Hollow Ornaments

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Project by TheDane posted 12-14-2012 10:44 PM 1954 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my first attempts at doing hollow form turning.

Each one is hollowed out to reduce weight, and four of them have tiny bell in the center you can see through the holes drilled in the globe.

I wish I would have used better quality stock … 8 of them are turned from SPF from the big box, and most of the finials and icicles are turned from poplar. I was just reluctant to use expensive, exotic wood for fear I would just destroy them. As it turned out, I only had one blowout … 12 out of 13 ain’t bad.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 10:45 PM

beautiful work!! Thanks for posting

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#2 posted 12-14-2012 10:52 PM

Very GOOD!

12 out of 13 isn’t bad at all…


You make the finial ends separately & stick them?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 12-14-2012 11:20 PM

Joe … Yes, the finials and icicles are separate parts, glued in my thick CA.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 12-14-2012 11:41 PM

Gerry they look great. Any resources (videos, books) in particular help you out or did you just dive in and give it a shot?

-- Terry, Hamlin, NY,

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#5 posted 12-15-2012 02:41 AM

Nope … nothing special … just good old dumb luck!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 12-15-2012 03:13 AM

Very nice looking. I think your dumb luck has a lot of skill involved.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-15-2012 07:33 AM

Dumb luck, ha ha…..

I have stumbled across dumb luck a few times in my projects and it surprises me as much as sometimes thinking I know what I’m doing.

I think your ready to step up to the exotics…..........................

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 12-15-2012 02:42 PM

I’m impressed! I’ve been intrigued with hollow wooden ornaments for some time, and have just never been highly motivated to do it. But your post is changing that. Thank you!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL Now there's a face that would stop a clock! And seriously mess with small watches.

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#9 posted 12-15-2012 03:11 PM

They are Awesome!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 12-15-2012 10:09 PM

hi very very nice great work

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#11 posted 12-15-2012 11:19 PM

Just left my shop after doing the inside hollowing of a few of these turnings. It is also my first attempt. I can only hope my results are somewhat close to yours. Congrads. Great work, next time try something difficault. Carl

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#12 posted 12-15-2012 11:58 PM

Great job, Hope to see more

-- polecat, south alabama

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 03:45 AM

Nice job. I also like your stands. Did you make those as well?

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#14 posted 12-17-2012 04:15 PM

Nope … the stands came from Bronner’s, the Christmas store in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

BTW, if you ever have the chance to visit Frankenmuth (it is north of Flint and southeast of Saginaw) you owe it to yourself to take a tour of Bronner’s … it is huge … the building is something like 5 football fields. And while you are in Frankenmuth, treat yourself to one of the world’s finest chicken dinners at Zehnders.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#15 posted 01-23-2014 07:06 PM

I love those finials, that’s how I first found this wonderful site. I’ve been working with doing ornaments and trying to find a faster way than careful chiseling to personalize them with names. I’ve been doing some kind of handy-type project for years as gifts for close friends and family, and then about 5 years ago I got into wood working. The ones I made are too heavy for the thin metal stand, and I found “heavy” ornament stands at Russell Rhodes. They make them for smaller ornaments as well, but the really tall ones are good for 12” or so ornaments or finial styles. I think they must weigh about 4 pounds in the base. Not sure what it’s weighted with, but they’re reliable, even with kids around.

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