|Project by rustfever||posted 09-19-2013 10:27 PM||3441 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
Wood Stem Wine Glasses
I recently began making wood stem wine glasses. The first few were filled with errors, but after a few boo-boos, I figured out the procedures.
I start with a piece of wood, about 3.25×3.25×9” With this I can make a stem with a foot of about 3” d by about 6” t. I begin by taking off the stem of a wine glass and checking the diameter for the hole as will be necessary in the wood. I then drill the hole.
When turning, I chuck the wood in a One-Way chuck and the tail-stock. I turn the wood down to a perfect 3.1” D blank before starting the indentation to receive the glass and the stem. Every measurement is done with calipers be sure of accuracy.
I put into use, a Steady-Rest and remove the tail stock. I gently turn the wine glass recess, stopping frequently to check the fit. When I am satisfied, I begin the exterior shape of the wine glass ‘holder’ and begin the taper of the stem.
It is at this time I start the sanding of the upper portion. When completed, I then turn most of the base, except the area in which the steady rest is riding. After removing the steady rest, I go in very, very carefully and complete turning using lathe tools. I then begin the ‘parting’ step, but I leave about 1”d to be parted later.
Now it is back to the sanding medium. I tend to go from about 120 all the way to 2000 grit, then polish with a brown paper bag at high speed. At this point I can add my finish if using CA or Beall Wax three step. Or I can apply other finishes after parting.
When fitting the wine glass bowl to the wooden stem, I use 2 part epoxy. I begin by completely coating the inside of the wood bowl and then filling as necessary the drilled hole with epoxy. After wiping the wine glass down with alcohol, I set it in position, twisting slightly to be sure the epoxy is completely encasing the glass.
And Viola! Wooden stem wine glasses!
I also like to make presentation/storage boxes from the same wood. Those I tend to finish with Watco Danish Neutral and several coats of spray lacquer.
The glasses and boxes are the following wood. Carob, Western Maple, and Red Gum Eucalyptus. I tend to gravitate to woods will unique graining and striking colors.
-- Rustfever, Central California