Lathes and Turning #2: Honey Dipper

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Blog entry by swamps42 posted 06-03-2011 10:09 AM 2667 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally made a honey dipper. It’s got a bit of blow out around the honey groves. I think that not only did the lack of an appropriate parting tool hurt this spot, but the generally poor quality wood was against me too. It’s also much too big for a proper honey dipper in my opinion. But whatever, I made a honey dipper. I finished it with a canned butcher block finish oil. I think I’ll coat it with a beeswax/mineral oil finish later too.

Unfortunately, I’m coming to the belief that I’m just not a turning sort of a person, I should sell/return the new lathe (it has a manufacturing defect so I could), and save up for a REAL scroll saw. I’m so sick of mine and it’s wonky table and pin-end blades. It’s time for an Excalibur EX21 in my garage. Now to finance it…

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 08:43 PM

Don’t give up so soon. A better lathe, or at least one that works properly, and practice will improve your results. As many have said, and I have learned myself, turning is addictive. We’ve all got to start somewhere. Give yourself a chance. Check and see if there’s a local turning club near you. If so and that club is anything like the one I belong to there will be a wealth of information and help from the members.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#2 posted 06-04-2011 11:53 AM

hey don´t give up the lathe
that you will regret the rest of your life :-)
just think back to the days when you learned to nit ….......that you didn´t learned to do in a half week
have a little patients and you will see it will soon gets a lot better
and a lathe is always good to have in the shop to make new handles , knops , ETC. for old tools and drawers
if you goes thrugh L J blogs you will see that many lothers have had the same problems or worse
and today makes great project´s
if the wood explode its not always the wood but can do it if you push the iron too suddently against
the wood when you starts your cutting so the iron dig into the wood and try to jam between wood and toolrest….. sorry I can´t explain it better
but find some club or a turner near you and let them help you

have a great weekend

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 12:44 AM

Sometimes the problem is the wood and sometimes it’s the tools and sometimes it’s both. I believe you said that the wood was cut from basic construction framing lumber. Most 2x material used in that type of lumber is soft and prone to splitting and chipout. I think you’d find that a nice hardwood would turn a lot cleaner.

Good luck

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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