After parting the bottom of the vase I needed to clean up the bottom. Here is the finished project. I’ll post a few pictures under the “projects” section.Thanks for looking.
I am one of those people who have trouble standing for very long. Although I love woodturning, standing at the lathe for a long period can become very painful. A back support helps some, but even with the support I can still have problems. Taking ibuprofen can extend how long I can stand, but I dislike routinely taking it as it can be hard on the stomach. I first came upon the idea of using a bench rest in an article by Ernie Conover in the May/June 2014 issue of Woodworkers Journal...
It’s been a few days since I worked on this vase. Today I sanded the inside and then glued the two halves together. When the glue set, I finished turning the outside. Still need to turn (enlarge) the hole on the top. This project was turned almost entirely with my 1/2” bowl gouge. I had some trouble using this tool at first, but with practice I now enjoy how it cuts. The figured maple really looks nice.
I started turning the top half of the vase. After the outside was rough turned, I turned the inside. The wall thickness is almost 1/2” thick. This will leave me enough wood to shape the outside after I glue the two halves together.
I am turning this vase in two parts. I don’t have any hollowing tools and even if I did, it seems like it would be very difficult. The bottom half came out reasonably well. I checked the fit of the top half and it looks like I need to add one more ring. That’s all for now.
All the rings are finished and now it was time to sand them flat. Due to the large number of rings I used the drum sander. Here are all the rings dry stacked in order. There will also be a lid for this vase. I use a glue block and faceplate as I glue up the rings.
The first thing I do before cutting any wood is to find a shape that I find appealing. Then I make a full sized drawing on graph paper. I use this to do all the calculations for the each ring. You can purchase software to do this but I prefer the manual method; plus it doesn’t cost any $. I use the “wedgie” sled by Jerry Bennett. You can find his videos on YouTube which explains how to make the sled and how to cut various types of segments.Certain rings with the trian...
So I was out of Japan for a little over a month on a trip to the Philippines for work. Now that I’m back, I can finally get back to making some sawdust! My first project after I got back was to make a going away plaque for my squadron Chief who is moving to another base. I work in communications and we typically like to give our leadership going away gifts that reflect what we do on a daily basis, so we opted to give him a Gerber cable making multi-tool encased in a shadow box. Fo...
I have done a few segmented projects and decided to do a blog on the latest. This will be a vase made with maple, paduak, and black veneer. This ring is the second from the bottom. This is before the glue up.
So I had picked up a nice piece of maple 4×4x8” and a rosewood block 4×8x8”. They are big enough to get these projects done, so I split the rosewood block into two 4×4x8” pieces on the bandsaw. I have some inexpensive HF turning tools I bought to get started and a few of the easy wood tools with the carbide tips. I had bought the Rikon low speed grinder that was on sale last month, but it as on backorder. It finally came in, so before I got started, I se...
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