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COMPLETED LATHE WOODWORKING PROJECTS

LATHE

The lathe is an enjoyable and relaxing piece of equipment to work with.  It allows for the imagination to form and manipulate the piece of wood into a unique work.  We both enjoy working with all the different exotic woods because each type turns differently and makes it a unique experience.

PENS

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Upon adding the lathe to the shop we started experimenting.  The first item I made in numbers were pens.  At the beginning I made numerous slim line pens and then branched into the more robust and fancier pens. I branched into fountain pens, pen and pencil sets and addionally made some cases.  The woods that have strong grains make really exquisite pens.

BOWLS AND SEGMENTED BOWLS

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Bowl turning and segmented bowl turning is more difficult to accomplish then spindle turning.  We have not turned many bowls but recently we purchased a descent bowl gouge and hollowing tool which should make it easier to turn a better quality bowl.  When turning the harder woods, such as padouk, tare out and splintering is more prevalent which means the wood needs to be turned with a lighter touch.

SEGMENTED CUPS

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Segmented cups are a challenge and take patience and time to end up with a well done product.  To make the square pattern took 105 separate pieces and this travel cup was the first real sucessful segmented cup I completed. To make the zig zag pattern was more difficult because of the angles on the pattern.  I experiemented with different thickness of wood for the rings which gave the cups a different look.

MISCELLANEOUS TURNING PROJECTS

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It is relaxing and fun to make small pieces from scapes of wood.  My wife always has trouble pulling the right cord for the light or fan.  I made chain pulls so she would not have this problem.  I have tried making many different products.  From the picture it is seen I have made purse holders, ice cream scoops, chain pulls, wine stoppers, razor handles along with pens.
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