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New lathe for Christmas

Howdy,
As the title suggests, it was a good Holiday.
My time to turn was very limited until recently, and I'm learning as I go.

Things I've learned:
I need finer grit sandpaper than I'm used to using...
Turning marks do not magically disappear when you put finish on wood!
Sharp tools are cool...
Standing at a lathe for a few hours can REALLY put a crick in yer neck!
Early efforts tend to look like early efforts...
My wife loves tea candle holders...
(or is just boosting my fragile ego, and I don't have the skills to turn anything else now.)!

early efforts...
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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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post #2 of 19 Old 01-25-2011, 10:08 AM
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learning and practice make perfect
read alot and try new things and all will be good
you are on the right track
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Looks like a nice start. I don't even have a lathe yet but I am getting prepared before I make my decision what to get. Last night I went to our local WW supplier and paid $35.00 for a 3 hour course on lathe basics, I beleive the money was well spent. Have fun

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A good start Paulie.Lets see a pic of your new Lathe.

***For the record*** Ive made hundreds of guitar bodies,never put one together and cant play a note.
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Thanks guys!

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...a 3 hour course on lathe basics
I had intentions to attend a bowl turning class this past Sunday, but nobody else signed up for it, and the guy wasn't too interested in teaching an army of one. T'was a football day, apparently.

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Lets see a pic of your new Lathe.
I'll try this evening, but I don't think it's visible beneath the mountain of wood chips!

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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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I'll try this evening, but I don't think it's visible beneath the mountain of wood chips!

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thats how they look best
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Funny how I can tell that I've worked with walnut, honey locust, olive(mmmm...olive), ERC, "yellow" wood (really, really yellow wood), koa, poplar, pecan, cedar (not red or eastern)...

I've multicolored layers of woodchips!

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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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poplar walnut cedar and cherry is all ive turned
i bet olive is fun to smell
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I'd rather turn than watch football. I guess I'm one of the weird ones. Stop the lathe and sand with the grainl, it will get rid of the radial lines. I usually sand with one grit, stop the lathe and sand lightly with the grain. The go to the next grit.
With really careful proper technique you can get rid of the horizontal lines sanding with the lathe running but it's challenging.
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Thanks again guys!

The lathe has a reverse switch and changing direction seems to help with the sanding.

I've found that many of the marks remain due to my impatience with the sanding...
Often they disappear with the coarser grits and then seem to reappear with the fine stuff...

If I take my time and pay attention, things improve...
Go figure!

...and yes the olive has a very pleasing aroma.

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I think your first projects look great!

Being a beginner myself, I can certainly vouch for having sharp tools at hand. Another thing that really helps with removing tool marks is to not make them to begin with, which I found takes a lot of patience and not trying to take too much material off at once. I still find myself trying to rush myself through a project instead of being a little more patient and taking smaller, slower cuts. The end result is well worth the extra time and patience as your piece will look much better once you start to sand it down.

My encouragement is that the more I turn and the more comfortable I get with my lathe, tools, and technique the easier and more enjoyable it become to make something. Like everyone on here says, practice makes perfect!

I want to die quietly in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like the passengers of his car.
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Glidden,
I agree that it gets easier as you go along...
I am spending an inordinate amount of time standing over this thing.
I'm not getting much else done now.

Pics of my fancy shop and the lathe on a 2x10 across a coupla horses...
I have an extension also, not assembled yet...
I will mount it somewhere one day...
As of now, I'm turning small stuff and am not concerned with it rolling on me... Right..?

Also a couple more candle holders with simple forms...
And no, the pedestals are not there for any reason, other than to hold stuff off the table.

Thanks always,

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I can see why you say "Standing at a lathe for a few hours can REALLY put a crick in yer neck!" If you are straddling those horses you will have back problems as well. I think the best height is with your arms bent at 90 degrees to your elbows standing straight up is the best height. I need to raise my lathe about 1 Ĺ inch because my back takes a beating when I stand there very long. By the way that is a really nice Delta lathe and it has great features for the money. When you sand the reverse helps but donít forget to go thru at least 150, 220, 320, 400 (and at times up to 4000) grit sand paper. I start out with 150 until I am satisfied with the contour and minor dings in the part than progress thru the other grits. I use the stiff sponge that comes with the micro grade grits as a backer for all of my sanding, and I also use the sponge backing of the thin 3M sanding pads for the beads and coves because the stiff sponge from the micro grits is too large to get into the creases.
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Howdy,
As the title suggests, it was a good Holiday.
My time to turn was very limited until recently, and I'm learning as I go.

Things I've learned:
I need finer grit sandpaper than I'm used to using...
Turning marks do not magically disappear when you put finish on wood!
Sharp tools are cool...
Standing at a lathe for a few hours can REALLY put a crick in yer neck!
Early efforts tend to look like early efforts...
My wife loves tea candle holders...
(or is just boosting my fragile ego, and I don't have the skills to turn anything else now.)!

early efforts...
Hi,

I received a new lathe for Christmas as well. Haven't done any turning yet as I'm not sure which tools I should buy. Hoping this weekend to get them. Going to my first meeting at our local woodturning club tonight and will be asking for recommendations.
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'Tis the season (to learn!)

Seems lots of us are taking lessons -- I'm signed up for an "intro to bowl turning" class at the local Woodcraft store this Saturday. I hope the teacher achieves the same results with me as she got when I attended her Pen Turning class

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I can see why you say "Standing at a lathe for a few hours can REALLY put a crick in yer neck!" If you are straddling those horses you will have back problems as well. I think the best height is with your arms bent at 90 degrees to your elbows standing straight up is the best height. I need to raise my lathe about 1 Ĺ inch because my back takes a beating when I stand there very long. By the way that is a really nice Delta lathe and it has great features for the money. When you sand the reverse helps but donít forget to go thru at least 150, 220, 320, 400 (and at times up to 4000) grit sand paper. I start out with 150 until I am satisfied with the contour and minor dings in the part than progress thru the other grits. I use the stiff sponge that comes with the micro grade grits as a backer for all of my sanding, and I also use the sponge backing of the thin 3M sanding pads for the beads and coves because the stiff sponge from the micro grits is too large to get into the creases.
Bob, thanks for the advice...
The horses really aren't in my way, I think the angle of the pics is a bit misleading...

I really like the idea of using the sponges, I'll get on that.
I am in the market for SP to 600+ grit, the local box store only carries to 320...

Any suggestions on this or needed tools. I was given a set of tools as an additional gift, but am sure there are others that may make my work easier.

I'm also searching for a sharpening jig for my grinder...

Goldeneyes, please pass along any wisdom gained at the club!

Does the madness ever end..?

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as long as the money is flowing the madness will never end
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abranet up to 400 grit gives nice finish
i like abranet because it doesnt clog and it lasts for EVER
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Seems lots of us are taking lessons -- I'm signed up for an "intro to bowl turning" class at the local Woodcraft store this Saturday. I hope the teacher achieves the same results with me as she got when I attended her Pen Turning class
Feb. 19th, my husband and I are taking a green wood bowl turning class at our local Lee Valley store. This will be my second class for green wood, and a first for my husband.
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