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Woodturning Laminated Christmas Ornament

Laminated Christmas OrnamentThis video may also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. But you’re here already where it is best!

While wrapping up this year’s Christmas Ornament Challenge, I wanted to make one more Christmas ornament.

For this ornament, I used left over laminations from a rolling pin projects and oriented the layers on a diagonal. After rounding, I cut the ornament in half to make hollowing easy, then glued it back together with a walnut slice in between.

To finish the ornament, I had to turn bushings from HDPE for my pen mandrel. The finials are turned from a tropical pen blank. The Christmas ornament is finished with brushing lacquer and buffed. It is 3.5″ by 7.5″

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Woodturning Christmas Ornament Using Infinite Axis Chuck

Christmas OrnamentThis video is also available on YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook. Best Place? Right Here!

The Christmas Ornament Challenge is accepting entries through November. Enter yours at www.AsWoodTurns.com/Challenges/.

For this project, I decided to do something different. Instead of a hollow globe with finials, I decided to substitute a disk for the globe and place decorative elements on the sides. The Infinite Axis Chuck is perfect for turning the decorative elements.

My ornament is about 7 inches tall and 3 inches across the disk and finished with brushing lacquer.

My process (as modified for next time):

  1. Saw parallel cuts on the top and bottom of the wood for the disk.
  2. Mark line through centers of top, front, and bottom.
  3. Drill mortise hole in top and bottom. Depth is not important since the center will be covered.
  4. Mount flat on the top surface of chuck jaws with live center holding the wood. Turn a shallow tenon so that the tenon will be removed when the disk is rounded.
  5. Mount onto the tenon and drill a mortise to fit long neck chuck jaws. Depth is not critical.
  6. Reverse mount and drill a mortise from the other side.
  7. Finish the profile of the disc, sand and finish.
  8. Turn and finish top and bottom finials.
  9. Turn and finish two discs from contrasting wood with the Infinite Axis Chuck, incorporating a tenon to fit the mortise in the disc portion. Information on building the infinite axis chuck can be found in this video and web page.



2017 Christmas Ornament Challenge Update #2

This is the second update to the Sixth Annual Christmas Ornament Challenge to show all the ornament and videos submitted to date.

All videos are in a playlist here.
2 Mauro Migone
3 Patrick Laperrière ( Pat Lap )
4 Billy Burt
5 Steve Krumanaker
6 Mauro Migone
7 Thijs Gijbels
8 Walt Wager
9 Ken Moon
10 Tom Ackley
11 Christian Kuebler
12 Mike Waldt
13 Perior Prenella von Windt
14 Joe Pierce
15 Grace Silverwood
16 Mike Peace
17 OJ Stevens
18 Eli Polite
19 Matt Pride
20 DJ Geiler
21 Mike Waldt
22 Raymond Williams
23 Joe Pierce
24 Tom Midtbo
25 Jesse Barremore
26 Xyla Foxlin
27 Mark Jensen
28 Alan Stratton
29 Billy Burt
30 Terry Vance
31 Brent Arnold
32 Rick Morris
33 Jeremiah Sears
34 Sean Evelegh
35 Walter Turchyn
36 Michael Masters
37 Jeremy Edwards
38 Jesse Barremore
39 Jon Ellwood
40 Dimitris Klonos
41 Mitch Peacock

To enter, video you making your ornament and upload it to your YouTube channel. Then at http://www.AsWoodTurns.com/Challenges, complete the form. But sure you get a successful confirmation message. The challenge ends midnight November 30, 2017

We’ll announce winners in December.

Again. the challenge is open to ornaments from all crafts and combination of crafts.

Alan’s Website: http://www.AsWoodTurns.com
Carl’s Website http://www.TheWoodShop.tv

Where to submit video: http://www.AsWoodTurns.com/Challenges

Woodturning Inside Out Open End Christmas Ornament With LED

Inside Out Christmas OrnamentThis video may be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook. But you’re already here!

The Christmas Ornament Challenge is accepting entries through November. Enter yours at on the challenges page.

View ornaments submitted this year here.

Inside out Christmas ornaments are a challenge for me. The profile of the inside turning is difficult to visualize. The turning often results in thin sections with fragile short grain. The resulting slats are wickedly knife sharp.

Yet, these ornaments are a great project with a fantastic unique look. After a recent article in American Woodturner, I decided to try an inside out turning with an open end. It should not be that hard can it be? Well, to complicate things, I incorporated a battery operated LED tea light into the inside. My design concept was to insert the tea light up through the open bottom into a narrow section of the wood. The tea light flame would show through the side slats. The tea light would be supported by a thin platform indexed by a small bump on the inner profile. To make insertion easier and for further decoration, the platform would incorporate a finial to complete the ornament. The wood slats would flex enough to insert the tea light and platform.

The first version broke when I attempted to drill into the center. I had thought that a drill would match the tealight. When that did not work, I decided to turn that section as part of the inside turning despite the fact that the curves would be opposite the tea light profile.

Another issue arising was the very thin sections at the top. On other ornaments, I’ve had small joints separate. Instead of turning the top portion into a top finial, I chose to turn down the top to a tenon. Normally that would be okay except that the small 3/8″ tenon was actually, four pieces of wood about 3/16″ thick with a weak joint between them. This is where the ornament broke before I could insert the tenon into a mortise in a top finial.

This complicated the top finial. I recessed the mortise into a small hollow in the bottom of the finial to cover and retain the tops of the slats. To reinforce the joint, I turned a small ball to fit inside the slat tops. This I glued with CA glue.

This inside out concept turned out quite nice. It is a rather large ornament. I’d like to make it smaller, to improve the tea light and platform positioning, and avoid the slats breaking. I’ll work on that in the next version while I enjoy this one. :)

A Woodturning Tip To Eliminate Wobble

Walnut Tea LightThis video may also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook. Why not stay right here.

For this project video, I had planned an inside out ornament – a really special one. To my dismay, it broke. Due to the imminent deadline, I switched to a walnut tea light with flashing LED.

As I first mounted the wood to my lathe, I put things together about how I was mounting compared to another demonstration I saw recently. So I decided to give a great tip on why I mount many wood blocks to the lathe as I do. (Details inside. :) )

My walnut tea light is about five inches in diameter and about three inches high, finished with lacquer. It holds a battery operated flashing tealight for fire safety.


Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Time to get turning.