Rejected, Discarded But Beautiful Burl Bowl
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by Alan Stratton
21h ago
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx1qGGVvU-g This video is best viewed right here on this page. However, if you are experiencing technical difficulties, it is also posted on YouTube and FaceBook. Please return here. This cottonwood was discarded at our club’s monthly Saturday gathering. Why discarded? The piece had a pair of smaller burl bumps. One had an accidental gash from a chain saw; the other had large obvious voids. I picked it up anyway and decided to see if I could get anything from it. It yielded a 6″ diameter, 2″ tall bowl with amazing burl figure. Walnut oil brings out the beautiful colo ..read more
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Turning Finishing Touches To My Easter Diorama
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by Alan Stratton
3w ago
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSDSfpU9DIk This video is best viewed here on this page. If you are having technical difficulties, please try YouTube or FaceBook. This project is the culmination of several projects. It is a diorama with a theme of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. It consists of a tray, a star, a tomb, a wire tree, and a miniature statue of Jesus Christ. This video details the tomb, a segmented project with eight segment rings with segment counts from six to twenty segments. The variance in segments enables aligning joints at each half ring. Then by aligning this joint from ring to ring ..read more
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Turning 8 Point 3 Axis Star – Best Yet
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by Alan Stratton
1M ago
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao3CEwgHfDw This video post is best viewed here on this page. However, in case of technical difficulty, it is also available on YouTube and FaceBook. A few weeks ago, I turned an eight point star inspired by an ornament submitted in last year’s Ornament Challenge. From comments, I learned that I did not turn it exactly as they had but close enough. However, I wanted a star with more pointed rays. So, I am taking the concept a bit further by cutting a deeper cove at each mount. I wanted to see if this would work also. Did it work? Here are the previous videos: Turnin ..read more
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Turning An Inlay Tray Or Platter – Better Yet!
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by Alan Stratton
1M ago
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTklZcKPKx4 This video is best viewed here on this page. But, if you are having problems, it is also post on YouTube and FaceBook. After returning from the Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium, I turned a inlaid platter or tray, using the lathe for drilling. This was a test. At the symposium, the presenter had used a vacuum chuck to hold the project while drilling on the lathe. But, at that time, I had a thought “why use the lathe – can’t the drill press do as well with less hassle?”. In addition, I wanted to have the inlay show as part of a curve in the profile. Thi ..read more
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Turning My Tray (Not A Platter??)
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by Alan Stratton
1M ago
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA9PYjLejVE This video post is best viewed here on this page. If there are technical difficulties, it is also posted on YouTube and FaceBook. I need a smaller tray for an upcoming project (Patience please). Our club had a demonstration for a platter. To me, trays and platters are similar except for a broader base and a flat interior. The wood is bloodwood 9 inches in diameter, finished with wipe on poly. Back to the tray. With only one inch thick wood, there is no room for a screw chuck. Instead, I use a threaded wood faceplate with double stick tape reinforced with ..read more
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Turning Oval Bowl With Basic Tools – Segmented (Or Solid)
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by Alan Stratton
1M ago
httpvh://www.aswoodturns.com/2024/02/oval-segmented-bowl/ This video post is best viewed here on this page. However, in case of gremlin attach, it is also posted on YouTube and FaceBook. Why purchase an expensive oval jig to turn an oval bowl? When, with a little planning, I can turn it. Where is the difficulty? Actually, the final oval-ness is easy – simply(?) cut a bowl in half, then glue the rims of the two half bowls together. To be honest, IMHO, not every bowl is suitable for this minor surgery. I had to ponder the appropriate shape. Finally, the joint does take some sanding. However, a ..read more
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Exploring Negative Space By Turning Rustic Bowl
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by Alan Stratton
2M ago
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPT4z7fiI28 This video post is best viewed here on this page. In case of technical difficulties, it is also available on YouTube and FaceBook. I’ve wanted to explore negative space project. This is one that I thought of recently. It is rustic with voids between slices. UV resin “tack welded” slices together until more resin could be applied. The center slice has a mortise on the bottom side for mounting to the lathe. However, the lathe was used only for measurement and holding. Measurement was the distance between the edge of the slice and a wooden platform mounted i ..read more
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You’re The Bomb – Turning A Valentine’s Surprise
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by Alan Stratton
2M ago
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R8VAu4_jP8 This video is best viewed here on this page. But, if you are having problems, it is also posted on YouTube and FaceBook. This is a bit strange Valentine’s project. But, if you add a note, candy, small gift, wedding ring, or other jewelry, it takes on added significance. Except for the hollowing process, this uses the octagon and cup faceplate method to turn a perfect sphere. The differences are that I also hollow this sphere which, in turn, requires using a chuck. My sphere is about 2.75″ diameter. The cork brings it to almost 4″ tall. It is apple and wal ..read more
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Turning Lidded Box From Green, Wet Wood
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by Alan Stratton
2M ago
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4jO2gS8dak This post is best viewed right here — But if there happens to be technical difficulties, it is also posted on YouTube and FaceBook. I love to turn fresh, green, wet wood. While it is sometimes a shower, the wood is soft and cheap. The problem is that it is wet and will always shrink and warp. The solution – turn it twice with time to dry between. While there are still precautions to avoid cracks, this works. Except that with all that time working on other projects, I forget about the wood that is drying and what I intended for it. Fortunately, I can get b ..read more
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Turning Simple Three Part Goblet – Low Risk – High Reward
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by Alan Stratton
3M ago
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXE7mgl8Y10 This video is best right here but in case of technical difficulties, it is also posted on YouTube and FaceBook. Of the many types of goblets that I have turned, I think a three piece goblet is the simplest and very rewarding. Simple: Only smaller pieces are extending out from the spindle. Therefore, no steady rest is usually required. Efficient: Smaller size pieces of wood can be used. The stem does not require wasting most of a block of wood. Pretty: The bottom of the base is easily turned and finished. My goblet is about 8 inches tall and about 2.5 inc ..read more
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