Turning project - Mother's day gifts #1: Design and guide patterns

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Blog entry by Mike_D_S posted 05-02-2016 02:14 AM 944 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been very much enjoying the lathe I got and seem to find any reason to make a piece of wood into a smaller round piece of wood. I was looking through lots of people’s projects, bowls, segmented bowls, vases, etc trying to find the next challenge for my lathe education.

Then I remembered that Mother’s Day was coming up, so I decided to make some more decorative vases one each for the LOML, my mom and my mother in law.

LOML wanted another piece like the one I just finished that was done in Trifern’s style with the dye job looking like a flame. The original is on our mantle and she wants another one done in the same style to put on the other side of the mantle. So her’s will be maple again and I’ve modified the shape just a bit to give more surface area to try and really get the color to show.

For my mom and my mother in law, I’m doing rosewood decorative vases. These won’t be dyed, just finished to highlight the grain of the rosewood and it’s wonderful color. For these pieces I want to try some slightly more advanced detail work than I’ve done before.

So I started by breaking out the graph paper and sketching out some designs. Once I had the three I liked best, I glued then down onto 1/4” MDF and cut them out on the bandsaw, then finished them off on the spindle sander and with a little hand filing. I find having the patterns helpful, though I don’t necessarily worry that much about staying totally true to them.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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