About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 265 posts from scratch.

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Star Trek NG Alien Probe Appeared In My Mind

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While watching a rerun of Star Trek Next Generation, I saw an alien probe with an interesting shape. After the episode, I just had to go back and look at that probe again. My thought – can I make a woodturning that looks like that?

My probe is about 13 inches long and 4 inches in diameter. Each cone is about 6 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter. Each cone is a perfect cone. The probe is finished with lacquer.

The cones mount to a center piece about 4 plus inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. I made a drilling and mounting template in Powerpoint to guide drilling each mortise. To avoid a more difficult layout, each mortise was drilled from the same side and entirely through the section.

To cover the opposite side of the mortise from the cone, I turned little medallions from padauk on my Infinite Axis Chuck. Each medallion has two or three mini features on different eccentric axes.

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Remount & Finish Turning Wet Apricot Bowl

Apricot Bowl This video may also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook – But best right here.

Five years ago, I scored a batch of fresh green or wet cherry wood. One block looked very promising – it was a crotch with some beautiful crotch figure. I mounted it and started to turn it. I was shaping the exterior when a large piece separated and conked me in the forehead. I hit the floor; wood hit the ceiling; and the lathe started dancing across the floor. I managed to turn off the lathe and collect my wits.

The piece that flew off weighed 10 to 15 pounds. Turns out, there was a very deep bark inclusion. The wood separated along that bark line.

Fortunately, I was wearing my full face shield. The face shield absorbed most of the force. I suffered only a compression bruise right in the middle of the forehead. Without the faceshield, I would have been seriously injured.

This apricot wood is from the same tree, the same trunk. When I see apricot, I cannot help thinking of that day at my lathe. My own Post Tramatic Stress Disorder.

I rough turned this block of cherry wood about at that same time. Then, weighed it at 669 grams and painted it with green wood sealer. For a long time, I stored it in a kraft paper sack. Later, it migrated to an open shelf.

In real time, I decided to finally finish the bowl. It had lost 32% of its original weight and distorted somewhat. I sanded off the peaks on the rim, pressed the bowl against a wood faceplate to trim the tenon. Then went on to finish the bowl with walnut oil. It is seven inches diameter and 2 inches high.

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Good turning.

Back To My First Love – Turning Green Cherry Bowl

Cherry Bowl

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I obtained the wood for this bowl last December. At the time, I ripped the wood in half through the pith, waxed the ends, and stored the wood in plastic bags. Then due to my accident, I could not turn the wood as quickly as I wanted to and it stayed in the plastic bags a very long time. I feared that it was ruined. But when I opened the plastic, the wood was still in good shape.

So, off to trim the wood at the bandsaw and turn this 8″ by 3″ cherry bowl finished with walnut oil. The wood still has at least 20% of its weight to lose as moisture. I’m storing it in a plastic bag wrapped in a paper towel. The plastic has a loose seal to let some moisture escape.

This bowl will warp but probably not drastically. It is and will be beautiful

Good turning.

At Last My Rose (Root) Blossoms

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As my regular viewers can attest, I’ve made several attempts to turn the root of rose bushes with varying degrees of success and varying degrees of difficulty. In this video, I’ve pressed forward with a new, freshly dug rose root section.

Well, I still had some difficulty with this instance. The root did not yield the diameter of wood that I anticipated once I turned it down to remove most of the bark and bark inclusions. I also had unfortunate results with mounting green wood to a waste block even with using a tenon.

That aside, this is my best vase yet from the root of a rose. Persistence is paying off.

Other roses:

Good turning.

Woodturning Out-Of-Round Bowl

Odd Walnut BowlMay also be viewed via YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook. Best of all is right here!

After watching Guilio Marcolongo demonstrate at the Utah Woodturning Symposium, I took to heart his statement that not every woodturning project must be round. He does some nice work by figuring out different ways to hold his work.

Back at my shop, I found a chunk of walnut that could serve well for my experiment with out-of-round turning. My general plan was a triangle but with arcs instead of sides. No plan works out perfectly and my bowl turned out even more misshapen than planned.

The bowl is approximately 7 inches by 5 inches and about 2 inches high, finished with lacquer and buffed to a high gloss.

I think there is a better way to go about this type of project. I’m pondering it and I will find a way.

Good turning.