Turn A Large Hollow Wood Sphere Or Ball With No Fear

Large Hollow Poplar Ball 6 inchTo dispel my ball turning phobia forever, I decided to do a large, hollow ball.

What’s different?

Well, on a large ball, any irregular surface is more apparent.

Even more is that I’m having to turn blind. I cannot check wall thickness as I work the wood — I have to rely on measurement taken before gluing the two halves together. Then be sure not to cut through into the interior. In contrast, I could keep turning a solid ball smaller and smaller until I get a smooth result.

This ball is turned from dry poplar laminated from 2 inch blanks. The ball is about six inches in diameter and finished with beeswax and mineral oil.

3 Responses to “Turn A Large Hollow Wood Sphere Or Ball With No Fear”

  1. Robert Lindh says:

    Great video…

  2. Barry says:

    I am always impressed with your professionalism — even in hobby stuff.
    Beautiful bowl — and beautiful 70th memorial piece for the folks last month. I wish I would have had more time to analyze your work. I suppose I’ll have a chance to see it in person again soon.