|Project by SPalm||posted 07-13-2013 07:53 PM||2137 views||8 times favorited||25 comments|
Meet Fred and Ginger. They have joined my breakfast table birds that I turned a few weeks ago. These guys are helping me learn how to turn. They are an experiment in off-center turning and presented a few challenges to me.
The first 4 photos are of them in various poses. That is Fred showing off his tail feathers. I used a V-bit in my router table to make a groove and then glued in a stick of walnut for his tail.
Photo 5 shows how I did it. I started with a build-up of two pieces of cherry for the body and two pieces of thin walnut for the wings. The bottom of the cherry has a tenon used to hold the piece in a chuck during the turning of the neck. First the neck was turned between centers. Then the head was freed and I completed the rounding of the top portion. Next I cut off the tenon and re-chucked the body on the big axis and turned it.
Photo 6 is of my first attempt at a Dodo. He is pretty much a disaster as far as design goes. His name is Zork, and he wanted his picture taken also.
They are finished in Danish oil and wax.
Thanks for looking,
P.S. I really wanted to scoop out the flat portion of the body, but I found it nearly impossible to do without a lot of tear-out (and it was kind of scary). I guess endgrain does not like this? Any turners have any helpful hints? This would be done while the neck was the axis and would yield a tail that would rise up at the back.
-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon