Wood Turning Members?

DoughBoy68

New Member
Any members here that are wood turners?

Been at it just over a year now and until a couple months ago was only spindle turning. So, I finally thought I would give bowl turning a try. First bowl I tried was a lathering bowl which I sold to a fellow SRP member. The next one I tried I made a big mistake and got smacked upside the face at the temple with a roughing tool, good thing I had a face shield on or you probably wouldn't be reading this. Learned from my screw up and have turned out several regular bowls, turned myself a lathering bowl and sold a second one on SRP. You know what? Turning bowls is fun if you don't screw up. I did have one explode on me the other day, a quarter of it went flying across the shop......Dam!!
 

geezer

Member
I've not turned anything of wood for a few years. I do some metal turning, or did, till I downsized

~Richard
 

paul76

Member
I haven’t done any turning since I was in school woodshop. I made a few candlesticks and a few bowls. Never had one blow up, but it can happen easily. I have been keeping an eye out for a good price on a used lathe.
 

DoughBoy68

New Member
I have two lathes both Central machinery (Harbor Freight) one was a Father's Day present from my son last year, a 10 x 18 and just bought a 14 x 40 from brother-in-law that I just turned a full sized ball bat on. Still need to build a stand for the 14 x 40, has to be better than setting it up on picnic table...............

Here are pics of some of what I've turned recently. The Walnut is 6 pieces of Walnut glued together. The last two pics are a Hickory lathering bowl and the piece of limb I turn it from.
 

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DoughBoy68

New Member
Learning how to not get hurt, its a very dangerous hobby. Had a couple close calls but so far no injuries.

Am currently turning another lathering bowl out of Cherry then I need to turn two more salad bowls like those two in above pic for my sister-in-law, not sure what is next. Have a friend who is going to let me display my work at a couple of craft shows and hope to pick up a few extra bucks.
 

verndahl

AKA tintin
I have the 10 x 18 lathe and have made some brush handles but never tried a bowl.(getting a face sheild would probably be good idea) What kind of finish do you use?
 

DoughBoy68

New Member
I was using a solution of 1 part boiled linseed oil, 1 part denatured Alcohol and 1 part Shellac, some folks call it shine juice, others call it French polish. I have not been totally happy with the results so I've switched to Polyurethane and am very happy with the results.

Get a face shield!! Wood turning is very dangerous and it only takes a split second for an accident to happen! Here are a pics of the tool that hit me in the temple area and the mark it left on the face shield...........thank God I was wearing the face shield!
 

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Gasman

Show me that again!
I keep kicking around the idea of getting a small lathe and trying my luck at a few pens. But the starting cost for lathe, arbors, cutting tools, etc is just a bit much for me at this time just to make a couple pen kits.

It looks like great fun. Maybe someday i will invest, but for now i will enjoy other peoples turnings. Nice work on the bowls. I seen a few vids of guys turning wood and they make it look so easy. But when the tool digs in at the wrong angle, all hell breaks loose.
 

geezer

Member
Thank you!
I have never used lathe tools honed in that manner. Ours are gouges, beveled end, and parting knives.
 

DoughBoy68

New Member
The only tools I sharpen are the parting tool and negative rake scrapers as I use carbide cutters to do the rest of the turning. The jig alone to properly sharpen the chisels is around $100 not including the grinder. Normally carbide cutters are pretty expensive starting at around $125 each. I make my own for around $20 - $25 each so I have 5 tools at a cost of about $100 (give or take) total that don't need to be sharpened.
 
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