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Woodturning Hogwarts Sorting Hat – Multiple Personalities

Walnut Sorting HatThis video is also available via YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook – Best right here at As Wood Turns.

In thinking about another Halloween project, I decided to turn a Hogwarts sorting hat-a great projects for young wizards. But a hat from the wizarding world cannot be a smooth refined hat with a highly polished surface – quite the contrary.

I turned this hat in a typical manner to expose it’s basic shape. Then brought out a Proxxon tool with a medium rasp and a sanding disk to “refine” the surface.

My hat is walnut about four inches diameter and three inches tall, finished with lacquer.

Another benefit from the wizard world is this hat can transform itself into a cornucopia and a lily for Thanksgiving and the rest of the year. Thank you Harry.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

Woodturning A Shy Halloween Ghost

Shy Halloween Ghost This video may also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook. But you’re here already and it’s best right here.

I often have a problem coming up with a woodturning project for Halloween. In fact, I do not know how I came up with this idea.

The ghost is hazelnut about 3 inches high finished with lacquer.

The tube is half dry cherry about 5 inches high and 2 inches in diameter also finished with lacquer. The tube has a small ledge offset from center to allow the ghost to peer over the top of the tube.

Have a ghostly Halloween.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

Cross Grain Hollow Form With Fins

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This hollow form is a combination project to explore a hollow form with fins in cross grain wood. The cherry is about half dry and could warp some but not a lot. I’m not counting on the project warping.

The hollow form is mounted as cross grain and shaped. Then drilled out and hollowed but was not hollowed out to the final wall thickness. Instead I left the walls very thick (at this point).

Then using a parting tool, I cut 1/8″+ grooves leaving 1/8″ fins. My goal was to leave about 1/2″ as a wall thickness between the bottom of the fin and the interior of the hollow form. It is 7″ diameter and 4″ tall finished with walnut oil.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now. Here’s the link(click).

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Quick And Easy Ring And Jewelry Holder

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This project is fairly quick and easy yet functional and beautiful. While simple, it has potential for many variations. Essentially, it is a bowl with a spindle – the best of both worlds. The bowl is small and shallow with the center left in place. The spindle resembles a flame. A ring or rings can be placed on the tip of the flame.

The bowl portion is 4x4x1. The flame starts with 1x1x6. Mine are finished with lacquer.

To make this ring holder, first turn the shallow bowl using the usual bowl turning techniques. The difference is to leave the center. This means the live center can stay put a very long time. Drill a hole to serve as a mortise in the center. Next turn the flame with a tenon to match the hole in the bowl portion. Keep the flame portion simple. This is not the time for a lot of beads and coves.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

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Easy DIY Tenon Cutters for Woodturning

Enjoy.

Designing Two Stave Inside Out Christmas Ornament

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Inside out Christmas ornaments present a challenge for me. They are tough to visualize due to the interaction of the inside and the outside turning. For this two stave inside out ornament, I started to plan the woodturning using Sketchup. Sketchup is a three dimensional modeling application. I use the free non pro version.

While I can draw a round object with curves, it would be difficult to edit. To avoid this difficulty, I approximated the shape by using 1/4″ steps, planning to smooth out the final ornament. Since this ornament uses two staves, I first drew one object to represent a 1x2x6 board making this board a Sketchup component. When an object is a component, it can be duplicated as many times as it needs to be but the main advantage is that any edits on a component are automatically replicated in all instances of the component.

Here’s a summary of the process:

  1. Draw my initial board, color it, and make it a component. My board is drawn vertically.
  2. Duplicate and rotate the board to represent the two staves positioned as if they were already glued together.
  3. Draw a guideline up the middle of the outside of one board.
  4. Hide or hide the layer for other board.
  5. Edit the board component
  6. Draw a horizontal line at one key point in the turning. Extend this around the board.
  7. Hide (not delete) the surface above or below the line.
  8. Draw a semicircle on the horizontal internal surface.
  9. Extrude the semicircle to the distance for this surface.
  10. Erase lines and surfaces that would be removed in an actual lathe turning.
  11. Repeat for each turned area.
  12. Unhide all hidden surfaces, unhide the opposite board, and check the work. At this point, the shape represents the first or internal turning.
  13. On the opposite side of a board, repeat by drawing lines, semicircles, and erasing lines and surfaces for the second turning.
  14. Clean up and fix any mistakes.
  15. Unhide the second board. Voila, your inside out turning.

For ornaments with more staves, draw boards with the appropriate angles. The process is the same except for using an edge instead of the middle of the board.

Remember the Christmas Ornament Challenge submission period is November. Plan your ornament now.

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