Woodturning Surprise Bowl From Maple Burl

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This hunk of maple has been laying around in my shop for over two years, from before my move from Oregon to Utah. When it was given to me, I thought is was just an oddly sawn chunk of ordinary wood. I got tired of it taking up space. Rather than get rid of it, I decided to try to turn it.

Boy, was I surprised. I quickly recognized it as burl wood. A bit later recognized it as maple. Wow! What a surprise-a big chuck of burl wood instead of some plain wood.

Well, it was tough going. The wood was sawn into a three sided pyramid which made it difficult to round off. Plus, the bark was thick. I did not dare hack at the bark because of the burl figure. But I persevered.

The bowl is maple burl about 10 inches in diameter and 4 inches high, finished with lacquer. I did not dare fill the voids. To do so would spoil the effect of the burl wood.

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Woodturning Hogwarts Sorting Hat – Multiple Personalities

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In thinking about another Halloween project, I decided to turn a Hogwarts sorting hat-a great projects for young wizards. But a hat from the wizarding world cannot be a smooth refined hat with a highly polished surface – quite the contrary.

I turned this hat in a typical manner to expose it’s basic shape. Then brought out a Proxxon tool with a medium rasp and a sanding disk to “refine” the surface.

My hat is walnut about four inches diameter and three inches tall, finished with lacquer.

Another benefit from the wizard world is this hat can transform itself into a cornucopia and a lily for Thanksgiving and the rest of the year. Thank you Harry.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

Woodturning A Shy Halloween Ghost

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I often have a problem coming up with a woodturning project for Halloween. In fact, I do not know how I came up with this idea.

The ghost is hazelnut about 3 inches high finished with lacquer.

The tube is half dry cherry about 5 inches high and 2 inches in diameter also finished with lacquer. The tube has a small ledge offset from center to allow the ghost to peer over the top of the tube.

Have a ghostly Halloween.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

Cross Grain Hollow Form With Fins

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This hollow form is a combination project to explore a hollow form with fins in cross grain wood. The cherry is about half dry and could warp some but not a lot. I’m not counting on the project warping.

The hollow form is mounted as cross grain and shaped. Then drilled out and hollowed but was not hollowed out to the final wall thickness. Instead I left the walls very thick (at this point).

Then using a parting tool, I cut 1/8″+ grooves leaving 1/8″ fins. My goal was to leave about 1/2″ as a wall thickness between the bottom of the fin and the interior of the hollow form. It is 7″ diameter and 4″ tall finished with walnut oil.

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Quick And Easy Ring And Jewelry Holder

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This project is fairly quick and easy yet functional and beautiful. While simple, it has potential for many variations. Essentially, it is a bowl with a spindle – the best of both worlds. The bowl is small and shallow with the center left in place. The spindle resembles a flame. A ring or rings can be placed on the tip of the flame.

The bowl portion is 4x4x1. The flame starts with 1x1x6. Mine are finished with lacquer.

To make this ring holder, first turn the shallow bowl using the usual bowl turning techniques. The difference is to leave the center. This means the live center can stay put a very long time. Drill a hole to serve as a mortise in the center. Next turn the flame with a tenon to match the hole in the bowl portion. Keep the flame portion simple. This is not the time for a lot of beads and coves.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

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Enjoy.

Designing Two Stave Inside Out Christmas Ornament

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Inside out Christmas ornaments present a challenge for me. They are tough to visualize due to the interaction of the inside and the outside turning. For this two stave inside out ornament, I started to plan the woodturning using Sketchup. Sketchup is a three dimensional modeling application. I use the free non pro version.

While I can draw a round object with curves, it would be difficult to edit. To avoid this difficulty, I approximated the shape by using 1/4″ steps, planning to smooth out the final ornament. Since this ornament uses two staves, I first drew one object to represent a 1x2x6 board making this board a Sketchup component. When an object is a component, it can be duplicated as many times as it needs to be but the main advantage is that any edits on a component are automatically replicated in all instances of the component.

Here’s a summary of the process:

  1. Draw my initial board, color it, and make it a component. My board is drawn vertically.
  2. Duplicate and rotate the board to represent the two staves positioned as if they were already glued together.
  3. Draw a guideline up the middle of the outside of one board.
  4. Hide or hide the layer for other board.
  5. Edit the board component
  6. Draw a horizontal line at one key point in the turning. Extend this around the board.
  7. Hide (not delete) the surface above or below the line.
  8. Draw a semicircle on the horizontal internal surface.
  9. Extrude the semicircle to the distance for this surface.
  10. Erase lines and surfaces that would be removed in an actual lathe turning.
  11. Repeat for each turned area.
  12. Unhide all hidden surfaces, unhide the opposite board, and check the work. At this point, the shape represents the first or internal turning.
  13. On the opposite side of a board, repeat by drawing lines, semicircles, and erasing lines and surfaces for the second turning.
  14. Clean up and fix any mistakes.
  15. Unhide the second board. Voila, your inside out turning.

