Christmas Turnings

Yes folks Dave bought a lathe.
Mini lathe
My ole pole lathe was getting a bit slow. It was not easy turning seasoned wood and getting a good result. So I am now killing a few electrons.
I have been having a great time learning. I have been practicing on toys and tool handles and Captive Rings. ( I had to make a tool for that one)
axe handle
Shaving brush handles
shave brush
Tea candle holders
tea candle base
Red oak bowl from firewood. (hard as hell)
And I have only had it a week.

Now I got a fair set of turning tools and a Nova chuck.
With the tools I needed a way to sharpen them. Captain Eddie Castelin has a wonderful jig he sells that is as good as the Wolverine rig. I built me on and man did that make the difference. You will see that in the next video.
Now every year the wife gets me to make Christmas ornaments for her 12 bus drivers. She is a school transportation director. So……
I want to thank Carl Jacobson and Captain Eddie Castelin for there instruction.
Now for the main event…

I think I am hooked 😉

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

15 Responses to Christmas Turnings

  1. ph0t0bug says:

    Loved the video and the trees are neat! I too have purchased from Capt’ Eddie and he makes a GREAT set of tools! (jig and scrapers)

    I did have a quesiton for you though… Why the saws? I use a hack saw with the lathe turned on low speed. Holding both ends of the saw and lightly and slowly going back and fourth I get great seperation with little sanding.

    Another question.. MY GOD MAN!!!!! WHY NO FACE SHIELD!!! (lol!)

    • David Bardin says:

      First thank you for the post, wonderful comment and the subscription.
      I guess the I used the saws because of my heavy joinery background. I do own hack saws but reserved those for metal work. My hacksaws are covered in metal shavings.
      I have been considering Capt. Eddies scrapers and you have pushed me a little more towards buying them.
      I do use a face shield when a I am roughing in. I have bad eyes and find it very hard to see my work with even a new clear shield on. It also hinders you hearing me on video.
      Again thanks for the response and please come again.

  2. JL7 says:

    Dave – what Randy said… really dig into whatever you pursue…..I can appreciate that…..if you are going to do it, then do it well. Those are some cool little trees and you explained it well……the sharpening jig is cool too…..that is on my list…(it’s a long list!)….

    Thanks for the cool vids SD…..

    Red Oak!


    • David Bardin says:

      Randy was here? Where?
      Jeff I am guilty. I have a few forged parts on the bench for Stumpy that need finishing. I have a small project I am doing for a fellow LJ that I haven’t even started yet. I had the entire week off. The wife got out of the hospital Sunday before last and I bought the lathe Monday. I went in the shop 8 to 10 hours every day all the way up till this last Sunday. All I did was turn. It was great. I did have some moments. I launched a few parts, cracked one or two but it was a blast. There is so much to learn. The wife let me get away with it. I am a lucky feller.
      She is doing so much better. We drove up today for a check up and she passed with flying colors.
      Red oak HARD!!!!!!

      Thanks for taking time to post Jeff.

  3. DIYaholic says:

    Got to give you credit….
    When you jump into something….
    You dive right in, head first, from the top platform!!!

    Man I got to get my turning $#!T together!!!

    Keep on keeping on….

    • David Bardin says:

      I agree. But next time put some water in the pool. That dive left a mark.
      Come Randy lets do a project together. We will show Stumpy up with some new invention.
      We will name it the Nubin-nater.
      And then mail them to Mustache Mike for the next show.
      Thanks for all you do Randy.

  4. Joe Lyddon says:


    BUT… but… b u t…
    … where is the Treadle??!!

    Merry Christmas &
    Happy New Year!

    • David Bardin says:

      I k kn kno know Joe. I almost feel ashamed. Almost.
      I had about 3 other projects for other people that needed doing but the wifes stuff comes first.
      Merry Christmas to you and your Joe.

  5. Rusty says:

    Dave- nicely done….what kind of lathe is it? thanks for all you do….Rusty

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you for commenting Rusty. Glad to have ya along. It is a Harbor Freight special. It was not expensive and dead centered out of the box. It will do till I find that old one that needs rescuing and refurbishing.
      Please come again, anytime.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’ve only used a treadle lathe at Charlton Park for a short demo, but I found that trying to do fine work while running the treadle was similar to patting my head and rubbing my stomach. I’ve had my Delta lathe for 17 years or so and it has made turning much more enjoyable. I enjoy the use of hand/nonpowered tools but I try to use the best tool for the job at hand.

    • David Bardin says:

      I have wanted to build a treadle but I don’t have the room for it. I didn’t know how fun it was till I was able to not sweat and concentrate on the turning. Now If I can master the bowl gouge. I agree, I do own small table saw, band saw and chop saw. When I have a lot of material to run I do use power. But nothing will replace the warmth of hand tools.

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