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Adicted to woodturning
« on: September 04, 2013, 08:04:24 PM »
Hey Everyone,

I'm still alive and all is good. I ended up getting a new to me lathe. It's an old Delta Rockwell variable speed wood lathe. I can't stay off it:o) I started gathering green wood and scraps to make stuff out of. Bowls have been my interest here lately. These were made out of a piece of dry Juniper that my wife wanted me to toss in the trash.



One of the members in my wood turning club gave me a piece of Box Elder burl. I made 2 bowls out of it. This lidded box.



And this bowl. Notice the red stripes. Box elder is about the only tree that does that.



Here it is all finished up next to an apricot goblet that I turned.



I was given a piece of box Elder that one of the guys had turned a green rough bowl out of. I turned it round and sanded it a little and came up with this. It's pretty big at 10" in diameter.





I'll post more later:o)

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2013, 08:20:21 PM »
Wes

Real nice work there. Wood turning can be very addictive, you can't stop with just one. Thanks for sharing them with us.  :D :D

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2013, 09:32:06 PM »
I was given a few pieces of green cedar that was cut down by the local power company.



Some pretty wood inside those logs for sure!







There was a giant piece of that cedar in the little pile that I gathered.



I layed it out a little and trimmed it up a little.



A friend in the wood turning club has a big home made wood lathe. I went over to his place and set everything up.



There was a bunch of wood turned into chips on this one! It cleaned up at 14" in diameter. After I had the outside cleaned up I started in on the insides.





Over all I am pretty happy with this one. There are a couple bark inclusions that will need to be fixed. The smaller green bowls I boil in water for an hour or so and dry inside paper sacks to help reduce the cracking of the green wood as it dries. This one was way too big for me to do that. I packed it in cedar chips and double bagged it so it would dry really slow. So far it is drying good. I peeked last weekend:o)

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A Gismo ??? If it has a flywheel or spins and is made with small parts. I'll take one! If it makes noise, moves, or requires frequent oiling and dusting it's a better deal yet. It's especially right if its shiny and bright; but if it's dirty and dull it wont mater at all...

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2013, 09:50:07 PM »
Great looking bowls Powder Keg. I never thought of box elder as anything but a weed tree before, it grows like crazy here. Now I know different!

That cedar must have smelled nice.

Great stuff!  :thumbup:
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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2013, 11:20:45 PM »
Three weeks ago or so I made a set of Walnut Ice cream bowls. They are 3" in diameter.





I also made this one out of Walnut.



All this wood work has been kind of fun and relaxing for me. I don't have to worry about tolerances or nothing. A lot of the time when I start a piece I really don't know what it will look like when I get done. But sometimes I do. I made a set of bowls for my wife for our 18th wedding anniversary. They are maple and pretty close to the same:o)





Thanks for watching,

~Wes~

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A Gismo ??? If it has a flywheel or spins and is made with small parts. I'll take one! If it makes noise, moves, or requires frequent oiling and dusting it's a better deal yet. It's especially right if its shiny and bright; but if it's dirty and dull it wont mater at all...

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2013, 02:09:19 AM »
No Wes,
     Thank you for posting :clap:. It is always great to see good workmanship in whatever medium and as is often said here Pictures are almost mandatory :D :). I particularly liked the turned Cedar WOW what colours.
     Although I may never use it, your writing about boiling the turned green timber article and packing it to minimise cracking etc, is something new to me. I Learn stuff every time I visit here and that is why MadModder is my favourite hobby site.

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2013, 04:12:02 AM »
Hi Wes some fantastic work there  :drool:  I love the green cedar really nice colours and grain. That large home made lathe looks very interesting too, a good bit of kit built for thr job  :thumbup:
  I hope this woodturning fad will pass mind as I still hope to see your Penny Farthing getting finished  :D

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2013, 04:28:56 AM »
Wes there's some outstanding stuff in those pictures - fantastic. I saved some of the bigger Yew logs when I had to take one down last year to make room for the kitchen extension - I must get round to having a go at them on my Union Graduate wood lathe.

It's the round tuits you know - not enough of them  :clap:
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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2013, 02:37:25 AM »
Absolutely beautiful, I love the one with the top/lid. :headbang:


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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2013, 10:45:06 PM »
Thanks for the compliments!

I was given a large piece of Ash a couple weeks ago. It had the promise of a large wooden bowl hid inside. It measured 24" long and 20" wide.



There were a couple smallish cracks on the ends but I thought they would disappear.



I cleaned up the log and trimmed off the end of the log. This is 4" in:o( Nearly the whole thing is ruined:o(



I did manage a couple Ice Cream Goblets:o) and a couple little bowls between 4-5" in diameter.




Here is a group shot.



I got a new wood burner so I can start signing my work:o)

Stay tuned.

~Wes~
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A Gismo ??? If it has a flywheel or spins and is made with small parts. I'll take one! If it makes noise, moves, or requires frequent oiling and dusting it's a better deal yet. It's especially right if its shiny and bright; but if it's dirty and dull it wont mater at all...

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2013, 08:24:24 PM »
Here is one of those Ash Bowls all finished up.



I turned and burned this one out of Cedar from Texas today.



Hope all are well,

~Wes~
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A Gismo ??? If it has a flywheel or spins and is made with small parts. I'll take one! If it makes noise, moves, or requires frequent oiling and dusting it's a better deal yet. It's especially right if its shiny and bright; but if it's dirty and dull it wont mater at all...

