Combining lathe and scroll saw work together, DOH!! proofread first, then measure twice, then cut!

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Project by jfk4032 posted 08-07-2013 09:03 PM 3023 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter had asked me to make a wedding gift for her boss and I said sure. I wanted to make something that would be personalized and have meaning to the couple so I made a personalized bottle stopper with a celtic ring pattern. I was told from someone at my woodturning club that celtic rings have significance with wedding rings and vows so I was ready to get it started with that worked into the design.

I needed to compress the names and dates into a small area so the top of the stopper wouldn’t get too goofy big, so I made the black walnut medallion 1.5” diameter. I created the pattern in Illustrator and printed it out. I turned a medallion disk exactly 1.5” on the lathe and then glued the pattern to it and cut it out on the scroll saw.

While that was going on I glued up the slats of the celtic rings by cutting a series of 18 degree slices on my bandsaw on each of the 4 sides of the blank and matched the slats to the thickness of the kerf; 3/64”. I used Bradford Pear for the light colored wood and black walnut for the dark.

After turning a simple pleasing shape for stopper I fit and glued the scrollsaw cut medallion perfectly into the stopper top sanded and finished it with walnut oil and friction polish. I packaged it up, printed out the Fedex label and was ready to send this up to my daughter. I texted her a couple of pictures of it and called her for her approval before I was going to Fedex. She loved it and couldn’t wait to present it to her boss Julie…I said you’re joking, right, I thought her e-mails said Julia was her name. Unfortunately I was wrong…see last picture for wrong top.

Talk about a senior moment, I nearly hit the floor when she said she wasn’t joking. What makes this more embarrassing is that I sell and have sold printing for decades and deal with client mistakes all of the time and always stress the importance of proofreading before releasing files to me!

My wife also pointed out to me that the bride’s name is always listed first in wedding related items, so while fixing the spelling of the bride’s name I switched the positioning to be more etiquette-correct.

Fortunately, I was able to carefully gouge out the incorrect medallion and I recut a new one and fit/glue that in very tight once again. I learned my lesson on this one and will always double check any personalized content I incorporate into my future pieces.

Hope you like the finished (corrected) piece and my story of DOH!! proofread first, then measure twice and then cut!!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 08-07-2013 10:37 PM

Hah! I can beat that, a little bit, not much….

I was tasked with hanging new shelf brackets a few days ago, (Yes Dear, I fixed it).
12 of those metal brackets you by at the Wally World and a shelf board from Big Orange Box.
Somehow I did not make even one single measurement the same. There was at least a 1/2” difference the lot and each bracket had a 1/4” difference either high or low. I also missed the studs 3 times.

It would not have been so bad but the closets were lined with cedar boards and missing the studs left holes and I was informed they are not acceptable.
I ended up milling new cedar because there was no more that I had milled and cut. Yes, I forgot to take measurements of the profile so I could make more if needed. Doh!
a couple hour job turned into almost a week long ordeal with 5 people overseeing each mistake I made!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 08-07-2013 10:46 PM

This is awesome, just getting into turning myself, would you by chance happen to have any intermediate pictures, of this when it was block form and you were doing the Celtic rings? im trying to wrap my head around how you got that effect.

-- Today is the tomorrow they promised us yesterday.

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 11:26 PM

And you a printer! Have a friend that taught printing in a high school for decades. He was great at proof reading.

Nice fix. Would have never know if you had not fessed up.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#4 posted 08-08-2013 12:34 AM

Great story. I think most of us can relate, I know I can. What matters is that you recovered nicely and made a bottle stopper the couple will cherish.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 08-08-2013 01:12 AM


I’m new to turning as well. I didn’t take any pictures showing how the celtic ring was made, but this link to a video I saw and learned from will show you how it’s done:

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#6 posted 08-08-2013 05:39 AM

Nice bottle stopper, I really like the scrolling i never seen that before. Well done

-- Vince

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#7 posted 08-08-2013 08:54 AM

An interesting and beautifully done stopper. I like the way you combined the lathe and scroll saw work. I have been thinking of different ways to do that for some time now, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Very well done and a great wedding gift too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 08-08-2013 03:45 PM

nice work

-- God is good..All the time

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#9 posted 08-08-2013 04:07 PM

Nicely done, I will have to do that now.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 02:21 AM

Nice Recovery. Really a cool idea.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 08-25-2013 09:50 PM

Top notch work.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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