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AnthonyD

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03-08-2013 08:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question mahogany purpleheart lathe miter saw sander clamp turning modern

Hello fellow jocks,

I am making a vessle for my father for his 60th birthday, he is sick with cancer and this gift is very important to me. I’ve only made a couple segmented turnings so I’m still learning how and in what order to do things. At this point (as you can see in the pictures) The whole thing is done, including the first coat of finish, exsept the bottom. I want to put in a floating bottom, but my problem is, how do i turn the bottom of the piece noow that it is the only side holding on the lathe. I back my self into a corner.

Like I said this gift means a lot to me and I need it to be as perfect as i can get it. Thank you in advance for all the tips.

Anthony

PS – Does anyone have some advise on glueing up stacks of rings and getting the, dead on center? They keep moving and end up off and its driving me crazy!!! lol

thanks again

-- AJ DeSantis


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TheDane

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 11:22 PM

Al … can’t help with the ‘floating bottom’, but there is a trick I have used to glue rings up.

I stack a ring on the one below, and center each with a combination square. I use a Sharpie to put a witness mark on the rings.

Then I use CA/super glue to glue 4 little scraps of wood (I cut 1/4” plywood into little squares) around the ring (being careful not to super glue the rings themselves together). The plywood squares are used to repeat the alignment when I put the glue on.

I then place another ring on top of the stack and repeat. When all rings have been prepped, I unstack and start gluing. I have a single jig that I use to put clamping pressure on the smallest ring.

-- 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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AnthonyD

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#2 posted 03-10-2013 08:16 AM

WOW!!! That is a great idea!!! I cant wait to try it out!! I dont know if your going to see this but if you have one. can you send my a picture of the jig you made? Thanks a millon for the tip.

My regular email is anthonydes82@yahoo.com if you want to send it there.

thanks again

-- AJ DeSantis

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 03-10-2013 12:22 PM

First let express sadness and prayers for your situation.

I am not a turner and can give you no advice other than there are many great turners here that can help you with any dilemma.

What I also would add, although you want it as perfect as possible, I doubt your father would find any flaws in it at all. But simply be honored of the care you put in to a gift for him.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Quanter50

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#4 posted 03-10-2013 12:34 PM

Anthony, like Monte above, I am unable to give you any advice. I just wanted to say that you truly have created a beautiful piece! If my son made that for my birthday I think it would be one of my favorite birthday gifts ever! Good luck finishing your work of art. Scott

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#5 posted 03-10-2013 01:33 PM

AnthonyD—I just finished a project that I will be posting (maybe later today) that used this technique. I shot some pix of the positioning blocks and the jig I used to clamp the glued-up rings. I’ll put a link in this thread when it is ready!

-- 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 03-10-2013 04:15 PM

AnthonyD—Check out the project that shows the use of alignment blocks …
Click for details

-- 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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