|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 03-15-2016 01:36 AM||1015 views||0 times favorited||30 comments|
I started with two cubes.
Size, about 2-3/4” sq. Mounted between centers. The spur center is poked into a hole that I carefully centered and drilled on a carefully fichiseled triangle on the corner. The opposite corner is jammed into the live center, with its nipple removed.
For those of you who haven’t tried this, this photo shows what it looks like while spinning. You can see that there are two rows of corners going by. The thing is to turn the outside shape up to one of those rows. If you want a deep piece, you turn away one row completely, then carefully, so as not to break them, go right to the upper corners – the right row, in this case. I turned a tenon on the head stock end. My cube, as it turns out, wasn’t big enough to get a tenon that would fit my 2” jaws. I had to use the pin jaws, on a 1” tenon. Yes, you saw two cubes. The second one had its tenon break off. This one, that I finished, didn’t break. If, on the other hand, you want a shallower bowl, you’ll turn up to the first row, finish up the bottom-outside, having created a tenon or recess on the bottom, flip it over, mount it in the chuck, then, turn away the upper corners, going from the top down. I have actually, in the past, turned tenons on both ends, in case I didn’t yet know the top from the bottom. In this piece, I knew going in. So, I put the tenon on the spur center side.
It only pretends to have a lid. I didn’t hollow this out, due to its diminutive size. I think any time in the future that I decide to make such a thing, I’ll start with a five- or six-inch cube, so I can mount it to the 2” jaws. Also, I think it might behoove me to make the cube from the center of a log, instead of from one side of a half-log.
It’s finished with straight Shellac, brushed on and rubbed out.