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Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 221 posts from scratch.

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Woodturning Natural Edge Off Center Bowl

Off Center Bowl in MapleMay also be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo – But Best Right Here!

Get ready for this year’s Christmas Ornament Woodturning Challenge – Coming November 2016

After seeing a demo at a woodturning club of a large off center bowl, I had to try one myself. At another club meeting, I picked up a bowl blank that I thought was elm. The blank had bark on one side – not the normal position for a natural edge bowl. But why not combine a side natural edge and an off center bowl.

Well, here it is. The rim measures about seven inches in diameter; the bowl is about two inches tall.

To summarize the process:

  1. Mark the center of the blank and an offset center. For the bark edge, I shifted the offset center about 3/4″ towards the bark edge.
  2. Mount to a faceplate and rough turn.
  3. Cut an expansion mortise on the bottom.
  4. Reverse the bowl onto a scroll chuck.
  5. Shape and form the outer portion of the rim including any rim decorations. It would be a good idea to sand also.
  6. Reverse the bowl onto a faceplate at the other center position.
  7. Shape the lower exterior of the bowl blending into the previously cut rim.
  8. Cut a new expansion mortise.
  9. Reverse the bowl into the new mortise.
  10. Hollow the interior, sand the upper exterior of the bowl.
  11. For my bowl, I cut a small groove on the inside of the bowl for another expansion hold. This will be used to finish the foot. Cole jaws are not an effective option because due to the offset rim.
  12. Reverse the bowl onto an expansion hold into the groove.
  13. Shape the foot.
  14. Sign and finish. I used walnut oil and later buffed.

This was a small block of wood for an offset bowl due to the need for enough wood for an expansion mortise. For this reason, the lines of the bowl do not flow as well as I had originally intended. A larger blank would be preferable.

Another learning is at the beginning to smooth an area on one face big enough for the faceplate in both positions. I used the rough face of the blank. Consequently, the turning plate of the bowl shifted slightly from one mount to the next causing the rim to be slightly thinner on one side.

Good turning.

Miniature Vase From A Rose Root – A Thorny Woodturning

Vase From RoseMay also be viewed on YouTube or Vimeo – But best right here!.

I dug up a rose bush from my garden and saved the root. It was not very big but I thought that I’d try to turn something: either a small hollow form or a small vase depending on how the wood turned.

Well, turning was easy; keeping the wood mounted to the lathe was a frequent and big problem. I could not get an adquate grip with either hot melt glue or medium CA glue. I finally had to cut a mortise and tenon and use yellow glue.

After all that, the vase started to come apart due to the voids and cracks in the root ball.

In the end, the little 2″ vase has unique figure. I’ll be on the lookout for larger rose roots for future projects.

Good turning.

Watch this space – Christmas Ornament Woodturning Challenge is coming in November.

Woodturning Miniature Hollow Form With My New DIY Tools

Cedar Miniature VaseMay also be viewed on YouTube or Vimeo – But best right here.

This little vase took some preparation. I did not have smaller tools to keep the top hole to a minimum. So, in the last video, I made a set from Allen wrenches.

This little vase is about three inches tall and two inches diameter. It is finished with shellac friction polish.

What is the fascination with hollowing so much thru a tiny little hole? You have to try to find out. :)

Good turning.

DIY Hollow Form Tools From Old ‘Alan’ Wrenches

Hollowing ToolsMay also be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo — But best right here!

I’m planning to create a small hollow form for my local club’s current challenge. However, my current tools are large and would require a larger hole than I want to leave.

So, I’m grinding two old Allen wrenches to provide one straight scraper and one bent scraper.

Then I’m making a handle for each: one from fig; one from elm.

Next week, I’ll create the hollow form.

Good turning.

Woodturning Box Lid with Multiple Eccentric Axes For Unique Look

Lid For Stacking BoxesMay also be view on Vimeo and YouTube – But best right here.

In the last video I turned a set of stacking boxes. My boxes need an interesting lid for the top most box – one that will provide interest and enhance the boxes.

The Infinite Axis Chuck provides a solution. The lid is red oak finished with walnut oil then buffed. The oak was shaped initially with standard techniques with one important feature. I cut a mortise on the underside to serve as an expansion hold while the top side was tooled. This mortise later served as the gluing surface to mount the wood to the Inifinite Axis Chuck.

The tail stock provides a clear indicator of where the turning center will be. The ball and tenon is moved to select the center of a new turning. Only light cuts with a spindle gouge are required, followed by sanding.

I’ve added a new page to my web site to define woodturning terms. The goal is to provide clarity about woodturning styles. Here’s the link.¬†Your feedback will be appreciated.

I repositioned the chuck five times. The design is unique and can never be exactly duplicated.

Good turning.