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Thread: A beginner's turnings

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    WNY, Buffalo Area

    A beginner's turnings

    Here are a few turnings that I have done so far. Nothing fancy, but have to start some where.

    Picture1: from right to left, early attempt at a spindle. Then a mini baseball bat, then (most recently) an attempt at a finial.

    Picture2: The mini baseball bat, from a piece of pine 2x4

    Picture3: The finial and the part of the cut off of blank done on the new bandsaw. Done using a pine 4x4. This was also the first time i used the face plate on the lathe.

    Picture4: you can see how my first finial kept getting smaller and smaller, in comparison to the size of the blank that I started with. The original length of the blank was about 6 1/2in.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Turnings01.jpg   Turnings02.jpg   Turnings03.jpg   Turnings04.jpg  
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.

  2. #2
    Sean...Nice first turnings!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Looks good Sean! Keep turning - it does get easier with doing! Be safe and have fun!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Way to go Sean. Great first turnings. Keep practicing and keep'em coming.
    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.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Odessa, Tx
    Whatcha mean, "Finial", Sean? That's a really nice Trailer hitch Ball, (when you get the threads cut on it).

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Good start, new guy. Pine 2x4s are a real pain to turn, because it's not easy getting a clean cut. On the other hand, that's the first thing lot of folks turn, because that's what they have in the scrap bin. Ya done good. From the looks of the pics, you nailed the sphere shape.

    By the way, around here, you're not officially a woodturner until you make a bonker. And I'd say once you trim up the ends of the mini-bat, that will qualify as an excellent first bonker.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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