It’s time for the annual Christmas Ornament Challenge.
Carl Jacobson and I are sponsoring this challenge.
- Make an Christmas ornament.
- Make a video of you making the ornament.
- Upload the video to YouTube
- Let me know the link to add your video to the playlist.
- Enjoy your ornament consistent with the season.
This ornament is walnut with cherry finials, all finished with friction polish.
It is hollow to make it light enough to hang on a tree.
Phillip from San Antonio sent me a chunk of mesquite. I’ve puzzled over what to make of it.
Then I realized that it is playoff and bowl game season. I need refreshments for all the big games. How about a donut.
This donut is hollow to reduce its calorie content. I don’t want my friends to have to go on a diet to lose weight. Yet, they need to enjoy my delicious donut.
- Select a favorite wood in dimensional lumber form. (I used cherry)
- Decide the maximum diameter for your squash. (Mine is 4 inches)
- Calculate a segment length as Length = Diameter x pi / segments. (4 x 3.14159 / 8 = 1.57)
- Saw segments to length determined in step 3 with 22.5 degree angles. These will be trapezoids. The long side is the length you calculated.
- Glue pairs of segments together; clamp for 5-10 minutes and let cure for at least 1 hour.
- Glue these pairs into half rings using an band clamp. Insert small dowels between the halves before tightening the clamp. Let cure.
- Sand the side of each half ring until each half fits nicely against each other forming a full ring.
- Glue these half rings into full rings with the band clamp.
- Sand at least one face flat and smooth.
- Take 2 threaded wood faceplates made from your favorite cheap wood. Using hot melt glue center then glue one full ring on each.
- If desired, plug any center hole in the first layer.
- On the lathe, face off the first ring so the two faces are parallel and smooth. Lightly sand as necessary.
- Center and glue with wood glue the next ring.
- Repeat steps 12 and 13 for each ring on each faceplate until as tall as desired for your squash.
- Mount one glued stack on the lathe. This will be your top.
- Roughly shape exterior to taste.
- Cut a mortise with parallel sides from 1/2 to 3/4 inches deep inside the top portion.
- Hollow, sand, and finish the interior.
- Mount the other glued stack. This will be your bottom.
- Roughly shape exterior to taste.
- Cut a tenon that matches the mortise you cut on the top. Use extra care to acheive the taste(fit) you desire.
- Remove the faceplate from the top stack and mount this stack on the bottom stack.
- Bring up the tailstock and shape the exterior to taste, making sure you don’t break into the interior.
- Sand and finish the top exterior. Remove the top from the lathe.
- Hollow, sand, and finish the bottom interior.
- Reverse mount the bottom. I prefer a jam chuck. Strawberry is my favorite flavor of jam.
- Finish shaping, sand, and finish the exterior.
- Decorate the top with a stem of your choosing.
- Fill with chocolate candies and enjoy whenever the craving hits you.
A food safe finish is required.
This is a followup to my previous video concerning sharpening tools while away from home base. With that video, I was not happy with that solution due to significant runout of my home built mandrel. I ask for suggestions and received a lot.
This video covers the two main categories of suggestions and my current “Plan C” solution. Actually, “Plan C” is two different alternatives so I can pick and choose whichever will work best for the tool at hand.
Plus, several suggestions centered on honing my tools. So as a bonus, I made a faceplate for honing also.
- Grinding Wheel – Norton 3X 6″ Ceramic Alumina High Performance – www.woodturnerscatalog.com
- Mandrel – Lathe Arbor, #2MT – www.highlandwoodworking.com/
- Grinding Wheel Dresser – Wood River Diamond Grinding Wheel Dresser – www.woodcraft.com
- Honing Compound – Green Chrome Oxide Compound - www.woodcraft.com
- Spindle Taps – Beall spindle taps – www.woodturnerscatalog.com & others
- Sandpaper – 10″ – www.woodcraft.com
- MDF – Medium Density Fiberboard – Local hardware store
Carpe Diem. Just after watching a woodturning demo turning a small natural edge bowl from a limb, I happened to need to cut a limb from a juniper tree.
Ordinarily, I would have thrown away the wood. But this time, why not turn a bowl similar to what I had just seen demoed? That is exactly what I did.
This is a small bowl turned from a limb from a juniper tree. It is sanded to 400 grit and finished with walnut oil.
I had a big problem coming up with a Halloween project. My wife came to my rescue suggesting a spider.
This spider is an eccentric turning. Offsetting the tail end by nearly a half an inch flattened my pet spider’s bottom side so he will not sit high off the ground.
I left him unsanded and unfinished wet juniper, appropriate for a rough, scary creature.
When I use my portable mini lathe “On Location” I sharpen my lathe tools before I leave. The problem is that all these tools get dull as I use them. My grinder is nice but not portable.
So what can I do? Keep using dull tools? Use my diamond hone more? Try some way to use a flat wetstone.
While at a workshop, I brainstormed this problem with Kirk DeHeer.
Plan A was to mount a 6 inch grinding wheel (80 grit) on a 5/8″ bolt that is mounted to a four jaw chuck. This worked except that there was a lot of runout.
Plan B was to mount the grinding wheel with the bolt to a wooden faceplate. A hole was bored to the size of the bolt. The bolt then is epoxied into the hole. There is still a little runout but usable at slow speed.
So I’m searching for a Plan C to eliminate the run out.
What is your idea?
Sometimes you have to break rules to discover new territory – Other times breaking rules to know the consequences and to appreciate rules.
It’s the same with woodturning. There’s a lot of opinions(rules) to size the base of a bowl. But why not a double bowl – one where the base is also a bowl?
In this video, I’ll turn a small bowl that can be inverted to be a smaller bowl on a large base. When necessary, it is a large bowl with a tall base.
Let’s have some fun.