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First turned project on the new christmas present

Here is my first ever attempt at turning anything in wood. I am an experienced metal turner but this was totally new to me. I got way over ambitious and tried a bandsaw bowl for my first project. 1 or 2 things went terribly wrong. I believe that I did not have it centered well enough and I think my rings should have been thicker. When I broke through I cut the top half off. The good news is I have all week to practice but I better spend the rest of the day with the wife and kids.
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-25-2011, 10:27 AM
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Merry Christmas to you
practice is the obly way to get better.show us your new lathe you got too
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It was hard to get a good pic with the window behind it. It is a delta 46-460. I really like the variable speed and the easy belt change. I hope to spend lots of hours on it this week. It has been a miserable two weeks knowing that it was hidden in the basement knowing that I couldn't mess with it until now.
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Practice practice practice is the only way to get better at turning. I have the same lathe and love it. Your bowl looks like you have a good start at a finished product.
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same lathe i have and its a nice one
keep practicing and keep sharpe tools
and watch lots of videos
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I watched a lot of videos over the past month or so and got a chance to practice again before we had to leave the house. I have big plans for tomorrow in the garage. Hopefully the kids cooperate.
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Hope you enjoy your new toy. I have one too and they are very nice. Pens are fun to turn too.
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I have both, a lathe and a bowl like that!

Enjoy your new toy. It's definitely fun, challenging and addictive!
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BTW, stick that sucker back in the lathe! I think i read the phrase here, "the wood defines what it is". It's destine to be a candle holder.

and don't forget to post pictures
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hate it when that happens

cut both halves off square
glue it back togather
and try again
if nothing else it'll be good
for practice
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Those bowl tops fly pretty well, or so I've heard. It's all in the wrist:)
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I turned that bowl into saw dust, using it for practice. I have turned a few more things since then. The mushrooms and candle holder are all out of green wood and the foot roller thing is made out of two pieces of 3/4 inch walnut glued together. I decided to do the mushrooms while the glue is drying on the segmented pieces I am gluing up. They were good practice and fun. Now I need to buy a chuck so I can do projects besides between centers.
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Buckeye, nice work there. I strongly suggest you turn a few "normal" bowls before diving right into segmented ones, just for sanity and practice sake. A mentor of mine said you need to turn at least 100 bowls before you really get good at it, and you need to be good at it if you want to succeed at segmental turning. Good luck to ya.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Even Bihn Pho said when he started he turned
beads and coves every day until he could turn
them in his sleep then moved onto something
new. Know what?? it works
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I have the same lathe and love it so far. Great attempt on the first bowl. I too am a novice turner and I'm loving every step of the way, including my failures. The other pieces are great too. Keep up the great work and keep up the practice. You're gonna get the hang of it just like I will. Looking forward to your future posts.

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Sawdustfactory, I am practicing and I am pretty sure I am going to get signed up for a class soon. So far I have just been winging it and enjoying the heck out of wood turning. I enjoy looking at the more experienced turners projects on here and I can't help myself, I want to make similar projects.
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Welcome to the addiction!
Follow the advice of those above, and have fun with it.

You'll be amazed comparing the stuff you turn today with the projects you're completing next summer!

You'll also be amazed when someone shows you how to use all yer tools properly!

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...ever notice how "I'm sorry" and "I apologize" mean the same thing, unless you are at a funeral..?
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Buckeye, I give you credit for jumping right in there. Just be careful. Take that class, you won't regret it.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Now I need to buy a chuck so I can do projects besides between centers.
When I first started, ( 8 months ago) I used a faceplate with 3" & 4" discs glued onto my blanks.





I put a piece of paper between the blank and the disk so they would separate easier when I was done turning.





After you remove the glued disk, you have to sand and finish it by hand.



I was able to turn a few bowls and plates using this method.
It at least got me to the point where I could justify getting a chuck.

Not that you need any justification to buy a new tool....

Learning more about tools everyday

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