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2013, 12:23:32 AM »
wow nice work. there seems to be no end to your talent  :clap:
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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2013, 08:43:50 AM »
Those bowls turned out great! Ash has such heavy grain, I would think the would be hard to do as cleanly as you do with those. Really nice work, and nice shapes. Too bad you don't live nearby. I'd give you all of the wood you'd ever need in any size useful. Thanks for showing your work.  :thumbup:  :clap: :clap:
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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2013, 05:48:23 PM »
Lovely work Wes, the bowls look great. Well posed pictures as well rustic you might say. Still waiting for the next issue of the penny farthing story.

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2013, 09:34:09 AM »
The wood turning club I'm in has people do demonstrations once a month. Somehow I was tricked into doing it this month? Doing some research on the internet I ram across shrink pots. They are made by hollowing out the center of a green log and fitting a dry bottom into it. As the green part drys it shrinks around the already dried base. Here are a couple I did to try it out.





I'm sure they would be water tight. I'm going to monkey around with this process a little more. After they are dried lids are fitted.

Here is a load of Poplar that was given to me. It should keep me out of trouble:o)



Hope all are well!!! Thanks for the compliments!
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A Gismo ??? If it has a flywheel or spins and is made with small parts. I'll take one! If it makes noise, moves, or requires frequent oiling and dusting it's a better deal yet. It's especially right if its shiny and bright; but if it's dirty and dull it wont mater at all...

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2013, 12:08:45 PM »
Hi Wes , quality stuff as usual  :thumbup: :clap: :bow: , the shrink pots are a good idea too. Thats not a bad collection of poplar you have been given there , as you say , that should keep you out of trouble for a while  :D.
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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2013, 12:14:45 PM »
Wes

It sure looks like you are having fun. Those shrink pots are new to me but I can see lots of possibilities. It is amazing what you can find inside a twisted up knotty chunk of wood. Keep having fun.  :D :D

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2013, 12:46:45 PM »
Wes, great work as usual, and I'd also never heard of shrink pots before. Cool idea!

I once sawed up what they call "popple" (poplar) around here -- looks very much like what you have there. But it was really eastern cottonwood. It really went nuts after sawing though, warped and twisted up into bananas instead of boards, also split and checked like crazy, so I've stayed away from it since then. Too bad because I have a lot of it growing here. I was wondering if it could be turned on a lathe, though and whether the small size,  thin walls and round shape of a bowl would help in drying it and keeping it stable. It would be great to use it for something. It's not good firewood. I have two trees I'd love to cut, right in front of my house that are 2 feet across and probably 90 feet tall. But the mess that would result with no purpose for the wood has stopped me.

Anyway, very much looking forward to what you do with it and how it works out for turning. Keep up the good work!
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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2013, 02:14:37 PM »
Lovely work, really like those "shrink pots" and the light coloured goblets.

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2013, 12:41:25 PM »
I got a hold of a couple pieces of Russian Olive.





And a piece of Sycamore.



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I have been working on my cutting techniques. The first bowl was sanded a little. The other two, no sanding:o)

later,

~Wes~
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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2013, 08:35:19 PM »
Nice!  :thumbup: :clap:
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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2013, 09:37:27 AM »
I tried a couple more things yesterday. I am starting to get the hang of shear cutting.





I also turned a couple goblets. These were fun! I'll be making a few more. 3" in diameter and 4" tall.



~Wes~
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A Gismo ??? If it has a flywheel or spins and is made with small parts. I'll take one! If it makes noise, moves, or requires frequent oiling and dusting it's a better deal yet. It's especially right if its shiny and bright; but if it's dirty and dull it wont mater at all...

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2013, 10:08:02 PM »
Last weekend I was given a couple large pieces of Honey Locust. I was finally able to spin it and find out what was hid inside this big piece of wood. The tree was half dead.



I cut the log in half and marked how I was going to cut it up.



I then trimmed up the corners a little with my chainsaw.





A friend of mine has a big homemade lathe. I took the chunk over to his place to turn it. Here it is set up between centers.



There was kind of a flat spot on one side. That made the bowl a little shallower than I had planned.



A lot of the time the shape of the log will determine the shape of the bowl. I was careful to leave the piece as big as I could. Once I got to this size I started refining the shape a little.



Once I got it looking good I added a couple beads. They make it look pretty nice.



I then turned it around and scooped out the inside. I'll post pictures of the finished bowl tomorrow. I ran out of light today. It ended up being 14 1/2" in diameter.

Thanks for watching:o)

~Wes~
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A Gismo ??? If it has a flywheel or spins and is made with small parts. I'll take one! If it makes noise, moves, or requires frequent oiling and dusting it's a better deal yet. It's especially right if its shiny and bright; but if it's dirty and dull it wont mater at all...

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2013, 11:08:08 PM »
Wow Wes...

I haven't looked in a long time. Very nice work... I am super impressed.  :bow:

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Re: Adicted to woodturning
« Reply #24 on: November 09, 2013, 11:40:55 AM »
Hi Wes

Looking very nice indeed. I can just imagine the fun that you are having watching those bowls and goblets pop out of the wood pile.

That looks like a very sturdy lathe that your friend has built for the big stuff. Thanks for sharing this with us.  :D :D

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