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First try on a lathe

A friend of mine GAVE me a lathe. It's an older Craftsman, not much power, but it was free. I figured I'd try something easy first, so I did a giant bullet out of cedar. I learned a lot on this first project. One thing was not to hold the sandpaper on the project to tight. That sucker can generate some heat.
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First try on a lathe

Good start, Tip for sanding,cut some of those non abrasive woven scuff pads and use them as a backing pad for your sandpaper and run your lathe as slow as possable when sanding.Also don't hold the sandpaper tight against the piece,let it do the work and you will get much better results.

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Nice... what caliber is that?

Good tips on the sanding...

I cut that board three times and it's STILL too short!!!...
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Lathe sanding is better if you use a big enough piece that you can fold it twice so you have 4 thicknesses between your fingers and the turning.

Nice bullet. Are you going to drill a hole and make a lamp out of it?

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Nicer than the first project I turned. Great job.

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Nice job. Looks like a 105 to me. As has been mentioned fold the sandpaper into quarters or put some backing on it. Use light pressure. A piece that large has a lot of surface speed and you don't need hard pressure to sand, that only causes heat and reduces the efficiency of the sandpaper. The heating gets worse with finer grits so if you have the option slow the lathe down.
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Brad,
Nice job on the bullet. Pretty cool project. What everyone else said about the sanding is true. The other thing to keep in mind as you practice more is to make sure your tools are sharp, (whole 'nother subject) use them correctly, and strive for getting a good finish with the tools and keep the sanding to a minimum.
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Nice... what caliber is that?

Good tips on the sanding...

Thanks, It's 2 1/4" so that makes it a 57.15 mm.

Thanks for all the sanding advise everyone.
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