|Project by Brett StClair||posted 02-16-2010 09:18 AM||1819 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
When I first got my lathe I was anxious to turn something. I saw some basic top projects and thought I could do those easy enough. I had also seen some projects that I loved on Woodturners Workshop where he combined different species of wood in a single turning. So I combined the ideas and came up with what you see in the pics.
The first one is 3 species: Rosewood for the core. Oak for the center ring, and Wenge for the outside ring. I created a jig to accurately drill the center hole and 8 radial holes. I wanted to remove material from the center to give the top some better rotational intertia. I realized only afterword that I had basically created a wood replica of an axle/wheel/tire. Oh well. It works pretty well and stays spinning for a quite a long time.
The second one is Rosewood for the core and outer ring and Walnut for the center ring. These were fun to do.
Both of these wobble a bit when spun. This is probably due to not having the proper chucks and tail center. I have now aquired a good 4 jaw chuck and a tail center set. I am going to keep working on these to see if I can improve the balance. I want an eye perfect spin (no visible wobble) when spun on a smooth flat surface. I am even thinking of adding to the aethetics and tip durability by using a brass (or other metallic) tip.
-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein