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New turner and member... feedback welcome

I'm starting my first ever blog! This is great.

I am a new member to LumberJocks and I am a new wood tuner.

I have always been a fan of turned wood and I final decided I would give it a shot. I found the most inexpensive lathe (under $200), just in case I didn't like it. Bought a cheap set of starter tools and a face shield, what more do I need? Turns out, (pun intended) I like spinning wood.

Let me step back a little though. Before I got started, I decided to wait for an opportunity to learn the right way from an experienced turner. Learn good habits up front and avoid injuries later.

So, I joined a local wood tuners group and attended a few meetings. Watched several in person demos and interacted with other turners discussing the dangers. Eventually I got my first hands on teaching/training making "tops" for a local event. I learned a lot and realized I have a long way to go to achieve muscle memory in wood turning.

Then the COVID lock down happened. With the lock down in place, I knew I had an opportunity to turn a lot. I took the knowledge obtained to this point and jumped in. At this point, what more could I learn if I don't start doing, right? I also decided to chronical my progress, so I could get feedback during the lock down.

So, I started to record my work with the unboxing of the WEN 8×12 wood lathe. Armed with the newly acquired hands on information, I set about turning my own items. I started with a baton, carving mallet, failed at making a tea light holder, some tool handles, returned to making a top (reinforcing my teachings), turned my first bowl, etc.

I started a YouTube channel, calling it "Moving Chips". Little did I know its actually shavings, not chips. I wasn't going to change it after I started the channel. I also thought I should have a logo. I managed to create a logo that I think is pretty neat, with the image of the crosscut section log and heavy line drawing of an evergreen outline.

I started to capture and edit my videos, releasing them once a week. Sometimes I can get two or three projects done in a week and sometimes nothing for two weeks. My thought was to collect and hold onto my collection, until I had a few months' worth of videos prepared.

My first video was made public in March and I uploaded videos scheduled to release weekly until almost Sept. This preparing gives me plenty of time to be consistent, back logging more videos for the future. I modified the purpose of the channel, part learning and part entertainment.

The comments on what I am doing wrong has been great feedback. However, there are several videos already scheduled showing my incorrect use of a tool, until the videos catch up with the current turning. More feedback was received telling me to place a disclaimer in the video, so other people wouldn't take my videos as a "how to". I did place this disclaimer in the text information area, but valid point that I should include it directly in my videos.

So now I have an intro that states I am new and that my videos are not a training or teaching activity, but rather strictly for entertainment and requests for feedback to better myself. Of course that intro is new and wont be seen until Aug.

This was a bit of a long blog post, so I'll end it here. If you would like to see my channel on YoutTube, search for Moving Chips or click this link. I will be posting a weekly blog to go along with each of my videos and maybe some random thoughts along the way.

Thanks for reading this far and I hope you will join me on this journey.

This weeks video I attempt my third try at making a bowl: Wood Turning through the exotic woods, African Mahogany!
 

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New turner and member... feedback welcome

I'm starting my first ever blog! This is great.

I am a new member to LumberJocks and I am a new wood tuner.

I have always been a fan of turned wood and I final decided I would give it a shot. I found the most inexpensive lathe (under $200), just in case I didn't like it. Bought a cheap set of starter tools and a face shield, what more do I need? Turns out, (pun intended) I like spinning wood.

Let me step back a little though. Before I got started, I decided to wait for an opportunity to learn the right way from an experienced turner. Learn good habits up front and avoid injuries later.

So, I joined a local wood tuners group and attended a few meetings. Watched several in person demos and interacted with other turners discussing the dangers. Eventually I got my first hands on teaching/training making "tops" for a local event. I learned a lot and realized I have a long way to go to achieve muscle memory in wood turning.

Then the COVID lock down happened. With the lock down in place, I knew I had an opportunity to turn a lot. I took the knowledge obtained to this point and jumped in. At this point, what more could I learn if I don't start doing, right? I also decided to chronical my progress, so I could get feedback during the lock down.

So, I started to record my work with the unboxing of the WEN 8×12 wood lathe. Armed with the newly acquired hands on information, I set about turning my own items. I started with a baton, carving mallet, failed at making a tea light holder, some tool handles, returned to making a top (reinforcing my teachings), turned my first bowl, etc.

I started a YouTube channel, calling it "Moving Chips". Little did I know its actually shavings, not chips. I wasn't going to change it after I started the channel. I also thought I should have a logo. I managed to create a logo that I think is pretty neat, with the image of the crosscut section log and heavy line drawing of an evergreen outline.

I started to capture and edit my videos, releasing them once a week. Sometimes I can get two or three projects done in a week and sometimes nothing for two weeks. My thought was to collect and hold onto my collection, until I had a few months' worth of videos prepared.

