well gang, since this had quite a few pictures, they will be posted in 3 posts (this being the first). to get started, i wanted to show the save of the very first bench that i had made. our dad used it, and abused it with his can crushing, and general taking apart of metal things. he was going to take it apart and cut it up, but i said i could use it as a portable bench for my tools while i did my turning. i guess since it wasn't a new bench, he couldn't grouse too much. in the next couple of photos, the flame birch blanks living up to their names, and the behemoth, that is how i lovingly refer to my lathe platform. the mini lathe on the end is going to one of pop's neighbors as soon as h makes up his mind. you can see in the picture of the blanks, i have already taken care of turning them to round. the next ones show how i line up the blank between the chuck and the live center, to maintain a somewhat true line. the next ones show the blank chucked up, and ready to turn, then i turn several notches to the overall outside diameter of 2.5", and the blank turned down to that diameter. the last 3 pictures show the marking of the overall height at 4", the set up for the beads at the top and bottom, and the turned beads.