Journey into Woodturning #56: Nutcracker

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 05-11-2021 02:09 PM 1199 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 55: Cheese Platter Part 56 of Journey into Woodturning series Part 57: No chuck, faceplate, glue block or worm screw... make a plate on a lathe »

This project was a challenge and a joy to turn. I used Cherry and Cedar to make the bowl wide enough. Then it was just a matter of making the post for the brass nutcracker wheel and hollowing the bowl to hold a bunch of nuts.

The main body of the bowl is made of cherry planking. This was long enough but needed more width. So I took a short but thick board of cedar and glued it to either side, after cutting it in half. Now it was as wide as it was long.

I used a worm screw, since I was going to have a “post” for the nutcracker to rest in, a face plate would have left little holes. The hole for the worm screw was too small for the base of the nutcracker and needed a forstner bit to widen it, when the time came.

I think this project turned out great, even if it made me a little nuts. I had a hard time talking and describing this item in the video. Is it a shallow bowl? Is it a deep platter? It’s not a nutcracker, that’s the brass part. I settled on a nutcracker display platter bowl.

From the mixed bag of nuts, I found that pecans are my favorite. Which is your favorite nut?

This week’s video: Nutcracker

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