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Everything posted by Askland09

  1. Agreed. Now with that said, I'm not sure it was 100% the best wood to learn how to turn with but it was what I had and I had plenty of it. If anything it taught me that sharpening often is probably the largest key to keeping things safe and efficiency.
  2. Twice turning is the process used for turning green bowls/forms/etc. The first turning was done in December and I got them to a rough shape/form. Then covered them in some Tree Saver and let them sit for about 6 months in a "kiln" which is pink foam with an incandescent bulb that keeps the temperature around 100 degrees in the box. After about six months they'll shed a bunch of excess moisture and become out of round so the second turning is done to true everything up and turn them to final thickness and form.
  3. Little project I made for my mother and aunt. Both are made from twice turned oak.
  4. Reference prices where I get my stock for walnut: s4s at supplier: $16-22/bf rough from mill I buy from: $6-10/bf I personally enjoy the milling process as well but the cost savings with just a few projects allowed me to upgrade a planer and bandsaw alone.
  5. Decided to make a little twig pot for my wife from a chunk of off cut walnut from a recent table built in the shop. Turned out pretty nice. Need quite a bit more practice when it come to design but for it being the first one I'll chalk it up as a win. Cheers!
  6. It’s not that I don’t want to bag it or keep it from cracking. I’ve recently bought some wax sealant and a plethora of brown paper sacks. This piece was more of just getting to know how every thing reacts and testing out my tools on green lumber vs dried pieces. All in all an experiment piece.
  7. It’s white oak. And no I didn’t bag it because it was a legit practice piece and I wanted to see how bad it would crack and all that stuff for my knowledge going forward. It came from a fallen branch in my back yard after a small ice storm so I wasn’t too disappointed or anything with it cracking. It also helps it was the first piece I turned and was completely expecting it go haywire. All in all a win for me.
  8. Just pictures of my trial bowls after doing some green turning. And my goodness did they not have a great time lol. I knew very well that they would crack without any sort of treatment or being dried but I wanted to see how much, for….science? Maybe? This after about a month and a half to two months of setting inside without any treatments or finish. All in all, a great success in achieving some working knowledge. Cheers! Luke
  9. Some kind of oak tree. Think it’s white oak. We had some large over hanging limbs taken down off of it a few months ago.
  10. It was also a great opportunity to sharpen my gouges to what I think I’d like. Lots of trial and error but I think I got them where I want them.
  11. I hope so! Needs to dry and be turned again. The tree I made it from had branches taken down about 2 months ago. So we’ll find out here about two or three months how it holds up
  12. But it’s my first bowl Busch for size comparison
  13. 2 cents?!? More like 50 cents! And all of it is much much appreciated. This was absolutely the goal I was shooting for. I know that starting with a large hollow vessel is definitely not advised. I have recently come into about 40 or 50 various blanks that I plan on making into various different bowls before I start getting into medium/small hollow vessels. As for grinds on the tools I was planning on getting 3 different gouges/grinds. The main work horse was going to be a 1/2", 55* swept back Irish grind with the heel being ground down slightly as well. Then my roughing grind was going to be a 5/8", 40/40 grind. Lastly having a micro bevel 60-65* bottoming tool but I'm unsure on what the flute size should be (1/2"? 5/8"?). And finally I would have a standard 45* fingernail grind that was 3/8" for detail work. I'm kind of wanting to get all of these so I can figure out "what fits best". I planned on getting the Varigrind 2 to start out with since I'm new to sharpening turning tools. They just didn't have one there when I was at the store grabbing the Wolverine guide but a truck was coming in with a few this week. In regards to education and videos I've had a ton of luck watching the Craft Supplies videos/tutorials online and also Kent from's videos have been exceptionally helpful. I would love to take a class but my day job in healthcare limits the amount of time I can get off (staff shortages, Covid, etc, etc). Again, thank you all for the advise and posts. Its a great community we have here on the forums. Cheers! Luke
  14. +1 to this for sure. The only thing I've seen any turners use a spindle gouge for is to put a slight dovetail on the tenons they're going to throw in the chuck. Also going through the videos I'm seeing people draw red or black lines down the center of the flutes just for the fact that if they can see any portion of the line while cutting they're in danger.
  15. Hello! I've officially been bit by the turning bug....pretty hard. My YouTube recommendations is nothing but turning videos at this point. However I'm kind of stuck on a couple things. 1. I have a pretty basic tools set at this time. I bought the Steelex 6 piece set that comes with the case because the gentleman at the Woodsmith Store told me it would get me off in the right direction, and it definitely has. I've turned some random....things? what I would call them. Basically just practice pieces, but with reading and watching videos I do not think I have the correct tooling for what I actually want to do, which is bowls and vases. I do have a chuck with 50mm jaws and a screw chuck. Now comes the question. What grinds/sizes of gouges do the turner's here like/recommend? I know there isn't a solid "its the only way" answer to this question, but I'm looking for general consensus. 2. I have the capability of sharpening however...are the Raptor guides really worth it? I know they produce the same angle and what not but if the grinder is going to be very specific just for turning tools and if I mark on the Wolverine guide itself, are the raptor set-ups necessary? 3. I'm left handed, meaning I hold the handle of all my tools with my left hand and every person I'm seeing/reading about does it almost exclusively right handed. And a limitation to our lathe is that it does not have a reverse. So basically my stance for some things is extremely awkward/limiting. Should I just learn to use the tools with my right hand? Apologies for the long post but I'm trying to really dive into this rabbit hole because I know potential of this type of work and really, really, enjoy turning so far. Also, if it matters for any of the above the lathe has a 17" swing and a 46" bed length with a 2hp motor. Cheers! Luke
  16. +1 to this. Its been an absolute delight to use the Laguna in the shop. I ended up getting a mobile base for it as well. Mainly because it sits in the area that can be cleared out to glue up large tables/panels/etc. Been worth every penny so far.
  17. The 14/12 has been an awesome addition to our shop. I haven’t had any issues with changing the blade from the RK to a more delicate blade so I’m not 100% sure what they’re talking about with all the cranking. Basically set up the machine in a few hours, tuned for about another 2 hours and haven’t had to touch anything since.
  18. I like to think my execution of proportions has gotten a little better. As well as thickness of materials. The end table has a C-H-U-N-K-Y top and it doesn’t look…..right (in retrospect). But I honestly feel like this new sofa table is significantly better. I’m quite proud of it
  19. The next piece will be a coffee table. A lot less of the spalted stuff for that but also still hammering out a design that I would like for it as well
  20. Another piece completed. Took what felt like an eternity to complete with all the travel, holidays, overtime at work, etc etc but it’s finally done. Same materials used as the end table walnut legs with spalted maple shelves. From the beginning! The strenuous process of digging into the acclimated lumber stack (we really need a better solution….) breaking it down and cutting some joinery… Glue ups and dry fits…. Final piece Hope y’all enjoy! Luke
  21. Going fairly well so far! Turned my first....thing? More of a practice piece to get the hang of all the different tools. Its not much but its a start!
  22. The new addition to the shop came in today! Super excited to jump down this little rabbit hole!! Seeing that giddy smile on the old man’s face makes me think he’s in for a ton of fun on the new machine as well