My first video was made public in March and I uploaded videos scheduled to release weekly until almost Sept. This preparing gives me plenty of time to be consistent, back logging more videos for the future. I modified the purpose of the channel, part learning and part entertainment.

The comments on what I am doing wrong has been great feedback. However, there are several videos already scheduled showing my incorrect use of a tool, until the videos catch up with the current turning. More feedback was received telling me to place a disclaimer in the video, so other people wouldn't take my videos as a "how to". I did place this disclaimer in the text information area, but valid point that I should include it directly in my videos.

So now I have an intro that states I am new and that my videos are not a training or teaching activity, but rather strictly for entertainment and requests for feedback to better myself. Of course that intro is new and wont be seen until Aug.

This was a bit of a long blog post, so I'll end it here. If you would like to see my channel on YoutTube, search for Moving Chips or click this link. I will be posting a weekly blog to go along with each of my videos and maybe some random thoughts along the way.

Thanks for reading this far and I hope you will join me on this journey.

This weeks video I attempt my third try at making a bowl: Wood Turning through the exotic woods, African Mahogany!
Wow, wow, wow, I viewed this and your other videos and find them very entertaining. You are terrific with the editing software. Love the Bloopers. Very happy you are sharing your woodturning journey with us.

Best wishes to you!

Bob A in NJ
 

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New turner and member... feedback welcome

I'm starting my first ever blog! This is great.

I am a new member to LumberJocks and I am a new wood tuner.

I have always been a fan of turned wood and I final decided I would give it a shot. I found the most inexpensive lathe (under $200), just in case I didn't like it. Bought a cheap set of starter tools and a face shield, what more do I need? Turns out, (pun intended) I like spinning wood.

Let me step back a little though. Before I got started, I decided to wait for an opportunity to learn the right way from an experienced turner. Learn good habits up front and avoid injuries later.

So, I joined a local wood tuners group and attended a few meetings. Watched several in person demos and interacted with other turners discussing the dangers. Eventually I got my first hands on teaching/training making "tops" for a local event. I learned a lot and realized I have a long way to go to achieve muscle memory in wood turning.

Then the COVID lock down happened. With the lock down in place, I knew I had an opportunity to turn a lot. I took the knowledge obtained to this point and jumped in. At this point, what more could I learn if I don't start doing, right? I also decided to chronical my progress, so I could get feedback during the lock down.

So, I started to record my work with the unboxing of the WEN 8×12 wood lathe. Armed with the newly acquired hands on information, I set about turning my own items. I started with a baton, carving mallet, failed at making a tea light holder, some tool handles, returned to making a top (reinforcing my teachings), turned my first bowl, etc.

I started a YouTube channel, calling it "Moving Chips". Little did I know its actually shavings, not chips. I wasn't going to change it after I started the channel. I also thought I should have a logo. I managed to create a logo that I think is pretty neat, with the image of the crosscut section log and heavy line drawing of an evergreen outline.

I started to capture and edit my videos, releasing them once a week. Sometimes I can get two or three projects done in a week and sometimes nothing for two weeks. My thought was to collect and hold onto my collection, until I had a few months' worth of videos prepared.

My first video was made public in March and I uploaded videos scheduled to release weekly until almost Sept. This preparing gives me plenty of time to be consistent, back logging more videos for the future. I modified the purpose of the channel, part learning and part entertainment.

The comments on what I am doing wrong has been great feedback. However, there are several videos already scheduled showing my incorrect use of a tool, until the videos catch up with the current turning. More feedback was received telling me to place a disclaimer in the video, so other people wouldn't take my videos as a "how to". I did place this disclaimer in the text information area, but valid point that I should include it directly in my videos.

So now I have an intro that states I am new and that my videos are not a training or teaching activity, but rather strictly for entertainment and requests for feedback to better myself. Of course that intro is new and wont be seen until Aug.

This was a bit of a long blog post, so I'll end it here. If you would like to see my channel on YoutTube, search for Moving Chips or click this link. I will be posting a weekly blog to go along with each of my videos and maybe some random thoughts along the way.

Thanks for reading this far and I hope you will join me on this journey.

This weeks video I attempt my third try at making a bowl: Wood Turning through the exotic woods, African Mahogany!
Hey Bob!I'm having a bunch of fun. Thanks
 

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Made an Ebony and Ivory Pen! Okay, its just dark and light wood.

This weeks adventure in turning took toward making a pen. I made my own pen blank, thinking I could get a dark and light contrast pen. The exotic wood from the box I got off Amazon is getting slim. Not much left of the box, I'll have to grab some more.

This is not my first pen, but this is one of my first few times turning anything on the lathe. If you see anything that I'm doing wrong and could improve upon, please let me know.

This was a fun project! Thanks

Here is the link: Pen without a wood blank. Working with exotic wood, Morado!
 

