This project is what I call “THE PROPOSAL EGG” It’s a simple idea that, until last night I had never heard of anyone else ever making. It’s a SPINDLE TURNING project that involves making a hollowed out “EGG”, that becomes a “lidded box” (eventually the base part will have a small round “ring cushion” once my friend has made some or me, as round ring cushions just don’t seem to be available to buy in the UK) that a ring can be hidden inside. Along with a wooden egg cup, this can be served up for breakfast on the morning you decide to “pop the question” to your prospective “other half”.
The project requires the minimal amount of wood, and can be made from 2 pieces of wood about 2” square by about 3” long…so “off cuts” really. I find that a tighter and straight-ish grain wood is better for the egg, so it’s easier to get a decent grain match.
Start by turning the piece you have chosen for the egg down to round, with a tenon on each end. Next, part this into 2 pieces, but NOT of equal size, and don’t forget, you’re going to need to leave enough to be able to make a final parting cut!
Now to put a piece in the chuck. I usually start by turning the top section 1st, and start by drilling a 1” hole, about 5/8” deep into this piece, then make a shallow mortise in this piece, and back hollow until you have a reasonable inside shape. NOW FINISH THE INSIDE!! (sans, seal, & polish) This will be your last chance really. Now mark your chuck position before removing. Now do similar with the bottom section, but only drill about 3/8” deep, and make a tenon to fit snugly into the mortise. Again, finishing the inside.
I now take the 2 pieces, making a mark on the outside first (to indicate how deep the hollowing is) and turn the outside as one complete spindle turning! I find that by doing it this way, WITH THE GRAIN LINED UP, I get a less visible join! I also use a mini live center to give me better access to turn the very top of the egg. I also tape the 2 parts together to eventually finish off the top section, AFTER I HAVE SANDED & FINISHED the majority. Now simply part off the bottom section, sand the very base, and apply a finish. Make a suitable sized egg cup….job done!
-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!