|Project by scottb||posted 01-31-2010 06:17 AM||2046 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I inherited my grandfathers collection of old Wood magazines and read about making one of these glasses – years before you could buy the footless wine glass parts from Rockler or elsewhere. The article dated back much further. I thought it’d be something I’d like to make someday. Sure, by the time I finally got around to making this, I could have bought glass specially made for this project, but why when a perfectly good wineglass was available to me for free – just as soon as I broke the foot off.
Oh how we turners like to take perfectly good things apart and replace parts with nice wooden ones. pens, screwdrivers, doorknobs and now, stemware!
This would be (and was) perfect gift from my M.I.L. as she always offers up a glass of wine to enjoy over a game of Scrabble. (Scrabble is practically a religion in my wifes family.)
Last year, I kept up the momentum of my 30 projects in 30 days challenge and turned the base of this wineglass. The holidays got the better of my time (plus the lathe needed a well deserved rest) – oh yeah, and we had a horrible power outage, that kinda got me out of the shop until January…. SO this sat on the shelf, survived a move across town and then got a quick finish and glue up in time for this Christmas. – Due to the move it was the ONLY homemade item out of my shop this year.
About the wooden stem. The glue up is made of Mahogany and Maple. The mahogany is left over from their deck, the maple is offcuts from my pub table (a project ‘commissioned’ by my wife, and also my first project posted on LJ’s). It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the mahogany is continuous grain from the top to the bottom. The difference in edge and end grain at the bottom plays tricks with the flash, the color is the same. The stem is glued in with bondaflex so the wood movement won’t crack the glass. The wood finish is Howards Feed N Wax. Orange oil and beeswax blend. (my Father-in-laws wood finish of choice!)
As to the Yin & Yang of this contest entry,
I like the interplay of the woods, the grain, and the alliteration of the names. Oh, and did I mention the deck was built by MY father? So here we have a Yin & Yang, not only of wood colors and grain, but also of in-laws and ‘out-laws’ from two generations on both sides of the family, tied up in one project.