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post #1 of 12 Old 05-24-2012, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Pecan Mug

Eh, still need to give it a handle before its technically a 'mug', I suppose. Deer antler, perhaps? I've got a few lying around I'm sure.

This was just a trash piece of pecan but it turned out really nicely with a little spalting and what not that I didn't expect.

This is my second turned piece and I have alot of room to improve but I'm happy with how it came out. I just finished it with some wax and its good to go....well, it still needs a handle.....

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Great start. How deep is it hollowed?

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Alger, that is a fantastic start how deep its that? Check out some finishing techniques as well, to refine it a smooch. happy turnin,
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Oh, its hollowed all the way down. I actually wasn't watching the tape on the bore and went a little further than I wanted to. Its about 9" tall.

I need to read up on and practice some finsihing techniques. I used a few files and a couple different grains of sandpaper my FIL had lying around his shop.

Next turning project is going to be a bowl out of mesquite that was cut from a huge knot. When I get down to it, I intend to experiment with some finishes until I get it smooth and shiny.
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Did you turn that on a metal lathe?

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Did you turn that on a metal lathe?

Yes, my FIL rescued it from the scrap heap where he worked for 30 years, a large research complex here in San Antonio. He still turns metal on it now and then but mostly, its repurposed for wood working.
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Get yourself a real wood lathe, it's so much more fun.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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What sawdust said.
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I bet and its near the top of my wish list to be sure but not in the budget. I'm going back to school in the fall to get my MBA and finances are going to be tight. For now, I'll have to make do with borrowing my FIL's.

Out of curiosity, being a novice and all, what makes any lathe built specifically for wood working better than one built for metal working? This one is older than dirt but runs fantastically, is quiet and has all kinds of doodads that let a newbie like me cheat. Only thing is that its actually kinda smallish and the bottom rails are arranged such that about 11" diameter is the biggest you can turn on it.
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Wood lathes allow you more freedom as the tool is controlled by hand.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Mostly the difference is in the tools and tool rest. I had to turn some Aluminum for an artist. The gentle curves were very hard to do on t he metal lathe but roughing out the metal was much faster on the metal lathe. I roughed the turning on the metal lathe using the tool post. Then I installed a custom made tool rest that was round and resembled the round woodturning tool rests. I still had the metal on the metal lathe but used wood turning tools and my homemade tool rest to finish the turning. Worked great.
I will try and post of photo of the tool rest tomorrow. I think I still have it.
Metal lathe typically don't have the high speeds of wood lathes but that's not really needed. On the plus side they do have slower low speeds which can be good. They are also typically heavier than wood lathes which is good.
Michelle Holzapfel is a famous turner and carver who uses a metal lathe to turn her work. http://www.holzapfelwoodworking.com/michelle/
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Ah, well, this thing is old and very heavy. The tools assembly comes off and a tradtional rest can pop right on, I used it for the mallet I made. It has three speeds and I have used the middle belt position for the two items I have done. The fast setting is pretty fast.

It works for me and its free, that being the key for the time being.
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