About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 185 posts from scratch.

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This Bowl Has A Magnetic Personality!


Walnut Pin Bowl

May also be viewed on YouTube.

At my wife’s request, I turned this magnetic pin bowl. It looks simple but figuring out how to embed a magnet and still have enough magnetic force was a brain teaser.

The bowl is walnut finished with friction polish. It uses a segmented approach with four rings of twelve segments each plus two pieces of three ply home made walnut plywood. This amounts to 54 pieces of wood.

The magnet is a generic HF 25 pound 2 inch magnet.

Good turning.

Woodturning To Remount And Finish Golden Chain Bowl

Bowl Golden ChainMay also be viewed via YouTube.

I rough turned this bowl about two years ago. A friend was cutting down a tree in his yard and offered me some of the wood. He called it a golden chain. I looked up the tree and found several interesting facts including: it is very hard; sometimes used as an ebony substitute; and toxic to all animals. Its flowers are very pretty.

Fortunately for me, roughing a bowl when it’s wet is a lot easier than when it’s dry.

My finished bowl is about 9 inches in diameter and about 2 inches high.

I found it interesting how much luster the raw wood had when sanded.

This bowl is finished with walnut oil.

Good turning.

Woodturning An Eccentric Or Multi-Axis Bud Vase

Eccentric Bud Vase BirchMay also be viewed on YouTube.

This bud vase is spalted birch harvested about a year ago. It is an eccentric turning on four axes: Main and offset by 3/8 inch at 120 degree intervals.

A year ago, I rough turned it round and waxed it. It has been laying around my shop since then.

It is about five inches tall and two inches in diameter, finished with beeswax and mineral oil followed by buffing.

Initially, I envisioned it taller with a neck about three inches longer. But when it neared completion, it did not look right — so I turned off the neck. Much better without.

I turned two coves on two offset axes followed by a large bead on the final offset axis.

It was fun.

Good turning.

Risky Woodturning – Winged Bowl Tealight

Cedar Winged TealightMay also be viewed on YouTube.

After visiting the Portland Saturday Market, I was inspired to turn this winged tealight.

As I turned it, I was struck by the similarities between this winged bowl design and a natural edge turning. After all, except for dealing with the bark, the process is the same and the risks are the same.

In either case, I’m turning a lot of air with only intermittent contact with wood. This makes riding the bevel nearly impossible. The turning sequence is nearly identical to a natural edge except that this wood is already dry. In addition to the basics, I added a base turning and bored a hole for an LED light.

My winged square edge tealight is about 8 inches long, 3.5 inches wide, and 3 inches tall, finished with mineral oil and beeswax followed by buffing.

The LED light is battery operated and does not generate enough heat to be a safety hazard or fire risk.

Good turning.

Multi-Axis Woodturning – All My Scoops

May also be viewed on YouTube – but please stay here if possible.

Cedar ScoopTo complete my video series on wood scoops, I turned this cedar scoop about 7 inches long and 2 inches diameter, finished with beeswax and mineral oil.

The turning axes were:

  1. The original center of the wood for the scoop.
  2. A skewed axis for the handle.
  3. The original axis for the end of the handle.

One safety note: I used hot melt glue to fasten the scoop to a piece of scrap before sawing the scoop. I did not wnat the round scoop turning at the saw.

I love the finished look and feel of these three cedar scoops. I can improve each, I’m sure, but that’s for the future. The cedar feels crisp and light and sounds nice when two are gently hit together.

Good turning.