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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:00 am 
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I spent a great day with Richard Findlay http://www.turnersworkshop.co.uk last Tuesday having a lesson with him in his Leicester workshop. Although I am a raw beginner and have turned nothing at all in 7 years(!) I set myself a bit of a challenge.... to turn a lamp-post to stand outside my workshop. We got a fair amount done ... but I'm going back for another day to spin the biggest bit which is too big for my existing lathe (or even the one I'm in the process of getting) and shape two others I've not completed yet.

The timbers to be turned:

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Starting with the longest but smallest diameter (89mm tapering to 56mm 965mm long):

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Sorry no picture of the completed taper.

Also turned 146 x 240 mm & 220 x210mm to round but not shaped yet (sorry no picture of these either)

I can thoroughly recommend him as a skilled, encouraging and patient teacher.

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Without a doubt, longer than anything I've ever turned. Well done. 8)

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Went back there last Monday

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As you can see Richard has upgraded his Lathe to a huge Old Wadkin Split Bed which is big enough to spin the largest assembly we'd glued up.

His old Jet 1442... I bought it and brought it home with me! Didn't finish what I was turning here but now the corners are off the Jet will spin it... but not until the workshop's finished.

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I am waiting with bated breath to see that humongus piece in the first picture turned round. More pictures PLEASE. :-D

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What kind of wood are you using for this project, Ray? I'm a bit worried that you might get some checking at the ends of the larger diameter pieces unless you plan to hollow them out a bit.

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The wood is Sapele Dennis. Its laminated from several smaller bits as can be seen in one of the earlier pictures, and is very dry. They were glued with Polyurethane glue. I'm fairly hopeful that this will avoid checking.

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