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CHJ

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As the years roll by time seems to get ever more in short supply, that to just relax and have a couple of hours doing something basic without any deadlines or commitments seems even more elusive.

Not that turning has been at a total standstill so far this year, This and several other behind the scenes tasks have enforced some heated shop time during this cool start to the season.

Anyway, a couple of days Gardening says very forcefully that the back needs a rest so used the excuse to start salvaging some of the 'might make something' pile.

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Some great pieces. and yes I know that feeling having to get things ready for competitions birthdays and other bits that have been requested. Glad you have managed to get some you time. I spoke to a gentleman who attended the show I just did and he commented on having time to do some much needed turning. I just said that it matters not what the hobby is sometimes you just need to say that two hours on a Monday is turning time(enter amount of time and day to suit yourselves).
 

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Trying to avoid the frustrations of 'best laid plans etc.' going astray and decided to just walk in the shed and pick a couple of lumps off this pile and see what comes out for a while, need the shelf space anyway.
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The 'get the brain engaged' stuff can wait 'till the new seasons chores have died down.
 

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Dalboy":1skxkqib said:
CHJ":1skxkqib said:
need the shelf space anyway.
What to fill up again :lol: :lol: :lol:
Not with wood if I can resist it Derek, been trying to get to grips with it for two years already, only compensation is it's very dry now so machining is different enough now to provide a variation in feel and finishing.
Daft isn't it, seeing clouds of fine dust passing through the net abrasive and disappearing into the extractor providing satisfaction.
 

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Yes just finished a spalted bowl and watching the dust in streams being sucked into the extractor is quite mesmerizing will post pictures when I take them.
 

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Two very nice pieces. The shape is one that just needs to be picked up and cradled in the hands. Both have there merits but the yew one just has a load of character
 

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Thanks Derek, rather basic bits of turning, think there are going to be a lot of such over the coming weeks as I sort through this stuff, just reluctant to put it in the firewood bin.
Fortunately there's always an outlet for a simple little piece to dress up with a dried flower display or fill with a few chocolates as a thank you gift for someone so they don't go to waste.
 

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Just been sorting through my blanks and some put through a thicknesser to help with balance and a couple showed some signs of splits appearing so have now rough turned and resealed so they will warp rather than split
 

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Just no-brainers on the turning front Derek, but at least they are achieving a little progress on the bits and pieces shifting project and a chance to just go with the flow of past experiences and working methods to produce some shavings without too much agro.

Other than forgetting to put the nice sharp bowl gouge in its rack before swiping the shavings off the bench into the bin.
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I haven't got a clue about turning but can appreciate the finished article. Very nice indeed Chas. Congratulations.

John
 

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CHJ":2jm6avcx said:
Just no-brainers on the turning front Derek, but at least they are achieving a little progress on the bits and pieces shifting project and a chance to just go with the flow of past experiences and working methods to produce some shavings without too much agro.

Other than forgetting to put the nice sharp bowl gouge in its rack before swiping the shavings off the bench into the bin.
I'm a b u g g e r for that as well especially after the last lot of turning as I was rough turning a load of blanks still got loads more to do and the pile of shavings hide everything as well discolouring a couple of chucks which have cleaned up OK with a quick wipe using a rag and a little 3 in 1.
 

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Obi-John, this is only very basic turning, relying on wood figuring to give it some interest, as far as finish is concerned it's a case of sanding out any tool marks and scratches and putting the simplest of sealers and wax on. To me Finish is always the overriding criteria.
Turning skill levels required are minimal, just that after a couple of thousand such pieces, you develop working methods and simple kit around you that makes it easier to make something with a use from an oddment of wood without too much brain strain.
 

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Very nice, Chas - I especially like the laburnum pots: beautiful!
 

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Thanks Stewart, all very basic and simple on the turning time front, just relying on the wood to provide most of the interest.
Have a lot of other commitments and chores going at the moment so taking what little opportunity there is for shed time to try and lower the surplus small oddments of wood that have collected as 'too good for the firewood'.
 

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