About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 256 posts from scratch.

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Inspiration From Grapes – Scrollsaw and Lathe

Grape Leaf Plate in MapleMay also be viewed via YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook – But best right here!

I got this idea from the Utah Woodturning Symposium, specifically Raleigh Lockhart’s presentation. It entails cutting a leaf shape on a scrollsaw then turning it on the lathe.

My leaf plate is a grape leaf about 6 inches in diameter and about 1 inch tall. It is turned from maple with a lacquer finish.

My process:

  1. Find a good shape from leaves in my yeard or on the internet.
  2. Prepare a pattern on my computer, including finding the center of the leaf.
  3. Preparing the wood and attaching the pattern to the wood.
  4. Sawing the leaf shape on the wood with a scrollsaw.
  5. Mounting to the lathe against a wood faceplate with tail stock pressure.
  6. Shaping the bottom and creating a mounting tenon.
  7. Reversing into a scroll chuck and shaping the top and interior.
  8. Reversing again to clean up the foot
  9. Sign the completed turning and finishing.

My wife likes this leaf plate. Therefore, it is a success. :)

Good turning.

My Rose Root Blossoms Into A Unique Vase

Rose VaseMay also be viewed via YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook – Best right here!

I dug up an old rose bush from my yard. (Please do not report me to the Rose Club). The root is large enough for at least a couple of turnings. But exactly what should I turn with this unusual wood. I consulted with another woodturner and finally decided on a first project.

This vase is about 3″ tall and 3″ in diameter. It is finished with walnut oil. I tried to preserve some of the bottom roots and voids between roots. I carved out the bark inclusions and did a lot of hand sanding.

It is a conversation piece.

Good turning.

Walnut Cross Grain Box – An Exercise In Mounting

Walnut Lidded BoxMay also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook — Best right here where you are!

I turned this walnut box and lid to answer a challenge from the Utah Woodturners Club. We were to turn a lidded box and bring it to the club meeting.

The box is about 5 1/2″ diameter by 3″ tall finished with lacquer. The wood is seconds from a gun stock supplier. Very pretty walnut. The finial is hazelnut.

This project has two challenges. First, a black streak runs through the 3″ thick walnut. I wanted to take advantage of this color. However, the black streak is also a hairline crack that has weakened the wood. I treated this crack several times with CA glue.

The second challenge is mounting the wood as turning progresses.

  1. Mounting the raw block with tail stock pressure while cutting a tenon on the top.
  2. Mounting using this top tenon while cutting an expansion mortise on the top.
  3. Mounting using the bottom mortise while parting the lid from the base.
  4. Mounting using the bottom mortise while hollowing the base.
  5. Mounting using the inside of the box while cleaning up excess CA glue from the bottom.
  6. Mounting using the bottom mortise while cleaning up excess CA glue from the inside.
  7. Mounting using the top tenon while turning the underside of the lid and turning a mortise on the underside.
  8. Mounting using the top tenon while expanding the last mortise to fit the chuck.
  9. Mounting using the underside lid mortise while turning the top.

Whew! a lot of mounts.

Good turning.

You Mean – That Wood Had a Platter Inside?

Pine PlatterMay also be viewed via YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. But best right here.

This project comes from a block of pine I received as a raffle prize at a woodturning club meeting. Initially, I was disappointed that it is pine, a softwood, that I don’t like to turn.

It has been a while since I turned a platter. I could not see a deep bowl in the half log — only possibly a platter.

For a platter, I mounted the wood to a screw chuck after chain sawing a good slice. Then trued the face before rounding off the perimeter. Then cut a mortise to receive my larger jaws. Then completed the bottom side of the platter.

After reversing the platter, I turned the rim first while the wood was still stable. Then extended the hollow down to the bottom. Finally, I finished the remainder of the inside hollow.

This 12″ by 2″ platter is finished with walnut oil.

Good turning.

Limbs Lashed Together For Rustic Wood Bowl

Hazelnut Lashed Log BowlMay also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, or FaceBook. Best right here!

This project has been a long time in development. While looking at my stash of hazelnut suckers pruned last year, I wondered if I could line up three or four pieces and then turn a bowl.

The problem was how to join the limbs together. They could not remain separate and function together for a bowl.

My first thought was to use dowels to join them. That seemed tacky to use common dowels for a fine woodturning even if the exterior is rustic.

Next thought was to route a groove for a spline. I would mill the spline from the same wood as the limbs. This seemed to be a reasonable plan. Then, I started the project by turning each limb individually to round and smooth the ends.

With the ends nicely done, it was time to use the router. Then as I laid the limbs side by side, I remembered the work I did as a Boy Scout for the Pioneering merit badge. The difference was the scale.

So I racked my brain to remember the process. I used nylon string to lash the limbs side by side. It looked like a small raft.

On a large threaded wood faceplate, I centered the raft with the tail stock. Using scrap, I screwed blocks around the raft and used hot melt glue for final stabilization. Masking tape protected the wood. Duct tape provides a little measure of stability but not much.

Then I hollowed out my rustic raft bowl. But I’m not sure exactly what to call this type of woodturning.

It is about 5 by 4 inches.

Good turning.