Turning Archive 2007

First attempts

Alfred Poor
>Thanks to all who chimed in to help with my new Jet mini lathe in December. The punchline is that the smoked leaked out of the windings after about 10 minutes of use, and they sent me a replacement motor. No problems since. I duplicated a meat pounder from the kitchen as some spindle work, then tried to learn to use my new chuck (never had one before). The first two bowls were "learning experiences" and not shown here. My next attempts were a bit more successful, but I still have a lot more to learn:

Cherry bowl, about 4" diameter

Osage orange bowl, 4.7" x 1.5"

Black walnut treasure box, 2" x 3.7"

Cherry top, 1.2" x 1.8"

White oak platter, 7.8" x 0.9"

All the wood came from trees on or near our property, except for the platter which was the cut-off of a rough cut plank, leftover from another project. Most pieces are finished with just butchers wax. I've still got a lot to learn about tearout and sanding and not leaving so many tool marks, but I'm having fun learning from my mistakes.

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