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Lacewood bowl failure! And improper use of roughing gouge

Improper use of a roughing gouge on end grain. I'm new to turning and found out after the fact that spindle roughing gouge and a roughing gouge are not two different types of tools. In this week's video, you will see that I use the roughing gouge successfully on end grain, mostly as a scraper.

The last of the fancy exotic wood from amazon, Lacewood. I believe, after some research on the Wood Database site, this particular piece of lacewood is Leopard Wood. The unfortunate thing is it had a crack. So, a bowl turned into a tea light holder.

This was a lot of fun making the curves of the wood on the WEN model 3420t lathe. I am starting to feel the urge to upgrade, is it too soon for that? Well, I really can't afford a "bigger" lathe just yet, which means it'll have to wait.

This weeks video: Wood turning Lacewood Bowl failure into TeaLight! Improper use of roughing gouge, I'm new to turning
 

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Once people find out you have a lathe

Funny thing about getting and lathe, when people find out you turn, requests start coming in (which I don't mind right now). I had a request for a dark wood pen, so I turned the exotic wood of morado. I think it turned out great. Which of the exotic woods that I have do you think would have turned out better (see previous video)?

On a side note, I like pen turning, but its not really my first passion on the lathe. I have no desire, at this point in my turning, to become a professional pen turner. From this point forward, any pens I turn will be a bonus video and not the main video for the week. Unless there is some sort of major challenge.

Here is this weeks video: Pen from the Dark Side - request for me to turn a pen.
 

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EPIC FAIL.... on many fronts.

Epic Failure! Big box of exotic wood cutoffs… NOT what I expected. The chuck seems to be losing grip. When I started sanding a segmented ring, it fell apart in my hands. I think I have reached the limitations of the lathe and chuck, but bad glue? It was going so well until it wasn't. LOL

Check out the video here: EPIC FAILS...
 

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First Successful Box! while using a roughing gouge improperly

My first successful box. Still not perfect but darn close. I used a soft maple kin dried bowl blank.

The exotic wood from the first box from amazon was depleting. The second box was all small stuff. So, I went big and got some bowl blanks to push the machine and myself.

There were a few challenges I faced, but in the end I think the box turned out great. I'm new to turning and although this was turned awhile ago using a roughing gouge on end grain, I have since discovered the proper way to use the roughing gouge.

Here is this week's video: First successful box turning with soft maple
 

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Maxed out the lathe? Failure turned to success!

I think I've pushed the lathe a little too far, BUT… failure turned to success! The tool rest began giving out and coming loose and I discovered I was using the roughing gouge improperly.

Got the tool rest fixed and finished turning a smaller project that became a potpourri box. It was a little expensive and I found out after the fact, I could have easily done it for much cheaper. Live and learn… boy am I learning. The feedback has been great, keep them coming.

This week's video: Maxed out the lathe? Failure turned to success!
 

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2 Pens & a Lathe! Twice the fun at one time!

2 Pens & a Lathe! Twice the fun at one time!

Prior to fathers day I made a pen for my dad and father-in-law. I used padauk and brushed nickel for my dads pen and purpleheart with copper accents for my father-in-law. I had a lot of fun making these pens and I can tell you now that they were surprised. I guess they didn't know I can make a pen on a lathe. Of course now I have to make pens of mom and mother-in-law. LOL

Here is the link to the video: 2 Pens & a Lathe! Wood turning purpleheart and padauk pens for fathers day gifts.
 

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Canary wood plate - first time using a glue block

Canary wood, the last few pieces of wood turning lumber from Amazon. Trying to turn a plate is not easy and this was the first time I used a glue block, sanding sealer and lacquer finish. In both cases I was not happy. The glue block was a bit of a pain, gumming up the tool trying to cut through it. The sanding sealer was nice, but the lacquer was very fumy. Its one thing to circulate air, but the lingering smell was not a joy for me. I don't think I will be using lacquer again, but I can't say never.

This week's video: Turning Canary wood plate on a lathe!
 

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First Salt and Pepper Shakers!

I attempted my first try at simple, yet challenging, salt and pepper dispensers. This was a fun project, even if it did not end perfectly. The salt shaker was made from Ash and the pepper was made from Black Walnut.

The shakers were not the same size in the end and proves I need a lot of practice in duplicating items. I could have spent some time making measurements and getting the shapes a little closer. Live and learn I suppose. In the end, they are functional and look great independently, so is it a failure?

This week's video: Salt and pepper shakers!
 

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First Salt and Pepper Shakers!

I attempted my first try at simple, yet challenging, salt and pepper dispensers. This was a fun project, even if it did not end perfectly. The salt shaker was made from Ash and the pepper was made from Black Walnut.

