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    Default Any woodturners on the forum?

    Hi there

    Any wood turners on here. Maybe you can share some ideas and tips. I only started recently with the help of some good people that got me started with a lathe and some chisels. So I am still learning from the school of YouTube and trying to figure out what I really want to do with the lathe (i.e. making pens, bowls or whatever).

    I will try and post some pictures later of stuff that I made up to now.

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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    It is a great and rewarding hobby ................ and you can spend a lot of money on chisels and accessories!!

    Start by getting to know how to use the various chisels; practice, practice and practice

    Suggest you make contact with a local club as well as with Carel vd Merwe ( https://creativeturning.co.za/index.html )

    Good luck and enjoy every minute making shavings.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    A few years back I bought a lathe similar in size to yours (Nova Comet II). My plan was to turn bowls.
    I had to then get a bowl chuck - Nova 4 jaw - and a few chisels. I found a decent bowl gouge (Ellsworth) to be really worth the money. Must be one of the most versatile chisels I have.

    Recently I started making pens and am thoroughly enjoying this side of the hobby. They make great gifts and can also add to the lathe "piggy bank" for future purchases.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Very nice looking pens there, Sam.

    This might sound dumb, but I started with magic wands. Yes, as in Harry potter. Can make it from braai wood which is fairly hard and cheap enough to chuck in the fire if it doesn't work out. Can practice with my starter chisels. Especially the skew which I think has some value for spindle turning.

    I am still looking at options to determine if I should buy a chuck first or maybe look for some carbide tools. The bowl gouges I can see online are damn expensive!
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    There are few things in life I love more than a polished wooden bowl. We definitely need photos.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Wands.

    Made from firewood. I think it was called knoppiesdoring, but the names could just as well be random sometimes.

    These are just two if a few that I have. Really bugs the conservative types. I just need to make a stand or cup to display them in my dining room.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    This ring and pin was meant for hair, but it was too heavy or my wife's hair too silky for it to hang on. Ended up as a curtain binder thing in the bathroom. Again, made from braai wood. Cut a thick piece into thin planks on my tablesaw and then glued two pieces together to make a bigger plank.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Another ring. I think this is rubberwood. It was part of a broken table that sacrificed its legs for another project.

    This time it was made big on purpose (for a curtain) by joining three planks to make a board. The join lines are very visible. Not so sure what others will think about the joins, but when tried with random pieces of pine pallet that have differing grains, it makes for an interesting look.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    And then I made these candle holders. It is not visible in the photo, but they all have a hole to take a standard candle as well. I just want to get some fatter candles for the thicker stands.

    These are from pine pallet beams. Probably not a standard pallet.

    Oh, and because I still suck at this, they are mostly smooth because I sanded them a lot.

    They were supposed to have random shapes, and each one was made on a different day, but it looks like I have this shape in my mind and now they all look similar.
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    Also this set of handles. The smaller ones got aluminium crochet hooks epoxied into them for my mom to try out and give feedback, but most likely they will become "display models"

    The two thick handles ended up as fire poker handles. The one has a copper ferrule from a copper coupling and the other is stainless from a random offcut I had (and because I made it too small for the copper coupling).

    All made from firewood.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    By looking at Sam's post above and mine after his, you can tell who started recently
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    There are few things in life I love more than a polished wooden bowl. We definitely need photos.
    Here you go Emmie L
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by SamM View Post
    Here you go Emmie L
    Gorgeous.

    Wooden elements in a home just add such warmth and a bowl on a table is such an easy way to achieve that. For many years I used a wooden bowl for keys and phones next to the front door. But I have recently migrated to a wooden box with a lid. I like the visual calm of not seeing the tangle of keys. And the box is really pretty. But I miss my bowl. I think I need to fish it out and find another space for it.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Namakwalander View Post
    Wands.

    Made from firewood. I think it was called knoppiesdoring, but the names could just as well be random sometimes.

    These are just two if a few that I have. Really bugs the conservative types. I just need to make a stand or cup to display them in my dining room.
    How do you get the functionality into the wand?


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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

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    How do you get the functionality into the wand?
    Functionality?
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Namakwalander View Post
    Functionality?
    The magic.

    Erich clearly isn't a Terry Pratchett reader.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Namakwalander View Post
    Functionality?
    Yes the magic, you did say it is a wand and it offends the conservative types, so thought I would ask.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Connan View Post
    The magic.

    Erich clea4ly isn't a Terry Pratchett reader.
    I have read Terry Pratchett, and the books I have read have been very enjoyable, but I wouldn't call myself an aficionado, so I don't really get the specific reference. When I see/hear wand I think more along the lines of Harry Potter.

    Any way, just a bit of TIC 😄


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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    According to Terry, the magic is in the witch. The wand (if used) is just a sort of focussing device.
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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Connan View Post
    According to Terry, the magic is in the witch. The wand (if used) is just a sort of focussing device.
    Ah, right, that makes perfect sense! Thanks for explaining!


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    Default Re: Any woodturners on the forum?

    I have to disagree slightly. I believe there must be magic in the wood. It then gets shaped and used in a certain way to release the magic.

    For example, you burn some wood to make heat, then use that heat to turn raw meat into a delicious meal. See, magic.

    But I have seriously had people tell me it is "develish" to make wands and let my children play with ir
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