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    Red face A humbling experience!

    I volunteered to turn 12 bubinga knobs for a fellow woodworkers project. What a humbling experience! I practiced for 3 weeks using up about 5' of 3" by 3" poplar. I started with 3 12" x 2" x2" bubinga. I could get 5 - 2" x 2" x 2" pieces out of each of the 3 pieces of bubinga. The 6th piece was to small to be held in the jaws I have for my chuck.

    Trying to make 12 identical knobs was a challenge. It proved to me how well honed my turning skills really are...or are not! I called and was talking with John Hart about it and he said.....You remember what NAVY stands for don't you?....NO......Never Again Volunteer Yourself!.....I'd forgotten......

    So here they are for your display and scrutiny.....15 bubinga knobs...I hope the guy can find 12 he can use!

    For you beginner turners....the last photo is the remnants of the blanks. Look at the "shoulders" or "tenons"....the jaws of the chuck grasp the tenon but the pressures exerted during turning are actually supported on the shoulders where the tenon meets the body of the wood. Some of the tenons were only 1/8 long.

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    Last edited by Ken Fitzgerald; 03-18-2007 at 03:37 AM.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Despite your trials and tribulations, they came out looking very nice, Ken. I try real hard to not make the same thing twice...I'll bet you can see why now.
    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
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    You don't look humble to me Fitzgerald. By the way you did a wonderful job on them Ken. You should be proud.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    The Woodlands, Texas

    Great Job Ken!

    Hello Ken,

    I feel your pain... My first production run was a real eye opener. Looks like a very nice production run you have there, congrats! Bubinga is a nice wood to work with. I've had an 18" x 18" x 5" thick bowl blank of Bubinga for a few years and have yet to turn it. Love those exotics! Take care and best wishes to you and yours!
    Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

    Steve Russell
    Eurowood Werks Studio
    Professional Studio Woodturner

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Ken, I already said this once on that "other forum" - ya dun good on these knobs. Unless they are going to be put side by side on a piece, no one will ever know that they aren't "production run" pieces (except you), and you are soon going to have people knocking on your door to do more. Are you ready???

    Nancy Laird
    FWW Registered Voter and Voting Member
    Woodworker, turner, laser engraver; RETIRED!!

    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to his country for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' If you love your country, thank a vet.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    A fellow contacted me about reproducing about 40 finials for an antique he was restoring. These were large things, over 4" tall and pretty fancy. I gave him a quote of $35.00 each. He really flipped and said he could buy a lathe for that kind of money and do it himself. I politely as possible suggested that was exactly what he should do. Last I heard, he still needed his finials. You did well, and I'm sure it was a learning experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy Laird View Post
    and you are soon going to have people knocking on your door to do more. Are you ready???



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Ken, like with table legs, the thing is to turn 12 "Similar" knobs, if they really need/want 12 "Identical" ones, they should buy them ready made, cut on some CNC machine.

    The hand turned "Similar" knobs will give life and character to the piece of furniture that no CNC "Identical" knobs ever will.

    You done good, DARN GOOD!!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    oswego county , upstate n.y.
    nice work ken and i learned what n a v y stands for
    what are you building today ??


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    Nice job Ken. I'm a sucker for knobs. They're my passion. I would be using all 15 knobs. They look really great. It had to be hard trying to make each one as close as possible to the others. They would look great on my kitchen cabinets....hint hint.

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