The Goblet of Patience

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Project by resonation posted 01-04-2011 02:29 AM 1113 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Goblet that I turned as a Christmas gift. After waiting half a year to turn this I finally began over Christmas vacation. I didn’t want to make the turning too thin for fear of it breaking in half. Well I guess I misjudged because that’s exactly what it did….4 times. It broke in half once on the lathe, twice under the drill press, and when that wasn’t bad enough, it broke in half while I was putting the finish on it the night before it was supposed to be given as a gift. The problem was finally solved by drilling a hole through both pieces and gluing a dowel in to hold it together. I learned a valuable lesson about how and where you place the grain of the wood when turning from this project.

-- Chris, Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 02:42 AM

Well, despite your troubles, you produced a nice looking goblet.

I assume this is walnut and oak. Can you confirm that?

Is a Ringmaster project?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 02:44 AM

The best kinds of projects are the ones you learn from. This show it!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 04:18 AM

what kind of glue did you use? what was your gluing process? how well did the mating surfaces..well…mate?
but looks good! i’ve broke many goblets, so no worries

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 04:38 AM

It looks great. I’ve had more than one split but that was because I was turning green fruit wood. I’ve never tried a segmented one before. I’ve broken a few goblets also but mostly after I drank all the wine out of them. : )

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 05:22 AM

Thanks! It is Oak and Walnut. I used gorilla glue first, then epoxy, then wood glue

-- Chris, Pennsylvania

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 05:48 AM

Great work

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 03:25 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 08-29-2011 02:09 AM

I realize this is an old post but, just want to say you did a beautiful job despite the problems.

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#9 posted 09-10-2011 02:34 AM

Thanks Bob!

-- Chris, Pennsylvania

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