Holiday Snow Scene

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Project by Steve posted 12-08-2014 02:15 PM 1671 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I created this Holiday Snow Scene project so that I could get some practice on the lathe using different woodturning tools. I’m still figuring out how each tool cuts and which tool should be used when, so this was a good practice exercise. Plus, I got lucky and ended up with a decent holiday decoration.

I turned the tree, snowman, and lamp post at one time from an 11” piece of pine. I designed a Story Stick to use as a guide. Then cut them apart and glued them onto a 7” base shaped like a snow bank. I added some color with spray paint and Sharpies.

There are two things I would do differently next time. First, I would cut my turning blank longer to allow more breathing room on the ends, so that I’m not turning right beside the headstock and tailstock. Also, I would cut small tenons on the bottom of the snowman and lamp post and glue them into holes in the base. This would give me practice turning to a certain diameter, plus it creates a stronger glue joint.

Click here to see my video of this project.

Click here for instructions and the free PDF template.

Thanks for looking at my project. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Steve…

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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Paul Bucalo

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#1 posted 12-08-2014 02:26 PM

Came out great, Steve. Another piece of your workmanship to add to family memories for years to come.

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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#2 posted 12-08-2014 03:23 PM

Nice little turning project..came out nice.

-- Ed

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#3 posted 12-08-2014 04:01 PM

Great project Steve. Next time you see Santa ask him to put my name on his list!

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#4 posted 12-09-2014 03:01 AM

Steve—Thanks for the video and plan! I made mine with SPF (piece of 2×4) and had so much vibration the lamp post snapped on me. Reload and try again! I cut the second blank down into 3 elements, which made turning a lot easier.
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-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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