Inside-Out Christmas Ornament

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Project by ca8920 posted 12-05-2014 12:25 AM 2452 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first Inside-Out Christmas Ornament.

This was a very fun project and I learned a couple of things along the way.

1. Watching on line videos I saw various methods used by various people to hold their Inside-Out projects together. I’m a firm believer in the KISS principal and decided to simply try blue painters tape. It worked like a charm. I cut the pieces of maple and walnut then wrapped each end with the painters tape. After the initial turning, I rotated each piece 180 degrees and glued them together with wood glue, once again stabilizing everything with painters tape as the glue dried. As you can see from the picture, I simply left the painters tape on the the pieces of wood when I chucked the project for the outside turning.

2. Knowing ahead of time that I wanted to put a Christmas bell in the ornaments center I drilled a small hole in the center of the end while the project was on the chuck. I did the turning, sanding and polishing, but I can’t take credit for the decorations in the middle, that’s my wife’s handiwork. Thank You Mrs. A.

3. When I initially turned what would eventually become the inside, I turned the groove to deeply causing an issue when I turned the parts 180 for the outside turning. Note the finished ornament, the sides are semi straight. The ornament was supposed to be round but the depth of the initial turning made it impossible for me to round the outside completely, I would have run out of material. Lesson Learned, start with larger pieces of wood or don’t make the initial groove to deep.

For a first time project, I think it turned out well and my wife is thrilled with it.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada,

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 01:46 AM

I like it. Very nice.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 12-05-2014 02:34 AM

I too like it.. I have to look this one up. I am quite intrigued as to how it is done.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 12-05-2014 05:29 AM

Very Nice and Well Done. Thanks for Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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