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Forum topic by AnthonyD posted 03-08-2013 11:50 PM 755 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2013 11:50 PM

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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.


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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#1 posted 03-09-2013 08:20 PM

That’s a beautiful vessel !

Re preventing disks from slipping off-center when gluing together: drive 2 or 3 half inch brads halfway into disk A, cut the head off at an angle, align the disks and press together. Seperate, lay down a couple ribbons of glue, align, press together and clamp.

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#2 posted 03-09-2013 08:27 PM

What is a floating bottom?

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 09:14 PM

You can prevent slippage by placing some small pieces of wood around the ring using a glue gun fasten them in place. First place the ring to be glued onto your last glued ring and center it. Then glue the bits on. When finished you can remove the still unglued ring to apply your glue before clamping. The wood bits can be easily knocked off after the glue sets.

You need to chuck it up on the other end. There is no easy solution to that. A jam chuck with some soft toweling would work if you can secure with your tail stock center. You could then work around the the tailstock to turn most of the area and then finish it off after demounting with a sharp chisel.

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#4 posted 03-10-2013 08:28 AM

Thank you guys for all your tips and comments. Russell, to anser your question. A floating bottem is when you turn an opening into a thin ring to be used as the base of the piece. Then you make a lip 1/4’’ from the bottem and 1/4’’ wide. then you turn a disk to fit in the cavity about 1/16’’ smaller all the way around. Then you only put two small dabs of glue to hold it in. Then rings on top will keep it in place as well. Where I screwed up is you are suppost to do this first befor you start stacking rings on, but, you live and you learn.

You do this to alow for the wood movment with a much less chance of cracks. I learned this is a book call “The art of segmented wood turning” I havent dont it yet but I will do it right on my next piece and I’ll make sure I post is up here for everyone to see. Keep a look out!!

-- AJ DeSantis

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