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post #1 of 6 Old 10-05-2010, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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More practice.

I have been practicing my lathe techniques and getting used to cutting with my chisels. I needed some file handles so I thought that'd make a nice beginner project for me to practice with some scraps. It also gave me some more practice with sanding and finishing. I tried a few finishes including CA, laquer, poly and wax. I didn't apply a whole lot of coats, just enough to see how things start to look finished. Sorry the pic sucks, my digital camera crapped out and I had to use my cell. This turning is fun stuff though!!
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That is a good project. It looks like you got pretty fancy there on one of them. Keep it up. And yea, they don't call it the vortex for nothing.

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That's a good project. I think my first turning projects many years ago was a handle for a file. I now have way too many files so about a year ago I dug up a bunch of scraps and turned handles for all of them. Glad I did.
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Nice handles but what did you use for the ferrals?Are they the brass fittings from a plumbing store cause I heard some people use them?Itchy

***For the record*** Ive made hundreds of guitar bodies,never put one together and cant play a note.
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Yeah Itchy, I had some 3/4" brass piping left from when I finished my basement. I use my 3/4" wrench as a caliper and cut a tenon on the end and tap the pipe into place then cut it with a hacksaw. Grind it smooth and sand it with 600 grit. Works well. Thanks all for the kind words!

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Looks great ACP.

File handles are one of my "go-to" Christmas presents for the shop guys.Usually a handful thrown in a plain brown paper sack.I use electrical EMT tubing.

One of the few really good deals on Flea-Bay is spring calipres.Look for machinist tools.You can find some great old USA stuff.Starret,B&S,Lufkin.They are rediculously cheap.BW
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