|Project by Alin Dobra||posted 11-25-2007 06:00 PM||1834 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
One type of turning that I enjoy making but somehow I do not do a lot is goblets. I found some oak branches across the street from my neighbourhood (about 4” in diameter) and I set out to make goblets. Since oak is tough and can take a lot of punishment while turning, I decided to push the limit a little. The goblet you see in the picture is about 4” in diameter, 8” long. The thickness of the wall for the top is about 1/16” and for the bottom 1/8”. The smallest diameter of the stem is about 3/16”.
The place where oak never disappoints is in the bending you get when it dries (if it is thin enough). I really like how this goblet twisted and formed the natural shape for the top. When you look at the pictures you might have the weird feeling that the goblet is slanted to one side. It turns out that this is not only true, but happens with all goblets since the stem has to be a little off center from the pith (otherwise you get a crack along the stem which is not good). When the wood dries, you get a bulge around the pith (and a little cracking). If the stem is close to the bulge, it gets slanted a little.
Hope you like it,
-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida