Started turning the vase (or bowl) today. This was an experiment using complementary segments in the rings. The effect did not turn out very dramatic. I like the rich color of the paduak.
I tried a new design element on the wedgie sled. I made “complementary” angles out of maple. This gives an unique look with the maple pieces having wide and narrow ends alternating as shown. I only did this for the first 3 rings. The remainder just have 1/4” thick maple pieces. I added black veneer for added contrast.
View on YouTube We moved around a lot when I was a kid. Born in Chicago, and lived in Missouri, Reno, Denver, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis. Within those locations we sometimes moved between multiple addresses. I always say that I grew up in Reno, Nevada because that is where I spent the majority of my life before I turned 18 years old. We left Reno when I was 17 and I visited there again just this past January. I only tell you this to because it was during this trip to Reno when I met Z...
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...
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