Woodturning A Peek-A-Boo Vase With Launch Disaster

Peek-A-Boo VaseMay also be viewed via YouTube.

At a recent business meeting at a hotel, I saw some strange chairs around their pool area. A light flashed on in my head: “Could I turn something like that?” Well, certainly not a chair of that size but how about a vase.

I’m calling this vase a Peek-A-Boo vase since it has a large opening in its side. Rather than sitting down in this area, I can use it for an attractive display. For an example, my wife created a scene with seashells and coral.

The vase is a segmented turning from oak consisting of 14 segmented rings of 12 segments each totalling 168 wood pieces. The base is one segment ring with home-made oak plywood inset so that no plywood shows in the profile. A buffed shellac friction polish completes the look.

BTW, if you need a 1.25″ x 8 tpi bolt and nut, search for A193B7, the specification. Mine came from FMW Fasteners.

Good turning.

Extreme Woodturning – Cedar Lampshade

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Cedar Lamp ShadeMy best learning comes from watching someone turn a fantastic project and then making it myself. Soren Berger did a great demo of a lampshade. So I had to try one myself.

My lampshade is Atlas or Titan Cedar which is more dense than the more common western red cedar. It is about 7 1/2 inches in diameter and 8 inches high. I’m leaving it not sanded and without any finish.

With the depth inside the lampshade, this was tough going. I feared that at any moment a catch would destroy my work.

Yet both the lampshade and I survived the experience.

It was challenging.

Good turning.

Woodturning Tool Review: Beall Buffing System

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In this video, I review my experience with the Beall Buffing System to help you avoid my purchasing mistake.

I like the results but feel my initial configuration was a mistake.

Here’s what I would recommend:

  • Hold Fast Long Buffing Adapter – ~$31.50
  • Beall 4″ Bowl Buff 3 Piece Set – ~$36.50
  • Beall 8″ Buffing Wheel Tripoli – ~$16.75
  • Beall 8″ Buffing Wheel White Diamond – ~$16.75
  • Beall 8″ Buffing Wheel Wax – ~$16.75
  • Beall Buffing Compound Tripoli – ~$5.50
  • Beall Buffing Compound White Diamond – ~$5.75
  • Beall Buffing Compound Carnauba Wax = ~$6.75

Here’s what I purchased and what you see in my videos:

  • Beall Three Buff System – ~$94.50 (Inlcudes buffing compounds)
  • Hold Fast Long Buffing Adapter – ~$31.50
  • Beall 4″ Bowl Buff 3 Piece Set – ~$36.50

I purchased from Craft Supplies USA

Please be careful about a mandrel. Some are for a stand alone electric motor. A Morse taper mandrel requires tail stock support which limits motion. This is why I selected the Holdfast Long buffing adapter. It threads to my spindle and is secure without tailstock support.

Please wear a full face shield and dust mask.

Keep wood turning – As Wood Turns

This Bowl Has A Magnetic Personality!

Walnut Pin Bowl

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At my wife’s request, I turned this magnetic pin bowl. It looks simple but figuring out how to embed a magnet and still have enough magnetic force was a brain teaser.

The bowl is walnut finished with friction polish. It uses a segmented approach with four rings of twelve segments each plus two pieces of three ply home made walnut plywood. This amounts to 54 pieces of wood.

The magnet is a generic HF 25 pound 2 inch magnet.

Good turning.

Woodturning To Remount And Finish Golden Chain Bowl

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I rough turned this bowl about two years ago. A friend was cutting down a tree in his yard and offered me some of the wood. He called it a golden chain. I looked up the tree and found several interesting facts including: it is very hard; sometimes used as an ebony substitute; and toxic to all animals. Its flowers are very pretty.

Fortunately for me, roughing a bowl when it’s wet is a lot easier than when it’s dry.

My finished bowl is about 9 inches in diameter and about 2 inches high.

I found it interesting how much luster the raw wood had when sanded.

This bowl is finished with walnut oil.

Good turning.

