I turned to my wood lathe for challenge this afternoon. I successfully turned the body ring for a 7 inch & 7/8ths wide banjo. I turned it from a thick piece of maple salvaged from a street tree blowdown from Walla Walla. Wa. I was told the tree was "Silver Maple". It is an Eastern Maple of some kind, included among the impressive collection of street trees planted in Walla Walla more than 100 years ago. I was hoping it would be tough enough to turn a rather delicate thin ring to contain the tambourine that will provide the leather top. Follows is a rather lengthy series of photos showing the process. Enjoy
There is nothing like a wood lathe to make a mess in a workshop. shavings and sawdust accumulate in incredible abundance. Sawdust is a real problem without a vacuum system. Note my homemade system which works very well for the fine stuff. Lathe work however is very interesting and satisfying. This heavy duty lathe has turned many very large and heavy bowls, but it also is great for fine work such as the strap buttons for the butts of ukuleles.