I think if I chuck up a hunk of wood I could turn a bowl or tray in an hour or two once I get the hang of it.
Im trying to make a serving tray using my router and template.
Uh vey, what a serious waste of time.
After gluing up alot of boards, and running them through the drum sander, I laminated 2 layers together, cherry and maple(thats what I have in shorts).
I was afraid the lamination might not be perfect, so I used 30 wood screws where I knew once the glue dried and remove them, Id be drilling out the holes anyway. It was a good idea.
so this is where Im at after almost 3 hours into this thing.
I figured I have another 2 hours before I can start sanding.
I have alot of lucite, so I made a 12inch x 12 inch plate for the router, to slide over the template.
Works well. better than buying it for 20 bucks.
Its a slow, tedious process.
I think Id enjoy the lathe work more, just have to eventually get a larger lathe.
After I hit the 2 hour time limit I set for myself, experimenting with making boxes for money, I put the 2 machine made dovetailed boxes aside, probably wont finish them, as it was an experiment in time vs production for profit, and its a complete failure profit wise. Im not unrealistic in believing what anyone can get for a simple box.
I might finish that serving tray, only because I used alot of wood, and Id hate to toss it into the fire pit at this point. I had cut out a circle pattern so I can cut a few at a time and try to see if it can be profitable. Just dont think a tray like that will fetch 200 dollars, so whats the point.
(I know my circle center is off, before I cut tray outside, I will measure again and get center.)