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Turned my first bowl.

Practiced turning a bowl out of a piece of oak firewood. Very basic design, but it's my first bowl; and I like her. Her name's Darla. BLO finish.
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Nice work!

I keep thinking about getting a lathe, mostly so I can make furniture legs for my next project, a new bedroom set. But then I see all kinds of other cool things, and my wife says she wants to make bowls and stuff.
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Nice work!

I keep thinking about getting a lathe, mostly so I can make furniture legs for my next project, a new bedroom set. But then I see all kinds of other cool things, and my wife says she wants to make bowls and stuff.
You don't know what you are missing. A lathe is a lot of fun.
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Nice work!

I keep thinking about getting a lathe, mostly so I can make furniture legs for my next project, a new bedroom set. But then I see all kinds of other cool things, and my wife says she wants to make bowls and stuff.
They are a lot of fun. Would have probably never gotten into turning, but a friend gave me an old Craftsman lathe. They are very handy. Just got the materials to make a disk sander attachment and table and going to make a drum sander attachment and table for it before long.
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Very nice work, John! I would say it is upgraded from firewood now. How large is that - about 10" to 12" across?

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Very nice work, John! I would say it is upgraded from firewood now. How large is that - about 10" to 12" across?

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Thank you. =) It's only about 6 inches across. Didn't realize until now that the angles in the picture make it look huge. LOL. Wish I had a piece of stock that large. Can't wait till the next time I see some large logs next to the road after someone has had a tree removed. All the times I have passed those is haunting me.
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You don't know what you are missing. A lathe is a lot of fun.
Oh, I know what I'm missing all right! That's why I am eyeballing the Rikon 70-220vsr and why I have a stack of library books about turning next to my chair, some for me, and some for the wife!
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sanchez, be aware that the lathe is the tip of the iceberg. A lathe can go for say, $400-800, but you will have more than that in the tools, chucks, accessories, low speed grinder to sharpen, etc. My wife keeps asking when I'm going to get a cheap hobby.
Edit: Good to make good use of firewood. My complements on the bowl.
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Looks good, I too thought it was about 12 inches or so

I am just finishing 6 3 1/2x7 salad bowls from laminated ash, turned out pretty good

And yes the lathe is the cheap part, but you can add as you go, the first tool I owned was a 12x36 Rockwell lathe, I traded a rock saw for it, I was 11 or 12 at the time, go over being a rock hound turned into a wood nut LOL
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Looks good, I too thought it was about 12 inches or so

I am just finishing 6 3 1/2x7 salad bowls from laminated ash, turned out pretty good

And yes the lathe is the cheap part, but you can add as you go, the first tool I owned was a 12x36 Rockwell lathe, I traded a rock saw for it, I was 11 or 12 at the time, go over being a rock hound turned into a wood nut LOL
Mind sharing a picture? Would love to see them. Did you glue together ash boards or ash ply? The ply around here is really bad with voids and whatnot that I haven't even attempted to turn anything with it.
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Mind sharing a picture? Would love to see them. Did you glue together ash boards or ash ply? The ply around here is really bad with voids and whatnot that I haven't even attempted to turn anything with it.
I will try to remember to have my wife take some pics of them. I used solid ash, it is real cheap around here

I will see if I can get a picture of a segmented ash bowl I turned
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Looks nice! I just got my first lathe in today. Can't wait to get it set up and running this weekend!
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I will try to remember to have my wife take some pics of them. I used solid ash, it is real cheap around here

I will see if I can get a picture of a segmented ash bowl I turned
That's beautiful! You have some skills. Hope to be that good some day.
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Looks nice! I just got my first lathe in today. Can't wait to get it set up and running this weekend!
Awesome and congrats! Would love to see your first project. Don't put me to too much shame.
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Awesome and congrats! Would love to see your first project. Don't put me to too much shame.
A friend let me use his lathe to see if I would enjoy it, so technically, I've already done my first project. It's just a pen, but so for it's cost me about $1000, since it convinced me to buy the lathe and a bunch of accessories.
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A friend let me use his lathe to see if I would enjoy it, so technically, I've already done my first project. It's just a pen, but so for it's cost me about $1000, since it convinced me to buy the lathe and a bunch of accessories.
That's a nice, but expensive pen! Was given everything I have, but as I look for extras (including wood to turn), I'm finding out how expensive it is. Hence the firewood project. Can't wait to see your new turns as well.
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Nice job! But a warning-woodturning is very addictive!
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A friend let me use his lathe to see if I would enjoy it, so technically, I've already done my first project. It's just a pen, but so for it's cost me about $1000, since it convinced me to buy the lathe and a bunch of accessories.

Just so you know, pen turning is very addictive. I'm so hooked I can't imagine working on other wood projects. My wife has just given up on me, she knows where to find me. I've been turning pens for about three months now, I've done about 40 of them plus a few other items. But ENJOY while you can!!
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Great work!
Turning truly is addicting, but ease your way into buying stuff or you will end up with a lot of stuff you don't need or use often enough to be worth it.

Also, the best advice I got from an experienced turner when i started out was to spend as much time on the bottom of the bowl as you do on the top. For some weird reason, when you show people your work, the first thing they do is turn it over!

The best investment I've made for the lathe was a self-centering chuck, if that helps.

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Turning truly is addicting, but ease your way into buying stuff or you will end up with a lot of stuff you don't need or use often enough to be worth it.

Also, the best advice I got from an experienced turner when i started out was to spend as much time on the bottom of the bowl as you do on the top. For some weird reason, when you show people your work, the first thing they do is turn it over!

The best investment I've made for the lathe was a self-centering chuck, if that helps.

Keep your tools sharp!

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Thanks Jesse,

Roger that on the buying stuff. Had a tendency to buy way too much. About a month or so ago, I made a rule that I won't buy something until I actually need it. Not when I think I may need it some day. Has already saved me quite a bit. lol. Want a chuck so bad. Been looking at diy chucks including one that a member here makes. On the bowl bottom, I cut the center to form a ring on the outside rim for the bowl to sit. Hadn't thought about people looking there, but I do the same thing.

Thanks for the tips. :)

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Just so you know, pen turning is very addictive. I'm so hooked I can't imagine working on other wood projects. My wife has just given up on me, she knows where to find me. I've been turning pens for about three months now, I've done about 40 of them plus a few other items. But ENJOY while you can!!
Have any vids or equipment tips for making pens? Want to try them out, but don't know what to get and what to avoid when it comes to stuff.
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