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First piece on my new lathe

Discussion in 'Turners' Completed Projects' started by SeanPEvans, May 17, 2019.

  1. SeanPEvans

    SeanPEvans Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    and first thing I’ve turned in 15 years! I’m still waiting for a bunch of tools to be delivered as well as my chuck, so I finally decided to just throw a piece of maple on and use the 3” faceplate that came with the lathe...glad I at least had a bowl gouge!

    Silver maple with a walnut foot; 8” wide by 4.75” tall.

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    Nature Man Member Full Member

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    Great! How did your new lathe work out??? Chuck
     
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    Wow, a 15 year sabbatical and a great job at that. We have not had luck drying silver maple here in the desert. Might try turning it wet. None of mine is as gorgeous as this.
     
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    William Tanner Member Full Member

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    Just saw your new lathe. Now I am suffering from an acute case of lathe envy. I can’t quite afford the remedy.
     
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    Beautiful bowl!! Now that the rust is knocked off what can we expect???:popcorn:
     
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    SeanPEvans Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Thank you. The thing works amazingly well, I can’t say enough good things about the company and their product! And made in the USA is quite nice too.
     
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    SeanPEvans Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Thanks, I appreciate that. And yeah, this piece was very green and turned pretty thin (maybe 1/8”?). Silver maple isn’t ideal, but my neighbor next door happened to have just cut it down recently so I couldn’t resist throwing it on while I wait for most of my tools and chuck.
     
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    SeanPEvans Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    I suffered from the self-same problem for years before finally committing to it!
     
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    Thanks! I’m planning on doing quite a bit with hollow forms, carving, and more multi-axis work. I also carve spoons, so I’ll also utilize the lathe for the bowl portion to speed that part up.

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  10. Bob Ireland

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    Very cool. With the wavy spoon were you able to get multiple spoons out of the same piece, as I guessing you turned the waves?
     
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  11. SeanPEvans

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    Thanks. That wavy spoon is entirely hand carved.
     
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    Nice to see you got back at it, feels good I'm sure!
     
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    It really does!
     
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    Very cool Sean! do you have a power carving setup? or use hand tools...
     
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    Thanks. These were all done with a rotary tool and various burrs.
     
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    Sweet...love turnings with the pith still in them :good2:
     
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    I do too. Amazingly it’s seeming to keep the bowl from warping too much, I think it’s due to the wood above the pith still being there.
     
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    No rust on you! Nicely done!

    Wish we got that heartwood color in our local silver maple!
     
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    Thanks! Sadly out of this whole tree this might have been the only useable piece due to pretty extensive damage caused by carpenter ants.
     
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    Great looking turn!
    Not like riding a bike but close.
    Enjoy the machine!!! I sure as hell like mine.
     
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