|Project by Shawn Herrington||posted 09-04-2014 06:14 AM||787 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I built a stand for an old cast iron 8” table saw that was mostly unused in part because the stand it sat had survived (barely) multiple basement floods. I ended up using cedar 4×4 posts for the legs of the stand because it was the only non pressure-treated 4×4 lumber I could find at the hardware store. I had one piece of scrap from the project that I turned into a round billet one day just for kicks.
Later I would use the billet to test different wires for lathe burning. This turned out to be a bad idea, the aromatic smoke burnt my throat and eyes. After staring at the billet with all the burnt lines on it for a couple of weeks I decided to try out a a hollow project as opposed to all the spindle turning I had been focusing on.
Owing to its remarkable low density, cedar turns (and sands) fairly easily, though it is difficult to avoid ugly tear-out in end-grain cuts. This was one of my first hollow projects and the soft wood proved very forgiving to amateur technique. The goblet was finished with spray lacquer which soaked into the cedar and caused it to take on a pleasing, darker shade.
This project was never intended to actually function as a goblet (e.g. hold water). While I have not tried for fear of having to clean up a mess, I think it would leak like a sieve if filled with liquid.