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.
I spent some time giving him some general instruction.
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.
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.
I showed Adam how to set the depth we wanted for the handles so that wouldn’t happen again.
After cutting a new handle, Adam finished shaping and detailing, then sanded it down.
I showed him how to burnish the wood using the chips from roughing out the blanks.
While Adam was at school today, I batched out a bunch more blanks.
After school, he roughed them out.
I turned the ends and set the depth when he wanted a break.
Then he got back into it and finished detailing most of the rest of the handles.
He was tired when we finished, but happy that he was really getting the hang of turning.
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.
Not bad for a day or two of work.