Woodturning A People Feeder – Feeders Are Not Only For Birds

People FeederThis video may also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook.

As I noted in the last video, my brother came to visit and brought his agenda – to turn a “people feeder”. The wood he brought did not work out. So, we used what I believe is gum.

A people feeder dispenses candy from a hopper into a shallow dish. A people feeder has four parts: 1) a clear container for the candy; 2) a lid that fits the container; 3) a upper portion that holds the container and has hole for the candy to drop through; 4) a shallow dish from which one “feeds himself”. a dowel keeps the two wood pieces together.

This people feeder is about 7 inches diameter finished with Howard Butcher Block Conditioner. This one is designed for peanut M&M’s which are more difficult to dispense than plain M&M’s.

Useful Links
Home Made Vaporizer for “Pyrography”/Woodburning
DIY Pyrography Pen And Tip For My Woodburning


Maple Firewood Bowl – This Ugly Duckling Is Not A Swan

Maple Bowl RoughThis video may also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook.

My brother came to visit and brought his agenda – to turn a “people feeder” from a piece of big leaf maple he salvaged from his firewood. The people feeder has potential but what about this firewood. The wood had some character like a large knob that maybe was burl or an overgrown limb. But it also had character in the form of cracks.

In this video, I start to turn this wood to see if we can use it for the people feeder. As you’ll see, it did not become a people feeder.

Kinetic Art – Don’t Let Glass Have All The Fun

Kinetic ArtThis video is also available via YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook. Best right here!

After seeing a decorative glass item at a craft store, I had to try to make a similar wood item. The original was a hexagon, mine is a round. The original was glass, mine is wood. Mine can roll around.

I’m not sure what the wood is. It has many characteristics of maple but is much more porous. My piece is eight inches in diameter and five inches tall. It is finished with lacquer.

What would you do with it?

Happy New Year.

Recycled Wood Snowman Offers Season’s Greetings

Snowman Christmas OrnamentThis video is also on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook.

At our last woodturning club meeting, I won a chunk of wood in our raffle. It was a mystery wood salvage from a members job from discarded packing material. What do I do with a short piece of 4×4 with drying checks.

In the Christmas Ornament Challenge, there were several very nice snowmen. But, I did not want to try for a very nice finish on this wood. I decided to keep him rustic and only slightly sanded with coarse sandpaper. Even if he were rustic, my snowman needed a formal hat as all ther other snowmen have. It’s a peer pressure thing. For his hat, I burned the wood surface with a mini propane torch.

Then I used my pyrography tools to burn in his facial features. He is a stunning 5 inches tall and just under 3 inches diameter. He has no finish. His center is drilled out to keep his weight down. After all, he has been on a diet this year so far.

I have no firm idea of what kind of wood he is. But it does resemble pine.

Merry Christmas

Woodturning Multi Axis Christmas Gift

Christmas Gift IdeaThis video is also available on YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook – May as well stay right here.

I asked my wife for a Christmas project. Her response was to turn a lid for fancy glass jar for a Christmas gift. The jar could contain candy, goodies or many other thoughtful items.

That was a good idea. But why not take it to the next level and decorate the lid with multi-axis features to provide more interest than only beautiful wood.

The wood is walnut finished with lacquer. Size depends on the jar and imagination.



Plans N Resources


Woodturning Laminated Christmas Ornament

Laminated Christmas OrnamentThis video may also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. But you’re here already where it is best!

While wrapping up this year’s Christmas Ornament Challenge, I wanted to make one more Christmas ornament.

For this ornament, I used left over laminations from a rolling pin projects and oriented the layers on a diagonal. After rounding, I cut the ornament in half to make hollowing easy, then glued it back together with a walnut slice in between.

To finish the ornament, I had to turn bushings from HDPE for my pen mandrel. The finials are turned from a tropical pen blank. The Christmas ornament is finished with brushing lacquer and buffed. It is 3.5″ by 7.5″

Useful Link:
Easy DIY Tenon Cutters for Woodturning

Woodturning Christmas Ornament Using Infinite Axis Chuck

Christmas OrnamentThis video is also available on YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook. Best Place? Right Here!

The Christmas Ornament Challenge is accepting entries through November. Enter yours at www.AsWoodTurns.com/Challenges/.

For this project, I decided to do something different. Instead of a hollow globe with finials, I decided to substitute a disk for the globe and place decorative elements on the sides. The Infinite Axis Chuck is perfect for turning the decorative elements.

My ornament is about 7 inches tall and 3 inches across the disk and finished with brushing lacquer.

