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First attempt with lathe went well in my opinion

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by tomsteebs, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. tomsteebs

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    hi,

    well today i decided to have a go at this lathe business. i ordered a axminster hobby lathe earlier this week and read through the booklet and watched a youtube video and away i went. firstly i set it up from the youtube video and then tried to round off a piece of pine. this was pretty easy to be honest so tried rounding off a small bit of beech and that was probably easier as it was denser to less inclined chip.

    anyway i was ready to stop there for today and carry on another day, but i thought what the hell and just put a piece of walnut in and went about doing a simple bolt handle for my fx2000. i choose walnut as it was easily available and relatively cheap.

    so here's a few pictures, i dont like the style of it, but im fairly happy with it's finish, but not 100%.

    next time i will try one of my other idea's on another exotic blank, some very nice woods there to
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  2. OzzyJ

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    Nice bit of turning there mate. Do you have a multipoint turning tool. If not they are worth their weight in gold for turning small items as they are more forgiving than a skew chisel but allow you to do some amazing detailing very easily.
    keep up the good work:up:
     
  3. stevemandm

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    looks good mate - my advice would be to practice on the cheaper woods before movin onto the more exotic pieces. and remember, take it slow and steady, you can remove material, but cant put it on - tool the piece to near size, then sand it. pm matty for tooling advice, he has made some good contacts, and ask him to recommend the turning forum that he is a member of
     
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    Like above that does look good IMHO
     
  5. tomsteebs

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    my tools currently are 3 chisels,

    record/marple of sheffield

    gouge 13mm
    screw 13mm probs
    that arrow shaped one (i think it cuts a fine line or completely parts?) 13mm probs
    live centre
    faceplate
    the other centre piece whatever it is...

    my live centre seems okay its the other end head stock centre? that is too wide really as you can see i had to leave about 5mm un-turned so i didn't turn the centre thing (lol, this is how much i know about this ;))

    made one thing and already need to buy more tools, is this how it will be forever :help:
     
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  6. Elk hunter

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    Nicely turned and although using cheap wood is good for practice, you need to keep the tools sharp. My avice is buy a good quality revolving sharpening stone. I use a Dekota Wetstone not cheap But worth its weight in gold http://www.rutlands.co.uk/sp+woodwo...fers-wetstone-sharpening-system-dakota+dk1250
    I've have two lates from Axminster one for metal and a jet for wood, there costumer service is excellent. Get your self down to the Axminster showroom in Nuneaton, got some cracking stuff, including wood and acrilic for turning.

    Andrew
     
  7. tomsteebs

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    thanks andrew,

    lol, did you have to remind me that the tools will at some stage become blunt and i will need to sharpen them by means of buying new kit ;) the gouge and screw weren't too sharp along the hole edge tbh...
     
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    Also if you want tools that are easy to sharpen, get a skew and a scraper,you can sharpen them by hand with a very small stone (I use a medium/fine oil stone)

    Next thing to move onto is acrylics,turn it like wood and finish it like metal (autosol etc)


    My advice for you regarding the drive center being too big is to turn your piece (lets call it 20mm) out of a 40mm bit of wood,leaving 10mm at either end which can be parted off (using your 'arrow' tool which is a parting tool used for seperating wood) once your happy with the finish.
     
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    i never used a live centre for turning small stuff, found a dead centre better for me.
    i think the arrow shaped one you refer to is a parting tool, for cutting of and can scrape/cut flat bottomed grooves
    get plenty of practise and watch some online videos. The most important thing i was ever taught was to allow the trailing edge of the tool support the cutting edge, this saves no end of dig ins and gives a really fine finish. Sanding is important but but a really experienced turner once said to me "if you cant cut it you cant sand it". I think he was trying to tell me that no amount of heavy sanding can substitute for good chisel skills.
    if you get short of small bit of hardwood to practise on drop me a line and i will go and raid the carpentry workshop (part of the business I run) plenty of beech and sapele to practise with:D
     
  10. mattyts

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    This is how I sharpen my tools (pic from another forum)

    just a wooden plate with 320 grit paper on,at 300 RPM and use the tool rest to support your tools while sharpening them
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    cheers matt, as ever, more knowledge then a veteran physician :rolleyes:

    i did the process you mentions with regards to leaving some wood and parting off....
     
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    nice idea, quick too and most importantly, cheap :D
     
  13. mattyts

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    I now use just 2 tools for my turning, a square and round tipped custom tools I had made for me at different lengths, with the square tips you have 4 sides to cut on then replace the tip,the round ones last for ages as essentially you have a 360 degree cutting edge to use,just keep rotating it

    DSCF2105.JPG DSCF2106.JPG (borrowed pics again :rolleyes:)
     
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    This is a great idea of Matts just make sure you invest in really good quality bonded paper as it makes all the difference. Otherwise if you already have a bench grinder the have a look on Peter Childs turning website and they have loads of info on different wheel types. Its also a great site for all things 'turning' and he's a nice bloke to boot.
     
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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290853703834?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
     
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    Behind you! Mwhahahahah Just kidding. Christchurch
    Opinions are subjective... :D

    Joking aside looks great for a first go......never really got on with wood turning myself....not bad with metal though.....

    Well done. I'm looking forward to seeing how you progress as this is looking good.:up:
     
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    nifty idea that
     
  18. tomsteebs

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    I hate the style i just did it randomly :p

    i just think the piece turned out well in terms out fit and finish (it can be improved definitely.)
     
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    I haven't seen those,I've just kept the tool cool by dipping it in water,also not too keen on 3,000 RPM bench grinders since they remove too much material,tools will just be little stumps in a few weeks ;) the slow water trench ones are nice though :)
     

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