Wood turning 101

My friend Jim has been busy with his new mini lathe making pens and other turnings. His enthusiasm became infectious. It did remind me that I had a new shop without a lathe! I asked Jim to show me his lathe and help me to turn a pen. I promised I wouldn’t buy a lathe until we got together. Saturday morning we spent some time together, and this was the result.

First Pen

The metal parts are from a kit. The walnut turning is my work. With the cool system tools Jim had, it is pretty straight forward to produce an awesome product.

True to my word I did not buy a lathe until I played with Jim’s Rikon mini-lathe. The Rikon is really nice for small work. It is super accurate and exellently machined. But I had in mind something more “industrial” for the shop, particularly something that would fit in with my old Delta/Rockwell collection of tools. By my good fortune, an excellent old Rockwell 46-450 lathe was available on KSL.com classifieds. The lathe was made in 1974, and has seen very little use. Paid about a dollar a pound!

Rockwell 46-450 Lathe

Rockwell 46-450 Lathe

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Goyuix
Goyuix
11 years ago

Very nice work! I was excited to see the flickr stream show up for these two fine items.

Becky Guinn
Becky Guinn
11 years ago

When I was little, there was a man near where I lived who had converted the steam engine from a train locomotive into a lathe–don’t ask me how he did it, I just know he did. He turned out cane back and cane bottom chairs, rockers, bar-stools, foot stools, porch swings and the like. Mama bought a rocking chair for $25 and foot stools for $5 each. It was incredible what his prices were and what those items are worth now. She paid three times the original cost of the chair to have it recained a few years ago. The… Read more »