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John Grace
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Turning Christmas Trees...
Dec 17th, 2017 at 4:46pm
 
I normally turn bowls, platters, and a few vases but this time of year I like to turn some small wood Christmas trees like the ones being made in the video below.  They make great gifts for loved ones or something that will be given away as part of my department's holiday party.  Anyways, something occurred to me as I was finishing several of these this weekend.  They also provide a great excuse for practicing with and repetitive use of tools I don't use as much for my bowl turning.  Specifically, a variety of skews, spindle gouges, and detail spindle gouges.  I made myself learn the skew a couple of years ago...more or less just to be able to say I knew how.  Turn a dozen or so of these trees and you'll find your skills improving exponentially.  So much easier learning or improving on a turning skill when you have a specific object you're making.  Just a thought...happy and safe turning.


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Re: Turning Christmas Trees...
Reply #1 - Dec 17th, 2017 at 5:34pm
 
This Topic was moved here from Turning Talk by Ed Weber.
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Re: Turning Christmas Trees...
Reply #2 - Dec 17th, 2017 at 5:51pm
 
Overall a good video
IMO there is one area that causes a safety concern.
At 9:08 an SGR is used for a peeling cut.
This is not a proper/safe method of use for this tool. Though the grind is straight across and there "shouldn't" be any issues as long as you only use the wing, this is not what this tool is designed to do. This cut should be done with a parting tool, skew or a spindle gouge with the flute facing downhill.
Facing the flute uphill toward the fibers is not the safest cut and not recommended.
If you watch closely you can see the gouge kick back a few times as the cut is being made. This should immediately let you know that you're not approaching the cut the proper way or with the proper tool.
Turn safely
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Re: Turning Christmas Trees...
Reply #3 - Dec 17th, 2017 at 6:42pm
 
Ed Weber wrote on Dec 17th, 2017 at 5:51pm:
this is not what this tool is designed to do. This cut should be done with a parting tool,


Good eyes Ed...thanks, John
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Reply #4 - Dec 17th, 2017 at 8:05pm
 
I do watch the things you post  Grin
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Re: Turning Christmas Trees...
Reply #5 - Dec 19th, 2017 at 8:20am
 
A teaching point was overlooked when he did not compare "planing" with the end of the skew versus planing with the cutting edge.  The tip never gives me as nice a surface.
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