My process (as modified for next time):

  1. Saw parallel cuts on the top and bottom of the wood for the disk.
  2. Mark line through centers of top, front, and bottom.
  3. Drill mortise hole in top and bottom. Depth is not important since the center will be covered.
  4. Mount flat on the top surface of chuck jaws with live center holding the wood. Turn a shallow tenon so that the tenon will be removed when the disk is rounded.
  5. Mount onto the tenon and drill a mortise to fit long neck chuck jaws. Depth is not critical.
  6. Reverse mount and drill a mortise from the other side.
  7. Finish the profile of the disc, sand and finish.
  8. Turn and finish top and bottom finials.
  9. Turn and finish two discs from contrasting wood with the Infinite Axis Chuck, incorporating a tenon to fit the mortise in the disc portion. Information on building the infinite axis chuck can be found in this video and web page.



2017 Christmas Ornament Challenge Update #2

This is the second update to the Sixth Annual Christmas Ornament Challenge to show all the ornament and videos submitted to date.

All videos are in a playlist here.
2 Mauro Migone
3 Patrick Laperrière ( Pat Lap )
4 Billy Burt
5 Steve Krumanaker
6 Mauro Migone
7 Thijs Gijbels
8 Walt Wager
9 Ken Moon
10 Tom Ackley
11 Christian Kuebler
12 Mike Waldt
13 Perior Prenella von Windt
14 Joe Pierce
15 Grace Silverwood
16 Mike Peace
17 OJ Stevens
18 Eli Polite
19 Matt Pride
20 DJ Geiler
21 Mike Waldt
22 Raymond Williams
23 Joe Pierce
24 Tom Midtbo
25 Jesse Barremore
26 Xyla Foxlin
27 Mark Jensen
28 Alan Stratton
29 Billy Burt
30 Terry Vance
31 Brent Arnold
32 Rick Morris
33 Jeremiah Sears
34 Sean Evelegh
35 Walter Turchyn
36 Michael Masters
37 Jeremy Edwards
38 Jesse Barremore
39 Jon Ellwood
40 Dimitris Klonos
41 Mitch Peacock

To enter, video you making your ornament and upload it to your YouTube channel. Then at http://www.AsWoodTurns.com/Challenges, complete the form. But sure you get a successful confirmation message. The challenge ends midnight November 30, 2017

We’ll announce winners in December.

Again. the challenge is open to ornaments from all crafts and combination of crafts.

Alan’s Website: http://www.AsWoodTurns.com
Carl’s Website http://www.TheWoodShop.tv

Where to submit video: http://www.AsWoodTurns.com/Challenges

Woodturning Inside Out Open End Christmas Ornament With LED

Inside Out Christmas OrnamentThis video may be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook. But you’re already here!

The Christmas Ornament Challenge is accepting entries through November. Enter yours at on the challenges page.

View ornaments submitted this year here.

Inside out Christmas ornaments are a challenge for me. The profile of the inside turning is difficult to visualize. The turning often results in thin sections with fragile short grain. The resulting slats are wickedly knife sharp.

Yet, these ornaments are a great project with a fantastic unique look. After a recent article in American Woodturner, I decided to try an inside out turning with an open end. It should not be that hard can it be? Well, to complicate things, I incorporated a battery operated LED tea light into the inside. My design concept was to insert the tea light up through the open bottom into a narrow section of the wood. The tea light flame would show through the side slats. The tea light would be supported by a thin platform indexed by a small bump on the inner profile. To make insertion easier and for further decoration, the platform would incorporate a finial to complete the ornament. The wood slats would flex enough to insert the tea light and platform.

The first version broke when I attempted to drill into the center. I had thought that a drill would match the tealight. When that did not work, I decided to turn that section as part of the inside turning despite the fact that the curves would be opposite the tea light profile.

Another issue arising was the very thin sections at the top. On other ornaments, I’ve had small joints separate. Instead of turning the top portion into a top finial, I chose to turn down the top to a tenon. Normally that would be okay except that the small 3/8″ tenon was actually, four pieces of wood about 3/16″ thick with a weak joint between them. This is where the ornament broke before I could insert the tenon into a mortise in a top finial.

This complicated the top finial. I recessed the mortise into a small hollow in the bottom of the finial to cover and retain the tops of the slats. To reinforce the joint, I turned a small ball to fit inside the slat tops. This I glued with CA glue.

This inside out concept turned out quite nice. It is a rather large ornament. I’d like to make it smaller, to improve the tea light and platform positioning, and avoid the slats breaking. I’ll work on that in the next version while I enjoy this one. :)

A Woodturning Tip To Eliminate Wobble

Walnut Tea LightThis video may also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook. Why not stay right here.

For this project video, I had planned an inside out ornament – a really special one. To my dismay, it broke. Due to the imminent deadline, I switched to a walnut tea light with flashing LED.

As I first mounted the wood to my lathe, I put things together about how I was mounting compared to another demonstration I saw recently. So I decided to give a great tip on why I mount many wood blocks to the lathe as I do. (Details inside. :) )

My walnut tea light is about five inches in diameter and about three inches high, finished with lacquer. It holds a battery operated flashing tealight for fire safety.


Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Time to get turning.