Inside out turning

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Project by PetVet posted 03-05-2012 10:03 PM 4173 views 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at an inside out turning. It is made from marble-wood. The third picture shows the first step in this process, with the four blanks temporarily glued together, and the center turned and finished. The fourth picture shows the four pieces after they have been flipped 180 degrees, glued permanently together and the final turning process started. It shows the drilling of a hole to receive a glass vase insert in this photo. Finish is shellac, BLO, and wax.
All comments and critiques are welcome.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 10:15 PM

i never even heard of this

now there are one

and you did it

wow !

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 10:41 PM

Beautiful – The only words to describe it! I’ve seen how to do this, but haven’t tried. Got to do it some day, when my middle section approves of the yearning.

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 10:46 PM

awsome work!

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 11:24 PM

Definitely have to try this. Have never seen anything like this, even at the woodturners club. Wouldn’t it be sweet if the rookie did something new? Thanks for posting.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 12:23 AM

Really Cool, Rich!

Took me a couple of minutes to figure out how it was done.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 05:25 AM

Wow! Very nice… great project, well done, using some beautiful wood.

Would please tell us what the procedure is for “temporarily glued together” and how are they later separated?

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#7 posted 03-06-2012 06:36 AM

One of Sam’s Soccer balls inside would be cool

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 08:42 AM

Inside-out turning. Brilliant. Straight into Favorites.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#9 posted 03-06-2012 02:34 PM

I actually just started the primary glue-up for an inside out turning last night. This will be my first time doing it as well. Seen it done a few times and finally decided to try it. Anything odd you ran into during the process that I should watch out for?

-- "If one man can do it, another man can"

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#10 posted 03-06-2012 03:45 PM

Love your design. these small projects really get the WOWs from the people who see them. I have done a few xmas items and put small bells or a snowman in them.
Yours is one of the nicer one I have seen. Great turning and use of a beautiful piece of wood.


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#11 posted 03-06-2012 08:14 PM

Very neat.


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#12 posted 03-08-2012 12:57 AM

@sawtooth1953 I just used a drop of CA towards the ends of the four pieces, then re-enforced it by wrapping it with packing tape. The blue painters tape is to keep the turned under pull tab I made with the packing tape from flapping around. The CA isn’t too hard to break free, as it doesn’t handle shearing forces well.
@dirtylantz The turning is fairly straight forward. Once you have turned and re-glued the four pieces it is best to use shearing cuts as much as possible.
One other tip, when turning the inside, you can go close to 1.4 times the width of your pieces, since what forms the “wings” is really from the corners of your pieces. ie if you four pieces are 1 inch square, the depth of the first turning can be 1.4 inches. I think the only other advise I would have is make a full size drawing to refer to while turning. This really helped when I was roughing out the pieces during after the second glue up, as you can’t see where you stopped the hollowing out process from the first turning.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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