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Thread: What I learned about wood turning today

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs

    What I learned about wood turning today

    1. Rome wasnt built in a day
    2. Spanish cedar can become very costly if you use it for firewood
    3. Wood turning takes something I dont have, talent.
    4. Rome wasnt built in a day
    5. Spanish cedar can become very costly if you use it for firewood
    6. Rome wasnt built in a day

    Please laugh with me, and not at me.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Not laughing Allen, but smiling.

    You have probably already had this thought, but in case you haven't, I'd suggest picking up a couple or three 2 x 4 studs, cut them into 12" to 16" lengths, then rip them into 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" spindle practice blanks. Then proceed to try all sorts of different shapes and cuts and such. By the time you've turned most of those 2 x 4s into shavings, you'll have a lot better feel for what you can and cannot do for your cabinet legs.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Near enough. When was the last time you inspected table legs in someone's house?


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    I ran out of 2x4s, been cutting them up and spinning shapes, figured I really need to spin what Im going to turn and see how it feels.
    Im patient. Worst that will happen is that Ill just spin the legs round on the bottom for my kids cabinets, and shell have to live with it.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    Hey Allen, i dont turn!!! yu dont need to listen to this so close your ears you do need to listen to vaughn, make some prototypes get one right or two parts from two legs right then add them together on one leg,,still using scrap..after yu get one that looks the way you want it on scrap then measure and transfer the measurements to your good wood and go slow, you have all day or all week to make these. get your self a caliper and use it for the diameter measuring, the pencil will give yu the start and stop lines for length of profile. then make a template of what you have outa the first good wood one and use that as a gauge to make the others cut and check and still use your measurements and caliper for the dimensioning..
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    NorCal, USA
    Table legs? I thought it was your second and third pens. (laughing WITH you)

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    What I learned about wood turning today


    You're right, Rome was not built in a day (It took a whole week, & a half, if I remember correctly. But that was a long time ago. I forget now)

    For someone who doesn't turn, Larry has given you good advice. Do what he and Vaughn have suggested. Practice will let you find that hidden talent for turning you say you don't have. Take it slow. Try all kinds of shapes. Learn your tools. It will come.

    And, nobody is going to laugh at you. We all started there at one time.

    Aloha, Tony
    "You got to learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself". (Author unknown)

    "Time flies like..... an arrow,,,Fruit flies like..... a banana." Groucho Marx

    Ah,,,to live in Paradise!

    Registered voting member

    Fighting for all I am worth, and praying every day.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    another thing you want to do, is keep your speed reasonable. not too slow, nor too fast. if you get a catch at high speed, best case is it feels like when you hit a baseball too close to your hands and you get that impact shock up your arms, worst case would be what i just mentioned, along with the possibility of very rapidly moving parts of what you were turning moving past you, while you are still wondering what happened. DAMHIK
    benedictione omnes bene

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    I never launched anything when turning between centers, now don't ask me about bowls...
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Does anyone else think Larry is a closet turner?
    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.

    I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place.

    Premier Bovine Scatologist


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