Do you turn wood?

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  1. VI™ macrumors 6502a

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    Any wood turners on here? I've had an interest in it for a while and haven't gotten in to it because I haven't had the money to justify purchasing the equipment. I just learned that my future father in law has a free lathe in his basement I can use. I think I'm going to try my hand at making some shaving brushes as well as some other things.

    So if you turn wood, what kind of projects do you like to work on?
     
  2. D.T. macrumors 604

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    I heard if you turn too much wood ... you’ll go blind.
     
  3. VI™ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This is why you wear proper eye protection.
     
  4. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    I used to do it, but I got to a point where I was struggling to find a reason to turn anything.

    With ebay these days I guess you can always sell stuff you make to recap the cost the of the wood.
     
  5. VI™ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I figure I could end up selling stuff, but it would probably only net a little bit of cash.
     
  6. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    Yes, you wont make a profit but Its a good outlet for stuff. I was starting to drown to drown in bowls!

    Its a fun hobby with a pretty easy learning curve, the only expensive part is the lathe so if you have access to one for free you might as well give it a go!
     
  7. palmerc2 macrumors 65816

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    How much wood would VI™ turn if VI™ could turn wood?
     
  8. MacNut macrumors Core

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    When I turn over on my wood it hurts like hell.
     
  9. Jimbo47 macrumors 6502a

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    Poor choice of words..
     
  10. localoid macrumors 68020

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    If you also have access to a router table, you could turn a 2"x2"x24" block of wood into a native American flute blank...

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    Drill, route, and file out a sound holes, fipple and flue...

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    And then use the lathe to turn out something like this...

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    A good deal of precise work is required, but if your finished product looks good, plays well, and sounds good, you could probably get around $100 and up for each one...
     
  11. ejb190 macrumors 65816

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    I do turning, but haven't gotten into the shop for a couple months. Mostly pens (fountain pens and desk pens, not those cheep slimlines) and razors right now. There are a couple of strong forums and groups dedicated to turning on the web in various places.
     

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