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Project by clieb91 posted 02-15-2016 10:39 PM 1226 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last weekend I went to the Woodworking Show in Chantilly VA. I sat in on Bradley McCalister’s “Turning Projects on a Mini Lathe” He choose to do the goblet. There were not many of us and it was good seminar with a lot of interaction. For a small fee I wound up taking the goblet he did home with me as an inspiration piece. Deciding I wanted to try my hand at making one. The first pic shows his goblet out of a nice piece of Ambrosia Maple. I had a piece of Aspen in my shop for a couple of years now and decided it may be just the wood to try it out with.

After putting my chuck together to hold something other than pen blanks I was all set to go. I watched another refresher video, this one by Mike Waldt on Youtube. “Wood Turning - Beginners Guide #1 - A Goblet” A good amount of information coupled with the seminar and I was ready to go. This is the first thing I have turned that was mounted in a chuck and that I completely parted off. I left the stem a bit thick as I was not overly sure of myself but it allowed me to add some of my burning that I like, I like the final outcome and plan to do a little more stretching of projects soon.

Thanks for looking.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 02-16-2016 12:51 AM

Nice work Chris. How do you do the wide burning? I have done lines using wire but nothing wide like you have done here.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#2 posted 02-16-2016 12:54 AM

Very cool. Wish I could do that.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-16-2016 01:17 AM

Nice work.

I am slowly teaching my self some lathe work.

Will be a long time before I am any good though.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 02-16-2016 01:24 AM

Very nice Chris. I’m with Bill. I’ve seen lots of wire burning but never any thing that wide… Spill yer guts. :)

-- Mark

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#5 posted 02-16-2016 02:05 AM

Thank you all.
Monte/Ralbuck, with what I know of your work and have seen, that means a lot to me.

Bill and Mark, the secret is wood. I have a few pieces of scrap wood i keep near the lathe that I use to burn with. Kind of like the concept of being able to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together, it is far easier to do when one of the sticks is spinning at several 100 RPMs.

I have been using the same two sticks for white a while, If i remember correctly one is oak and the other apple. I love to add the look to many of my pens and bottle openers and depending on the amount of pressure, speed and the wood you are trying to burn a number of cool things can be done.

Some examples can be seen in some of my other projects such as these ornaments…

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or my favorite is just running up and down getting light burns like those on some of these pens…

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I love to just experiment to see what I get. Hope you give it a try.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 02-16-2016 03:37 AM

Very nice goblet, and the tip to use wood to burn rings. Nice to see something made from aspen, We have lots of it here and most people won’t even burn it for firewood,Considered worthless but you made something beautiful out of it.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 02-16-2016 03:49 AM

I like it Chris. The burn rings do add a lot to the turnings. Looks darn good for a piece of Aspen.

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

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#9 posted 02-16-2016 05:09 AM

Looks great! Like the burning and shape, well done.

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#10 posted 02-16-2016 05:21 PM

I like yours better. If I tried using the other one, I’d be afraid I’d snap the stem in half !

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#11 posted 02-16-2016 08:06 PM

That’s excellent Chris. Thank you for the great tip.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 02-18-2016 03:52 AM

Excellent work, thanks for the tip on wide burning.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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