|Project by scrappy||posted 08-16-2009 08:08 AM||6259 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
Got this idea from looking at the blog for making a Celtic Rolling Pin
4 tall x 4 diam. Walnut and Birch. 1 coat of tung oil/varnish after sanding to 400 grit and burnishing with sawdust.
Decided to see if it could be done on a bigger circle and with area left to turn. The design seems to have worked very well. But the execution did not. I really need a better table saw.
What I did was started with a 4×4 x 4 cube of walnut. Cut the corners to a octagon. Then one side at a time, cut a slot and added the birch. This gave the block the overlapping slices just like in the rolling pin. Turned the area with the insert to a curve, and the knot appeared. Just turned the rest into what the wood wanted, A small vase.
Had a LOT of trouble with getting the slots to be the same size, top to bottom and end to end. Like I said I need a new table saw. My little 8 inch craftsman is just not good enough for something like this. Will only cut to 1 3/4 deep and if I try to use a sled it is even shallower. Also the rip fence gives and moves if you put too much pressure against it when holding your piece.
Also did not get enough glue in the slot during glue up. A couple of the outer pieces came flying off when was turning. Need to improve that skill too. Have never done mortice and tendons so was a first trying to add a piece of wood into a slot.
I really hope that you like the design and give it a try. Wouold like to see how this comes out when done properly.
Thank You for looking.
Please post all comments and critiques. Please. Woould like to here if there is an easier way to try something like this.
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