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Project by TheDane posted 04-05-2015 09:49 PM 805 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These spheres were turned between centers using wooden cups in the head and tail stocks.

They are maple, cherry, and pine and range in size from 1 1/4” to 3” in diameter. I dyed a couple (using KEDA Dyes) ... all were finished with Danish Oil (3 coats) and buffed and waxed using the Beall Buffing System.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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mafe

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#1 posted 04-05-2015 10:29 PM

Fantastic.
What is wooden cups?
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 04-05-2015 10:45 PM

What is wooden cups?

Something like this …

I made the left-hand cup (headstock side) with a wooden Morse taper …

The one on the right (tailstock side) fits on the lathe’s live center.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 04-06-2015 12:04 AM

Ahhh now I get it, thanks.
So you turned the spheres free hand, holding them between the cups, if I get it right.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 04-06-2015 12:57 AM

So you turned the spheres free hand, holding them between the cups, if I get it right.

That is correct. I just rotated the sphere occasionally in the cups. The key is to take very small cuts and only trim off the high spots. I did use a piece of 1” pipe to check for roundness.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 04-06-2015 01:26 AM

That’s impressive!
Sorry to be slow here.
I will have to try that one day.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 04-08-2015 04:03 AM

Very clever!

COOL!

How do you make sure it’s a perfect circles in all directions (a Ball)??

I presume you turned each Ball by itself… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#7 posted 04-08-2015 01:07 PM

How do you make sure it s a perfect circles in all directions (a Ball)??

I presume you turned each Ball by itself… :)

Each was turned separately.

With practice, you can get them round by using something that is a known perfect circle (I used the end of a piece of copper pipe) to check for high spots on the surface. All you do is put the open end of the pipe on the piece and look for gaps then trim off the high spots on each side of the gap.

I doubt they are ‘perfect’ ... but neither is anything else that comes out of my shop!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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