For ornaments with more staves, draw boards with the appropriate angles. The process is the same except for using an edge instead of the middle of the board.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

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Woodturning Old Fashioned Desk Pen Set

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Years ago, I did not use pen kits for making wooden pens like we almost exclusively do today. Still there is a place for an inexpensive yet classy desk pen set.

This pen uses the filler extracted from a plastic pen. Cost was about 1.25 for 12.

The greatest challenge is drilling a hole almost six inches deep of such a thin diameter without the drill bit wandering out the side of the wood. I did several things to mitigate this risk:

  1. My pen blank is straight grained wood that will not cause the bit to wander in the grain.
  2. My pen blank was as deeply seated into my long nose jaws as possible to center and support the wood.
  3. I started the hole with a short bit chucked as deeply in its chuck as possible to reduce the tendency to bend.
  4. I drill slowly and clear chips about every 1/4 inch.
  5. After drilling as deeply as I can with a short bit, I swapped it for the long bit to finish up.

Then I drilled a slightly larger diameter hole for the upper part of the pen’s tip.

The 6″ pen is from a tropical hardwood of unknown species finished with lacquer.

The base is about 2″ high and 2″ diameter. The bottom part is maple burl. The upper part is walnut. Next time, I would make the base at least 3″ diameter but this is as much the burl would allow. The base is finished with lacquer. The pen receiver is drilled at a slant by tipping the base in the chuck.

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Easy DIY Tenon Cutters

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

Multi-Dimension Fin Vase Green Woodturning

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After seeing a demo of this vase at my woodturning club, I searched for a good piece of wood. Ideally, it would be an entire round of freshly harvested wood. With wet wood, I could expect the fins to warp up and down randomly, adding to the visual effect of the fins.

The process is fairly simple:

  1. Rough turn the wood between centers
  2. Cut a mounting tenon. The club demonstrator used a faceplate.
  3. Mount to a chuck using the tenon. (or faceplate)
  4. Tool the exterior but leave large for now.
  5. Drill or hollow the interior. For an even more advanced vase, hollow out the interior to a pleasing curve. However, this will complicate matters significantly later.
  6. Finish shaping the exterior.
  7. Sand but do not finish the exterior.
  8. With the tool rest parallel to the lathe axis, start cutting the fins. Since my interior was drilled to a consistant diameter, I cut the fins to a consistent depth. If I had hollowed the interior, I would have to consider the varying internal diameter.
  9. Part off the vase and clean up the bottom either now or after drying.
  10. Allow to dry. For this vase, I placed the vase in a plastic bag and microwaved it in several 1 minute bursts. I quit when the bottom appeared to start cracking.
  11. When dry, sand again with fine finishing grits.
  12. Apply finish.. Enjoy.

My vase is about 7.5″ high and 4″ diameter finished with walnut oil.

I did not get the warping I expected. Perhaps, the wood was not fresh enough, Perhaps, I could have made the fins thinner. I could have turned it cross grain for more warpage but that doesn’t seem right for a vase.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

Solar Eclipse Souvenir Broach Woodturning

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With the eclipse coming, I wondered if I could turn something that depicts the eclipse. After considering several possibilities, this is what I came up with.

The “earth” disk is hazelnut with texturing provided by mini features created with the Infinite Axis Chuck. It is about 3″ diameter finished with shellac. The texturing represents mountains, rivers and landscape features.

The “moon” disk is walnut with texturing provided by mini features created with the Infinite Axis Chuck. It is about 1 1/2″ diameter finished with shellac. The texturing resembles the man in the moon.

On the back is a clip called a finding. This one is from Fire Mountain Gems called something like a necklace and broach finding.

Have a fun time with the eclipse.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

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Good Turning!

 

Inside Out Christmas Ornament – Tree and Finials

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In this video, I complete my inside out Christmas ornament. Last week, I turned the body; now I’ll turn the interior tree for display, the finials, and everything else to complete the ornament. Last week, I noted that it could become a bell but I decided to stick to my original plan and only include a bell in the top finial.

The top finial is about 1″ long made from a tropical hardwood pen blank.

The hanger is fine wire twisted around a drill bit and glued into the top finial.

At the bottom of the globe is a walnut spacer. It serves dual purposes: 1) to visually balance out the globe; 2) provide a transition to the smaller diameter bottom finial. Otherwise, the bottom finial would have to be a much larger block of expensive wood. It is about 1.5″ long.

The bottom finial is from the same tropical hardwood pen blank about 4″ long.

For children’s safety, I never have a sharp or very fine point on an ornament finial. I believe a blunt end finial is much safer for children.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

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Good Turning!