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Offline Hilltop366

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Beginner Woodturner
« on: September 09, 2017, 11:39:36 am »
So a couple of years ago I picked up a old Craftsman hobby wood lathe and occasionally try to make something on it.

 

 

 

 


Some times practical other times just for fun. Most of the wood comes from the firewood pile.

 

 

A mount for a $10 pole saw blade, a little time on the lathe and borrowing the aluminum pole from the pool vacuum I have a 17' pole saw for trimming tree branches. (ash)

A handle for a diy hookaroon (ash)  The hook is made from a broken socket set ratchet handle and a piece of pipe. It works well but the hook could use a bit of refining.

 

 

Then I bought a scroll chuck and a small bowl gouge and face shield.

 

  

 
 

 

A small dish (6") with wide rim. (birch)

 

  

  

  

 

A small bowl. (Maple ?) Not really sure on the maple I have a bit more set aside but I wish I hadn't burnt so much in the wood boiler how ever I sure did enjoy being warm last winter.

 

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Re: Beginner Woodturner
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017, 11:53:49 am »
Wow, nice!  I really like that plate.  Did you do that with the little 4-jaw chuck plate?
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Re: Beginner Woodturner
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 12:07:36 pm »
Thanks, no I bought a Nova Chuck 4 jaw scroll chuck, it cost me more than the lathe setup, I tried using the 4 jaw chuck but it is hard to get things held well and centred well in it. Thats why I got a slightly crooked nose and a face shield.

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Re: Beginner Woodturner
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 12:14:41 pm »
I enjoy turning, I've done more spindle turning than face turning.

There are good videos and books available, Richard Raffan and Alan Lancer both are good.
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Re: Beginner Woodturner
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2017, 12:45:11 pm »
Thanks Dan, I will check them out.

My wife got me the Keith Rowley "Woodturning a foundation course" book and dvd for Christmas last year which really helped.

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Re: Beginner Woodturner
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2017, 05:55:33 pm »
 That bowl is beautiful Hilltop and so is the plate.

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Re: Beginner Woodturner
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2017, 08:29:08 pm »
Excellent bowls.  Finish is good and I like the design.

My first lathe was one of those Craftsman.  Spindle work only and I didn't like doing it because I didn't know what I was doing.  Sold it and few years later picked up an old Delta, than another one.  Figured I needed to learn how to turn so I went to a week long school.  Still don't know how to turn but I'm getting better.  Of course I decided I needed a big lathe so sold both Delta's.  Now I'm pretty much hooked and joined a club a couple of years ago.

Went to the AAW symposium in KC and saw a bunch of pro turners doing demos.  Really liked Richard Raffan so when I got home checked out his DVD from the club and found his book on ebay.  $8 delivered and I've learned a lot.  Ellsworth also has a book worth the money.

Believe it or not turning has taught me a lot that has helped with my flat work and also on the sawmill.  I look at wood in an entirely new light.
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Re: Beginner Woodturner
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2017, 11:24:18 pm »
Thanks guys, I sure do look at trees differently now I also find myself cutting and splitting firewood differently trying to find interesting grain patterns.

As far as finish goes I have been using what I had on hand which is Minwax paste finishing wax, if the wood has softer areas in it I have put their pre stain sealer and it and let it dry it seem to help cut and sand smoother.

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Re: Beginner Woodturner
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2017, 10:44:11 am »
You have fallen into the spinny vortex.  It's addictive...in a good way.
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Re: Beginner Woodturner
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2017, 04:34:08 pm »
I am not an experienced pro like a lot of folks but I really love working on the lathe.  Doesn't matter if it is bowls, pens, bottle stoppers, or whatever.  The lathe is an addiction and I love it.  Be safe though.  I too have a more crooked nose due to a piece of red tip bush coming off the chuck.