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    Walnut Sphere

    I performed my first lathe demo at Woodcraft today. I had a lot of fun! Here's the outcome, a 3.5" Walnut Sphere. (Danish oil finish, not cured.)

    Hutch

    P.S. It's partially sapwood, that's why the one side is so light in color.
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    Ha!!! that's cool Hutch Gotta a few tips
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    No Mustard for Me....

    They have a 2 hp Jet in the shop. It was quite nice to use, and the spindle turning I demonstrated came out nice as a result.

    Tips? Use a bowl gouge. Actually, if you really do want me to explain it, I would be more than willing.

    Hutch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Hutchinson View Post
    ...Tips? Use a bowl gouge. ...
    Real men use a skew to make a sphere. I don't, but real men do, or at least that's what I've read.

    That's a pretty perfect-looking sphere to me. Nice work, Hutch.
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    Goodl looking piece and yes tell us how to do it with a skew.
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    That's very good Hutch... I'm still working on getting spheres round.. too often they come out like eggs.... I use a skew, maybe I should try a bowl gouge??
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    Skew....

    Well, I have never tried using a skew for a sphere. I have turned beads with one, but that's in a regular spindle orientation. After the first turning, the rough sphere is oriented in a faceplate orientation, and I didn't even realize a skew is the traditional tool for this project. Guess it makes sense though. Hm, learn something new everyday. Just for that, I may have to go try one using a skew. I love a good challenge!! Thanks all!

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    That's neat. I saw a demo once on doing that but forgit how he did it.

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    And the tutorial is posted.

    Well, I just finished a sphere turning tutorial, posted in the Q and A forum. I just had to go out and try my hand at making a ball with a skew, and I took photos of the process. I have to say that I prefer turning spheres with a bowl gouge.

    Hutch

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