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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Latest From the Shop: Small Stuff

 

Basic rule of turning: if you only have a small amount of time to turn, turn something small.

I turned a couple of small Osage Orange bowls today:

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Really small:

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If these look like dollhouse pieces, it’s because, well, they are.  They’re for a friend who collects and decorates dollhouses. Really, really cool ones. She just scored a new dollhouse, these are a house warming gift.

7 comments:

  1. Whoa. Which manly piece of deadly rotating ShopKatEating tool did you use? A Dremel Motortool lathe? How do you chuck something that small so that the waste wood isn't more than the piece?

    Very impressive wood working fu, good sir.

    Dr. Phil

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  2. These were turned on my Delta 46-460 MIDI lathe, the same mid-range lathe I turn pens and bird houses on. I use a collet chuck, which is made for small items like this. The only waste is a very small tenon on the bottom of the bowl, about the size of a stick match head.

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  3. Ah. Thanks. It actually was a serious question, as my woodworking skills are mostly relegated to really crappy junior high school shop class work.

    Dr. Phil

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  4. I smell Photoshop. I can't see any other way you got that Quarter to be so damn BIG!

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  5. May I just say "Squee"? OK, I've calmed down, but those are all kinds of tiny awesome!

    I would have suspected the Mattel Barbie Lathe (in pink of course).

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  6. I turned a bunch of tops out of black walnut. My brother has several black walnut trees in his yard and they are forever dropping limbs; nothing large enough to do any major work, like I'd know what to do with it if it hit me on the head. I gave the tops away to some foreign exchange students at a local school, well I gave them all away except one and it’s sitting here on my desk at work. The only finish I gave them was a light a coat of linseed oil. They were a pretty big hit. Sure wish I still had some of that black walnut though. I love your work Jim, keep the pictures coming!

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