|Project by CSmithWoodturnings||posted 09-30-2014 03:31 AM||1054 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
This past March, my roommates and I decided to make the journey from South Carolina to West Virginia to go snowboarding at Snowshoe Ski Resort. During the time we would be up there, my friend turned 21. I had some extra small cedar logs that I had already seasoned a few months before. I don’t have a chuck, just a faceplate, but its very risky to use a faceplate to screw into the end grain. Its completely safe to screw against the grain, but for some reason screws typically want to slip out of the end grain. in this case, I rounded off my piece in between centers. Then I screwed a scrap piece of wood on my face plate and made a recess to fit my rounded off piece. Using dial calipers you can get it right on the money, but as long as the recess is tight or just a little bigger than your work you will be fine. I learned from one of my mentors on YouTube, Carl Jacobson, that you can use hot glue to mount your work to your scrap wood on your faceplate, and this will also allow you to not waste any wood. I used a skew chisel for the small rings, and used some old picture hanging wire to burn them to make the black rings. After sanding to 1200 grit, I finished with excessive coats of mineral oil and beeswax.
Im not quite sure if the moisture content in this goblet was where it should have been when I gave this gift to him, but for some reason cedar does a great job of not cracking for me. My roommate still has this goblet in his room. I check up on it from time to time and still no cracks. Im not sure if the coating of beeswax has kept this piece from oxidizing, but its still as red as it is in this picture, even a year later.