make some more!

Lew
 

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I like them!

It seems that a fair number of my projects started because my wife said something to the effect of "Chris can do that".
 

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Nice job!

Thanks for the post

Callum
 

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You certainly are off to a good start. Those are really nice angels.

As long as you keep making her a project every now and then I am sure she will give you an advance on your allowance and let you buy another tool.

Keep the posts coming.
 

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these are really great little Angels
 

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I like them. Very nice. Is the rings around the first angel groves with dark stain or what?
 

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I can see why your wife is pleased. Nice job.
 

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Thanks all for the nice comments..I think with this Gov check we all might be getting, I might be able to squeeze a chuck out of her.

The dark rings on the first angel are actually done with a piece of wire wrapped around two wooden handles. A small grove is made with the tip if a skew, and the wire in placed in the grove with the spindle turning to burn the grove. I read about this on one of the books that I have been studying for the past year waiting to get this darn lathe. You can also see it in action on the DIY wood turning series, not sure the episode, sorry.
 

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Nice way to start. I think many people will want one on their desk or there dash. Great Job
 

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Nice work. Looks like a Christimas gift for the ladies where I work.

Got a few questions. Are the flat areas just part of the surface that was not turned round? Or, did you turn it round and flatten it afterwards. How tall are they? How about adding a photo from the side with a ruler in the photo?

Hope you get that chuck and the gouges!
 

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The angels are turned then the head and the front are sanded to leave the flat spots where the halo is glued on and to make the front of the arms. They stand anywhere from 2 1/4" - 3 1/2" high depending on the size of the stock. I have been using the T-LAR method for measuring, so no two angels are alike. I have had thin ones, short ones, tall full bodied ones, just like people. The walnut angels are two 3/4" boards glued up to make a 1 1/2" blank. When I sand the fronts, I try to orient the grain so that the pattern of the grain makes a round "face". (This is also the most likely area for catches because of the cross grain turning, so it helps hide mistakes.)

The original idea for these came from an article by Eugen Schlaak, from Niagara Falls Ontario Canada in an article that I downloaded called, "Angel Christmas Ornament". His article is great with a lot of information for the beginning turner. If anyone would like a copy of it, email me at [email protected] and I will send it out.
 

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Love the angles; what a nice touch!

Mike
 

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