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    My first Bowl

    This bowl was made from some oak I had laying around.
    Boy is this hard to turn, I definately need a class in turning. Please be gentle with me, I think it came out okAttachment 2507

    Attachment 2508

    Attachment 2509

    And my lathe with shavings

    Attachment 2510.
    Richard "Butch" Leshner

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    Butch,
    Oak is a very difficult wood to turn. You did a great job. Next time try some walnut or maple and you'll find it a lot more fun to turn. Remember sharp tools and turn as fast as you're confortable. One of the things I learned was speed can be you friend.
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    I started turning this at around 1000 but slowed it down to about 650 it went much better. I didnt want to ruin an expensive piece of wood thats why I glued together some oak I had.
    Richard "Butch" Leshner

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    Ya did good!

    I think you could easily keep a few handfuls of M&Ms in there, so it is a bowl MUCH better then the first one It tired

    So, how did you like the new lathe?

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    I love it, I think I'll like it even more when I get the wolverine jig put together. Tools get dull quickly on oak.
    Richard "Butch" Leshner

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    I hear you on the sharpening, I'm going to write a little sign on the wall near my lathe, in line of sight that says "Time to Sharpen????" I don't do it as much as I should.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Butch you got more patients than I do. I don't like turning oak at all but you did a nice job on it. It is about as good to turn to me as black locust. You have to sharpen tools every 3 or 4 turns.
    Bernie W.

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    Good job.
    Lesson #1: Don't turn oak.
    I just did one, and it is tough. Could have done four with other woods in the time I spent on that one.

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