Fully off axis stemmed Goblet (first "prototype")

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Project by TannerTurnings posted 10-22-2014 10:38 AM 1145 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my FIRST EVER off axis piece, and the “prototype” of MY method of doing them.

When I had the idea of trying to make a goblet with the WHOLE stem off-set to both the cup AND the foot, I looked on line to see if there was any info on how to make it, and couldn’t find ANYTHING about it….not even a photo!

I’m not suggesting that I’m the very first person to have tried this, but it may be that I’m the first to have had success with it. It’s NOT perfect!!...but doing this prototype has proved that my method works, and my theory was sound. I will be making adjustments to my method (mainly in the order that I make some of the cuts, and what needs to be sanded & finished at what point in the process) that will result in a more refined finished product, and indeed I intend to start on the next one within the next few hours!

Once I have ironed out the small “flaws” in the making of these, I will be making a video showing how I do them, that I’ll post to YouTube, and indeed I will post a link in the comments of this post so that anyone who may wish to try making this project will have a workable method to work from.

If you would find it helpful to have a video on the making of this project, I would ask you to leave a comment below.


-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#1 posted 10-22-2014 12:03 PM

Did you chuck it on center or off axis first? Excellent results, either way!

-- "Don't you hate it when people don't finish what they"

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#2 posted 10-22-2014 12:40 PM

I started with the piece ON center first, then moved it OFF center by half an inch (13mm)

It’s still to be improved upon, as by making this one, I have discovered points I can improve on, and have now worked out what I feel needs to be done to make a better end product, and indeed cut down on the time it takes to make.

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#3 posted 10-22-2014 01:02 PM

Regardless on how long it took to turn this, it was well worth it. A masterpiece of a challenge. Great work Kiieth.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 10-22-2014 01:18 PM

Thanks Dave!! It all started with one of those “I wonder if it can be done” kind of ideas, that came to me on Sunday evening. I pondered on it for a while, working out the basis of how it could possibly be done, then I started on it on Monday, but ran out of time to be able to complete it. As a prototype though, I’m delighted with how it worked out. Still room for improvement, and I have learned a few points where & how to improve on it. I was hoping to start on “Mk 2” today, but as it’s mid afternoon now, and I have to go out this evening, I’m going to leave it until morning I think.

It’s a real fun project, and once I get them “RIGHT” I’ll be making some to sell at craft fairs etc. I think just the novelty value alone could see them sell quite well…..only time will tell. ;-)

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#5 posted 10-22-2014 02:55 PM

That is awesome, I love it.
Great idea and thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 10-22-2014 03:08 PM

Thanks Bob!!

As I say, this one’s the “prototype”, and is a project I intend to develop over the coming weeks.

Keith. :-)

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#7 posted 10-22-2014 03:17 PM

That is really cool, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#8 posted 10-22-2014 09:26 PM

Wow, looks great!

-- Bill

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#9 posted 10-22-2014 09:38 PM

FAR Out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! literally!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice piece!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 10-22-2014 10:50 PM

Great job! I have always believed that symmetry was overrated. Thanks for thinking of something new. I look forward to seeing more of these in the future..

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 10-23-2014 10:45 PM

Wobble while you work, This is Great! I need to try this sometime.
Nice work.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#12 posted 10-23-2014 11:49 PM

Thanks so much for all your positive comments folks, I’m BLOWN AWAY by your responses to this piece!!
The “Mk 2” version though, is going to be unavoidably delayed I’m afraid to say!!
I went in the shop this morning, all ready to go, fired up the lathe…..NOTHING!!!!!!!!! It seems the safety release switch (No Volt Release) has gone pop. :-( Luckily though, I have found a local power tool repair specialist who can fit a replacement switch for about £35 (roughly $55 US), but it will be Tuesday when it will be fixed as he has to wait for the new switch to arrive. So tonight, as normal for a Thursday, I went to a rehearsal with my Brass Band, and took some of my turnings along with me. I sold 2 pieces and hey, I’ve covered the cost of fixing the lathe. WINNER!!! :-)

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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