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My 1st day really turning

You guys have been great at coaching me through my learning process in the art of turning wood inside out.
Well I finally got to spend a whole day & nite turning some wood.
I used my new Easywood tools and LOVE them!!!
I also incorporated better sanding and finishing techniques by purchasing multiple grades of sandpaper.
Much room for improvement, but I'm finally getting some decent results because of the great tips that you guys have shared with us.
Thank you!!!!!!

Starting with the blanks



Chucking it up with the worm screw



Brought the tail stock up for stability while I trued it to round



Making some shavings!!!!!



Got my outside ready. Mortise is ready for chucking up



Finishing the outside



Flipped it around



Takin' a break......



Hogging out the inside





Sanding 'er up





Done for now.......



This is what I did for a full day and a half......



a very happy newbie turner.......



Thanks to all of you .......and You Tube..........and EZWood tools.......

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My results

Oak





Vermont Black Cherry



Bamboo plywood





Curly maple



Birdseye maple





Cherry firewood burl





All of them together



That's all for now......thank you again......

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Great day! Lots of fun, huh? Bowls are looking good. Now comes the challenge...try and make your curves more continuous...no straight lines. That'll keep you busy for a while . Only criticism...lose the gloves and get a face shield. Otherwise, keep up the good work.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Hi Dusty...
I was hoping you'd see this.

I did lose the gloves later in the day. It gave me a much better touch when it came to finishing with the tools. I still wear them for sanding.

When you say continuous with no straight lines are you referring to a roundish / curved shape?
Can you show me a pic of one of your shapes that I should try to mimic?

Thanks for the critique.
I'm looking for a face-shield today.........

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Look in the Project showcase for Purple elm bowl...that has been my best one so far as to a nice continuous curve both inside and outside the bowl. If you switch to power sanding (with discs on a drill) you can loose the gloves and your sanding will go easier. I was reluctant to try this at first, but now I never hand sand bowls anymore.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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You're gonna make me up my game even more aren't ya?

Power sanding......I have plenty of grinders and drills available. What would you suggest for the attachment and sanding discs?

I see the shape ...... I'll try it next

Oh boy...here we go......

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Really nice start, there...

You are already ahead of where I started!

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Excellent work for a new turner

You can never have too much pepperoni on your pizza or own too many clamps.
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Oh boy...here we go......
It only gets worse Welcome to the vortex that is known as wood turning

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Very nice turnings.
It may be that by smooth lines sawdustfactory is referring to something such as a catenary curve. I made one when I started by adding grids to a 1X6 16” long and using a small chain and push pins. Page 5 of this link shows the idea. http://www.stwt.org/tompkins_design.pdf
Not that you have to stick with it but it does give at least one option.

I do agree with the glove (the loose one). I use one fairly often but it is very tight and the fingers are cut out at the middle joint.
1+ on a good quality face shield also.

This is the place I use for my sanding disc. I use the 2” (2-3/8) blue flex disc. He does have starter kits as you will see.
http://www.vinceswoodnwonders.com/store/
Most people just chuck them up in a standard drill. Use a light touch or you can melt the Velcro hooks.

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Good job TC,
you're off to a good start. One thing I would mention is to not depend totally on the easiwood tools. Learn to use some of the classic lathe tools. You can do almost anything with a good bowl gouge. The EW tools have their place, but they don't take the place of the traditional tools. Keep it up, you'll be building more shelves to put your finish pieces on.
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This is the place I use for my sanding disc. I use the 2” (2-3/8) blue flex disc. He does have starter kits as you will see.
[URL="http://www.vinceswoodnwonders.com/store/"]http://www.vinceswoodnwonders.com/store/[/
Thanks for the lead. They are WAY cheaper than what I've been buying! I just placed an order.
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Good job TC,
you're off to a good start. One thing I would mention is to not depend totally on the easiwood tools. Learn to use some of the classic lathe tools. You can do almost anything with a good bowl gouge. The EW tools have their place, but they don't take the place of the traditional tools. Keep it up, you'll be building more shelves to put your finish pieces on.
Mike Hawkins
Thanks for the encouragement, Mike.
...I agree with you. I need to understand and learn more about the traditional tools and I will hone my skills further with the bowl gouge and other tools.

I bought a nice Sorby 3/8" bowl gouge in the beginning to go along with the classic skews and spindle tools that came with the donated lathe.
I sharpened and read and watched tutorials but I just couldn't see or feel what the cutting edge was doing and boom! another catch....

I was getting "digger fright" as someone called it. I was so scared of catches and diggers that I couldn't relax and enjoy the process.
My arms and shoulders were so tense, I had no "feel" and I would be sore after only a short time at the lathe.

I decided to try the EZWood and this was the first time I was able to "feel" the cuts.
I have had my first taste of the joy that comes from working with a tool that I have complete confidence in.

It's that confidence that you folks have from lots of practice and a thorough knowledge of how the tools work.

But I promise I will make time to practice with the traditional tools, too.

Thanks again...... as always.
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Only criticism...lose the gloves and get a face shield. Otherwise, keep up the good work.
I agree, and unless it's freezing in your shop, no long sleeves. You might also consider using a respirator, especially if you do sanding. Another +1 for traditional turning tools.








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Another + for traditional tools. Not that I am against innovation, I even make up my own tools sometimes.
I do know how you feel about getting beat up while roughing out and spectacular catches. Been there….still there sometimes.
Bill Grumbine’s is very good but I recommend Lyle Jamieson’s DVD Bowl Basics – The Easy Way.
He does go into a lot of topics but the DVD (2) is about 4.5 hours long. He explains/shows in great detail each cut and only turns one bowl. It is all about technique and why, not that I agree with everything but it gives a firm base for understanding the bowl gouge.
It is not cheap ($40), but if allowed here you can resell it in just a couple of days after you get all the good out of it you can. I have purchased probably 15 DVD’s and resold them for 66-77% in just a couple of days, usually the same day.
Every one I have learned from and at $5-10 per lesson that about as cheap as an education gets imho.

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I get what you mean about the EZWood tools. I started with them too. They made it possible to create projects with very little learning curve which is a great way to get you hooked fast. It wasn't long before I started feeling limited and bought some gouges and a sharpening setup. The EZ tools are pretty bored these days though I do occasionally reach for one. I get a cleaner surface in most situations with a sharp gouge and the turning experience is somehow more satisfying too. Plus there are way more gouges out there to buy so I will never have to worry about what to do with all my extra money:)
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