Making Ornaments #4: Finally Finials!

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Blog entry by woodshopmike posted 03-21-2014 03:26 PM 794 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Finishing Up the Globe Part 4 of Making Ornaments series Part 5: Assembly »

First off. Wow, sorry it took so long to get this next step on the blog. Cold weather and life have kept me away from the shop more than usual since my last post. Meanwhile my faithful reader(s?) has been waiting for a conclusion to this project. Fear not. The conclusion follows.

Interestingly enough, the last issue of the AAW magazine hosted an article specifically to turning finials. There are also several YouTube videos that have great detail about turning finials also. Hopefully I’ll add videos to my posts some day, but ‘till then you’ll just have to read along.

I am using Ebony for the finials in this project. I think the Bradford Pear globe and the Ebony finials will make a great combination. I’ve worked with Ebony a fair amount in guitar building, but have never turned it. I was happily surprised with how well it behaves on the lathe.

Instead of using a piece of 1.5” square material to make the finials, I segmented the construction. Since Ebony is expensive, I opted to conserve as much material as possible. The two flat squares (1.5”x1.5”x.5”) pictured below will be the “collars” and the rectangular piece (1”x1”x4”) will be the finial.

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