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Old 06-26-2016, 12:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Ok, these are the first 3 things I turned figuring out the lathe.

The 1st thing I turned was supposed to be a Pencil cup. I turned it from a chunk of an old pallet runner. When I finished it ended up too shallow to hold pens, but it is perfect for my 2yo daughter's crayons

The 2nd Pen cup also was turned from another piece of a pallet. It was rectangular so when I was turning it only the short sides rounded over. I remembered to drill this one deep enough to actually hold pens and pencils.

The 3rd this was one of those bit drivers that you see being made on YouTube. I think it turned out pretty good for the first one ever. I turned it from a piece of red oak that I bought at Lowes.

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Sorry about the sideways pics.
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Sorry about the sideways pics.
It does it to me too!

I like the second pencil holder...the flat sides add an interesting design to the piece.
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Today's attempts. The 6 in 1 I turned out of Polar. The xacto nknife I used a pen blank.

I hope to have the rest of the pen tools in by the end of the week to start trying them.

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This is the types of things I have been making.

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I tell you what. You keep on making those little toys. If you're feeling generous, you can donate them to children at Christmas who otherwise wouldn't have any toys at all.
I had an old friend who passed away recently who made those little toys all year & gave them away at Christmas time. He would make 1500 of them some years. His wife's church group would hold bake sales to raise money to buy paints to paint them up.

I bet he made over 20,000 of them in his retired life. Trucks, cars, you name it, he made it. Lenny was a generous old guy especially when it came to kids.

The local lumber store burned down 8 years ago, but they gave him free cut-offs and scrap pine boards so he could make those toys.
Lenny was a local institution of sorts. He wasn't rich with money, but he was wealthy with joy & love from others.
I miss him a lot.
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Made this for my wife for her Birthday. I had an old can that belonged to her grandfather. I ordered a seam ripper kit and turned the cane down for it.
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Good looking turning. Thanks for sharing. I liked the toys. I have always wanted to do that but I have not the time.
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Saw this project on youtube. I figured I would give it a shot. Still learning to turn the tenons takes a lot of practice. The handle was a couple inches longer when I started. It was still fun.

The handle is Poplar and the heads are red oak from Lowes.
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You are making some really nice stuff, and a good lathe too :)
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