The shakers were not the same size in the end and proves I need a lot of practice in duplicating items. I could have spent some time making measurements and getting the shapes a little closer. Live and learn I suppose. In the end, they are functional and look great independently, so is it a failure?

This week's video: Salt and pepper shakers!
Thanks for posting. I watched the video. I was hoping to see the final assembly. IE how did you attached the metal cap etc.
 

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First Salt and Pepper Shakers!

I attempted my first try at simple, yet challenging, salt and pepper dispensers. This was a fun project, even if it did not end perfectly. The salt shaker was made from Ash and the pepper was made from Black Walnut.

The shakers were not the same size in the end and proves I need a lot of practice in duplicating items. I could have spent some time making measurements and getting the shapes a little closer. Live and learn I suppose. In the end, they are functional and look great independently, so is it a failure?

This week's video: Salt and pepper shakers!
Thanks for posting. I watched the video. I was hoping to see the final assembly. IE how did you attached the metal cap etc.

- Peteybadboy
Hi Pete,

Thanks for the watch. The kit has a plastic threaded insert. Simply marred/scratched the plastic, glue and slide into the hole. Not much more to it….. aka: I didn't capture it. :(

However, i might do that project again for someone as a gift. So keep an eye out for it, promise to capture the glue up.

Thanks again for watching and commenting.
 

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Best Turn Thus Far!

I had no idea when I started turning this piece of cherry wood that it would turn out so well. I like the shape, but the shine is what truly makes this project a success. I can't wait to see what my next project looks like after using the O.B. Shine Juice. Regardless, this was absolutely the best turn on the lathe thus far! I'm going to steal a line from Sinead O'connor, "nothing compares…. to you!". Just WOW. LOL

This week's video: Potpourri Pot out of cherry, with O.B. Shine Juice
 

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Wing Lid, Ring Minder, Padauk Bowl Project

On a wing and a prayer, I set myself and the lathe up for a challenge. Sure, a bowl is a challenge in its own way, at my beginner level, but I wanted to push myself even farther with a "wing lid". What's the worst that could happen, right?

I realized after I started the project, the lid was a little small to be cutting the corners to give it eight sides, so I left it at four sides. The lid was the scariest thing I think I've turned on the lathe. It was like a wooden saw blade spinning just a fraction of an inch from my hand. I guess being afraid made it safer, know the dangers and always having it on my mind.

The finial was made from a pen blank and really took on a design of its own. In the end, this was three projects in one. The finial, the wing lid and the bowl. Overall, I think it turned out alright and I learned a lot.

If I were to do this over again, I would get a bigger piece of wood and try to make it all from the same piece. The finial I don't think made much of a difference, but you can clearly see the wing lid has a slightly different color. Same species of wood, but different tree and grain structure.

This week's video: Wing Lid - Ring Minder - Bowl
 

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EPIC FAILURE! Pushed the WEN lathe too far?

While back I had that 7×4 bowl blank I was turning into a box and failed.

I attempted to revisit the bowl blank with a new plan and tools, only to fail again. To find out if its me or the tools, I grabbed a 6×3 bowl blank and turned a nice bowl. Using the OB Shine Juice, is becoming my favorite finish.

Here is this weeks video: EPIC FAILURE! Turning an Ash bowl
 

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EPIC FAILURE turning "Legacy Old Line Pen kit"

I tried my hand at turning a Legacy Old-Line Pen, which is a two part pen kit. Main body seem simply enough and even the top appeared to be straight forward. However, I need longer pen blanks for this kit. Also need 10mm drill bit, that I over look initially. Not to mention, old glue that seemed to dry on contact with the wood before I could activate it, were just a few problems I had along the way in this video.

Eventually, I managed to get all my ducks in a row and marched toward a finished pen. On the final steps on pulling the part together it was painfully obvious that the pen construction was a failure, yet again. This time, there will not be a forth attempt.

I do not like this pen design and find it hard to believe I will attempt to make this again. For a "larger" pen I will stick to the Jr. Zen Pen or the regular slim line pens for now.

Here is this week's video: "EPIC FAILURE turning "Legacy Old Line Pen kit"":https://youtu.be/xMHA2vALoys
 

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Humpty Dumpty sat on my lathe!

Looking over the scraps of wood, thought I'd make an egg holder with the black walnut. It was either the black walnut or the ash. I thought the ash would not make for a great contrast in color between the egg or holder, so black walnut it is. Still not sure what I'll make the ash into.

One issue I had was after turning it round and putting a tenon on, it was too small. The chuck couldn't get smaller. So, no tenon, just straight round managed to fit the chuck. Any other mistakes the O.B. Shine Juice hides and makes the black walnut pop. The fancy design might have been a little overboard, but I think it turned out great.

Here is this week's video: Humpty's great fall! (Egg holder)
 
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