About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 208 posts from scratch.

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Utah Woodturning Symposium – My 2016 Egg Cup Race Entry

Egg Cup Race

May also be viewed on YouTube  – But best right here.

I enjoy attending woodturning symposium – the Utah Woodturning Symposium is one such treat. In addition to all the demonstrations and exhibits, an annual feature is the egg cup race. I’ve participated for at least three years. It is a lot of fun.

Each participant is given a block of green wood with a tenon already turned and mounted in a lathe. Two woodturners turn at the same time competing either for the fastest egg cup or the best egg cup in less then two minutes. There was a healty mix of presenters, professionals, experienced and not-yet-experienced turners.

I finished my egg cup in one minute and thirty eight seconds. Respectable. However, I left my egg cup square in the cup portion – a different design. Good or Not, that was it.

Good turning.

Woodturning My Grandson’s Wood Ball With Bell Inside

Cedar Bell BallMay also be viewed on YouTube – But best right here!

After visiting my grandson I wanted to turn something appropriate for his age. However, he’s 18 months and probably too old for a typical baby rattle. He’s very active so I decided to make a ball. However, a wood ball can be quite heavy and potentially destructive. A hollow ball reduces this risk. However, a little noise to go with the ball. A metal bell does the trick. But since the ball could break, I need the bell to be big enough that he cannot swallow it since everything and anything goes into an infant’s mouth. So I used a larger bell at 1.25″.

To be food safe, I finished the ball with mineral oil and beeswax which turns out to be my sanding media. So, as I sand the ball, I’m finishing it also. A fringe benefit is to soften my hands and scent the air with a little honey smell.

My ball is 3″ in diameter from cedar harvested from a tree in my backyard.

Here’s a link to the octagon chart.

Good turning.

Woodturning A Summer Ice Cream Delight

Ice Cream Box

Video may also be viewed on YouTube – But best right here.

I’m still not at home in my new shop but that is not going to stop me from turning.

After enjoying ice cream with my granddaughters, I decided to attempt to turn an ice cream cone.

My ice cream is turned from cedar for the cone and oak for the ice cream. Both woods are products of urban forestry. The cedar came from a tree that was in my back yard. The oak came from a friend’s neighbor after a storm damaged their tree.

The complete ice cream serving is about 5 inches tall and 2 inches diameter finished with Mylands Friction Polish.

The question now is along the ice cream theme. What else could I do to transform or enhance my ice cream? Hmmmm.

Good turning.

Woodturning Small Bowl – A Surprising Beauty

Pine Burl Bowl

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Finally, the intermission is over and I can turn again. I cannot find all my tools yet but here goes.

I don’t know for sure what wood this is or where I obtained it. After turning it, I believe it is pine based on the smell like turpentine.

At the start, I did not know what it would look like. It was a mass of branches coming from a small slice of the edge of a tree.

However this 8″ by 2″ bowl surprised me with it convoluted figure and grain. Some of the bark inclusions were soft and punky — these I gently scraped out.

The bowl is finished with beeswax and mineral oil. Once I find my buffing wheels, I’ll buff it for a great sheen.

Meanwhile, I need to work on re-establishing my turning studio – aka shop.

Good turning.

Airbrush Acrylic Finish To Enhance Plain Wood Plate

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Poplar with AirbrushHappy New Year.

I started work on this poplar dish to prepare for a airbrush workshop taught by Jay Shepherd at Williamette Valley Woodturners. The poplar is approximately 9″ diameter and 2″ tall. Initially, I finished it with shellac friction polish to seal the wood.

Then at Jay Shepherd’s workshop, he recommended that I paint only the interior of the dish with an iridescent brown acrylic paint with my airbrush. That part was easy. The harder part then is to apply a rattle can clear lacquer and wet sand between every 6 to 10 coats.

I’ve made it thru 220 grit wet sanding and have added new layers but not enough to sand with 400 grit. Sanding is to remove any imperfections and orange peel and build a finish so that the surface reflects like a mirror.

My last sanding will be with 600 grit paper.

For the lacquer spraying, I made a stand to hold the dish while I spray the lacquer.

Good turning.