Aromatic Cedar Goblet

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Project by KnotCurser posted 09-08-2014 12:46 PM 2172 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of months ago, I was given a PSI Mini Lathe by a co-worker of mine.

While I’ve been working with wood my entire life, woodturning is a totally new experience for me! I started with the basics – learning each tool in an inexpensive set I purchased.

I cranked out a bunch of tops and a few spindle projects, but nothing I was really proud of – until this.

A neighbor down the street was clearing out a few cedar trees and I was lucky to nab a couple before the chipper got it’s ugly jaws on them.

When I saw the HUGE contrast of colors between the sapwood and the core I knew I wanted to turn this goblet since the stem was assured to be blood red.

It stands about seven inches high and has a 2 1/4 inch diameter.

Finish is a mix of shellac and tung oil, friction polished and then a coat of paste wax on the outside.

This won’t be used to drink from, but does look quite nice on a shelf! :-)

Comment away, but please allow me some slack as it IS my first real turning project!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 01:07 PM

Nice goblet.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 09-08-2014 01:49 PM

This is a great looking goblet and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 09-08-2014 01:54 PM

very nice Bob. I’m a bit of a noob myself with regards to turning. Did you turn that wet? If so any
problems with warping?....Doesn’t look like it. :)

-- Mark

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 04:13 PM

I’ve been turning for a long time Bob and I think you did a great job on this. Spectacular wood too. A turning to be proud of.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 09-08-2014 05:33 PM

I’m betting Indiana Jones would pick this goblet.

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#6 posted 09-08-2014 06:34 PM

Bob that is really lovely. You did a great job on that. I don’t do lathe work, but I sure like the end results. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 09-08-2014 06:50 PM

Thank you all for the kind words!

Mark, Since the tree was cut down about 30 mins from turning I would certainly say it was wet! ;-)

It sliced like butter – I turned the inside of the bowl and rough shaped the outside of the bowl that night and gave it a couple of days in between. Not by choice, but I had to go out of state.

Once I started on it again the top did warp, but not that much.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#8 posted 09-08-2014 11:01 PM

Looks awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 09-08-2014 11:26 PM

Very nice !!! Is the “cleavage” in the base something that you did, or something that occurred naturally?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#10 posted 09-09-2014 12:58 AM

Nice looking goblet ! love to turn red cedar , each tree is a little different in color.

-- Arnold - Lewisville, NC

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#11 posted 09-09-2014 03:09 AM

Beautiful piece of work!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#12 posted 09-09-2014 03:53 AM

A beautiful piece of wood beautifully turned!

-- Anna

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#13 posted 09-09-2014 04:33 AM

Very nice turning love the colors, great work.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 09-10-2014 01:43 AM

Great job Bob, if this is the start of your turning journey then you’re away with a flyer with this one, you should always keep your first piece to use as a measure of your progress over the years.
Well done

Bet the shop smelt nice after this one :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 09-18-2014 02:22 AM

Congrats on the new hobby :). The goblet looks great! Love the look of Cedar and the smell.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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