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Batching out a bunch of light sabers

Adam wants to make some stuff for the Christmas in the Country Holiday Art and Craft Festival, at our church, next week. I figured he better start soon… Since the light saber project was quick and easy for him to make, we figured we could get a couple of dozen made in time. It is also great practice for Adam to learn to use the lathe on.

Instructing Adam

Instructing Adam

I spent some time giving him some general instruction.

Roughing out his first blank

Roughing out his first blank

I took a couple of videos. This one is Adam roughing out his first handle blank.

I showed him how to mark his work, once it was round.

Marking

Marking

 

Shaping the handle

Shaping the handle

He spent some time playing with the different tools, learning how to detail the handles.

While focusing on cutting, we forgot about the large hole in the handle. The Tool broke through, but since the hole was off-center, the handle didn’t break.

A big break-through...

A big break-through…

I showed Adam how to set the depth we wanted for the handles so that wouldn’t happen again.

Marking the depth

Marking the depth

 

Detail work

Detail work

After cutting a new handle, Adam finished shaping and detailing, then sanded it down.

Sanding

Sanding

I showed him how to burnish the wood using the chips from roughing out the blanks.

Burnishing

Burnishing

While Adam was at school today, I batched out a bunch more blanks.

A bunch of blanks

A bunch of blanks

After school, he roughed them out.

Adam roughed out most of the blanks

Adam roughed out most of the blanks

I turned the ends and set the depth when he wanted a break.

Prepped and ready for Adam to detail

Prepped and ready for Adam to detail

Then he got back into it and finished detailing most of the rest of the handles.

Hard at work

Hard at work

He was tired when we finished, but happy that he was really getting the hang of turning.

Proud of his work

Proud of his work

 

This weekend's work

This weekend’s work

Here is the batch that we just made. I need to get a few more flashlights to make the 24 that we plan to sell.

Great exercise for learning to turn.

Great exercise for learning to turn.

Not bad for a day or two of work.

One comment on “Batching out a bunch of light sabers

  1. Michael Mathews
    November 4, 2014

    Lawrence, Keep up the great work with Adam. It makes me happy to see a young one take such an interest in the hobby. Very nice job Adam!

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