About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 238 posts from scratch.

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Adaptable Abstract Sculpture Desk Toy (“Thingey” or MetroGnomes)

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Where do project ideas come from? Anywhere! This is inspired by a large object outside a building between the San Diego airport and the rental car center. I hope someone from San Diego can tell me what it actually is.

The largest one is about eleven inches tall and three inches diameter. It is cedar finished with beeswax and mineral oil. This is a set of three.

My vision is of a desk toy where I can play with their position and change it at will.

Apparently what I saw were “MetroGnomes”. Thank you John Fisher for identifying them. Thank you San Diego for inspiration.

Good turning.

Traditional Hollow Globe Christmas Ornament

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In a recent comment, a viewer asked if I was going to use my shop built hollowing tools to turn an ornament this year. Well, I had not intended to, since I was busy exploring hollowing through larger, more convenient holes.

But I took it as as challenge and made this traditional globe ornament.

To me, a traditional globe is designed to hang from a Christmas tree and consists of
1. A hollowed body of somewhat globe shape. Almost anything goes here and has been the target of a lot of creativity in Christmas Ornament Challenges,
2. A top finial – either short or long.
3. A bottom finial – Usually longer than the top finial.
4. (Optionally) spacers between the finials and the body. Often, these provide a colorful transition element between smaller dimension expensive finial wood and the body.

So. Challenge accepted – challenge met. :)

Good turning.

Atomic Christmas Ornament For 2016 Ornament Challenge

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This Christmas season I’ve largely avoided hollowing through small holes. This ornament is another such project where I prefer to hollow through the largest opening possible. In this case the largest opening equals the diameter of the ornament.

For accent the walnut blank was saw at a random angle; the cut was cleaned up and a strip of oak glued in the kerf. I repeated this process a couple more time before mounting to my lathe.

On the lathe, I used the perfect sphere process to yield a ball, However, before sanding the ball, I parted it in half one more time – at a random angle, Then again after hollowing the two halves, I glued in a strip of oak into the kerf.

After that I returned to the perfect sphere process to sand and finish the ball.

For hanging on a Christmas tree, I mounted a small loop of copper wire.

My walnut and oak ornament is about two inches in diameter. No fancy finials for this ornament.

Good turning.

Segmented Thanksgiving Pumpkin Treat Box With ‘Natural’ Stem

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Segmented Pumpkin BoxThis video is part 1 of a 2 part series. In this video, I’ll create a turned segmented pumpkin box to hold special treats during the Thanksgiving season.

This pumpkin box consists of 9 rings of 12 segments each for 108 total segments plus 2 pieces of shop built oak plywood. It is finished with walnut oil.

The video for part 2 concerns the ‘natural stem’ for this pumpkin but that is a different story.

Segments cut on Jerry Bennett style segment sled, lightly sanded and glued up as entire rings. I plan on enhancing this sled shortly.

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Adding A ‘Natural’ Stem To Segmented Pumpkin Treat Box


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This video is part 2 of a 2 part series. In part 1, I created a turned segmented pumpkin box to hold special treats during the Thanksgiving season.

This video for part 2 concerns the ‘natural stem’ for this pumpkin. For the stem I and my son:

  1. Selected two small pumpkins with interesting stems;
  2. Spray varnished (rattle can) the stems;
  3. Cut the bottom out of two plastic cups;
  4. Used Sculpey clay to form a seal between the top of the pumpkin and rim of the cup;
  5. Approximated the volume of Part A of silicon rubber compound and weighed it on a digital scale;
  6. Reset the scale and added 10% by weight of part B ofthe silicon rubber;
  7. Thoroughly mixed the rubber,
  8. If we would have had vacuum equipment, we would have pulled a vacuum to draw out air bubbles;
  9. Poured the liquid rubber into the cups and let harden;
  10. Apologized to the pumpkin for its hardship;
  11. Removed the hard rubber from the pumpkin;
  12. Using 2 part expoxy, measured the epoxy into two separate cups;
  13. Mixed sawdust into each cup of epoxy;
  14. Subjected each cup to a vacuum to remove bubbles;
  15. Mixed the two cups of epoxy together and again subjected it to a vacuum;
  16. Poured the mix into the molds and let harden.
  17. Cleaned up the excess epoxy and drilled for a tenon;
  18. Glued in a tenon
  19. Mounted stem to the pumpkin lid.

All in all, the process was not very difficult and my molds can be used over again.

My epoxy was old 2 part counter top finish. It was a challenge to have harden probably due to age. Use fresh epoxy.

Good turning.