|Forum topic by richgreer||posted 04-18-2011 08:57 PM||1110 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
04-18-2011 08:57 PM
I need to make a wooden ring. The outside diameter will be 9” and the inside will be 7.5” and it should set 3.5” high.
I want to do some shaping on the outside with my lathe and I will make the inside smooth with the lathe.
I want to use an 8/4 board of white oak for the material and I want the grain to run vertical (i.e. across the ring).
I cut out a template of the ring in hardboard. I have cut the white oak board into blocks and I am gluing the blocks together such that they will contain the ring.
Now the question/challenge. How do I get this on my lathe?
My first thought is to screw a sheet of 3/4” plywood to the bottom and then bolt a face plate to the plywood. However, I’m a little leery of that. Is plywood strong enough to hold? I think I will secure the faceplate to the plywood with bolts and nuts and washers because I’m sure wood screws into the plywood wood not hold.
As an FYI – I will take the corners off (both inside and outside) as much as possible with the bandsaw prior to mounting it on the lathe. I’ll do the inside prior to the final gluing. I still expect it to be somewhat out of balance when I start and it will be heavy. It will probably be rough going until I get it in balance.
If curious, this ring will hold the silver bowl for a baptismal font.
All suggestions and comments welcome.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.