Woodturning An Eccentric Or Multi-Axis Bud Vase

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This bud vase is spalted birch harvested about a year ago. It is an eccentric turning on four axes: Main and offset by 3/8 inch at 120 degree intervals.

A year ago, I rough turned it round and waxed it. It has been laying around my shop since then.

It is about five inches tall and two inches in diameter, finished with beeswax and mineral oil followed by buffing.

Initially, I envisioned it taller with a neck about three inches longer. But when it neared completion, it did not look right — so I turned off the neck. Much better without.

I turned two coves on two offset axes followed by a large bead on the final offset axis.

It was fun.

Good turning.

Risky Woodturning – Winged Bowl Tealight

Cedar Winged TealightMay also be viewed on YouTube.

After visiting the Portland Saturday Market, I was inspired to turn this winged tealight.

As I turned it, I was struck by the similarities between this winged bowl design and a natural edge turning. After all, except for dealing with the bark, the process is the same and the risks are the same.

In either case, I’m turning a lot of air with only intermittent contact with wood. This makes riding the bevel nearly impossible. The turning sequence is nearly identical to a natural edge except that this wood is already dry. In addition to the basics, I added a base turning and bored a hole for an LED light.

My winged square edge tealight is about 8 inches long, 3.5 inches wide, and 3 inches tall, finished with mineral oil and beeswax followed by buffing.

The LED light is battery operated and does not generate enough heat to be a safety hazard or fire risk.

Good turning.

Multi-Axis Woodturning – All My Scoops

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Cedar ScoopTo complete my video series on wood scoops, I turned this cedar scoop about 7 inches long and 2 inches diameter, finished with beeswax and mineral oil.

The turning axes were:

  1. The original center of the wood for the scoop.
  2. A skewed axis for the handle.
  3. The original axis for the end of the handle.

One safety note: I used hot melt glue to fasten the scoop to a piece of scrap before sawing the scoop. I did not wnat the round scoop turning at the saw.

I love the finished look and feel of these three cedar scoops. I can improve each, I’m sure, but that’s for the future. The cedar feels crisp and light and sounds nice when two are gently hit together.

Good turning.

My Home Made Scoop Chuck For Difficult Mounts

Scoop Chuck

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This scoop is actually my Vicmark vm120 body with wood jaws mounted to the body.

The jaws are made from an 8″ by 8″ by 1/2″ piece of Baltic birch plywood(the good stuff). The standard jaws were used as templates to mark bolt holes. The holes were then counter sunk and stabilized with thin CA glue.

The jaws are attached with bolts a little longer than the standard bolts to allow for the additional thickness of my plywood.

On top of the plywood, I glued 2″ thick cedar since that is what I had available. The wood can be anything stable and readily available. This wood is miter cut similar to a picture frame, drilled for outer bolt access, and glued to the plywood.

The jaws can now be customized to hold the current project.

For my scoop, I drilled out the center a little smaller than my scoop bowl and removed two opposing jaws.

When the time comes that I have removed too much of the jaws for my then current project, I can either make a new set of jaws or tool off the cedar and glue on new wood pieces.

As with any home made tool, please be careful and use your head. Start slow then increase speed to where you are comfortable then dial back a little. As with any home made tool, you are the sole person responsible for its safety and your own safety.

Good turning.

Woodturning Oval Bowl Scoop With New “Scoop” Chuck

Oval Scoop in Cedar

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This scoop is another style I saw Soren Berger turn recently. The difference is the oval bowl that makes the scoop more difficult to hold while hollowing the bowl.

I wanted a better way to hold the wood than a jamb chuck or a scroll chuck. Jamb chucks require wood and custom tooling and are usually used only once. Scroll chuck leave nasty marks on the wood that must be disguised with decorative elements or sanded smooth again.

The brainstorm is a set of wood jaws that bolt on to my scroll chuck body. The chuck body provides clamping pressure. The wood jaws provide quick and easy customization options. They’re added benefit is that if my tool gets too close to the jaws, no harm is done to the project, tools, or me.

I’ll show details for the chuck in the next video.

Good turning.