Laminated bottle stopper (first lamination)

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Project by nerdkraft posted 01-03-2015 09:43 AM 2163 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first try at doing a laminated spindle turning (although second turning – first one was more of some failed experiments.)
Poplar core + oak veneer + walnut + maple + cedar
The cedar didn’t behave particularly well but I do like that finished cedar is a very warm ‘wine-like’ color which is great for a stopper. I also am thinking of doing a second cut on the first glue up to add symmetry to the veneers. I’m wondering if it may make sense to send the lam sausage through the planer, cut, plane using the now face-jointed piece, and glue back together with veneer instead of trying to shimmy the veneer in the glue up. Thoughts?

Most useful things for this project;
Dennis Montville’s excellent videos like this one –
Craftsmanspace plan that I didn’t follow but showed a process –

Next up – varying thickness some more and using higher end woods. (I bought some bloodwood and padouk today :) )

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 02:22 PM

Very cool looking topper. Nice color and shape.

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

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#2 posted 01-04-2015 07:58 AM

Really like that, I was thinking of making my wife a pendant as my next and smallest project, and your lamination has given me some ideas. Thanks for sharing.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#3 posted 01-04-2015 08:34 AM

Dave – pendant idea sounds awesome! Although I dont envy you having to make some very thin stick. Are you thinking round/bead shape of flat?

Edit: realized that two daves liked my project. Thanks Daves!

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#4 posted 01-04-2015 04:24 PM

Turned very nice. Colours and shape are beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 11:16 PM

Don’t know about awesome, But I’ve completed it and I’m reasonably pleased with my first attempt, I did it flat using a piece of Laburnum on top, followed with two pieces of scrap Purple heart glued together, then Maple, and I’m not sure what the backing piece is. I have taken a photo but I put one on my comments recently and it came out huge. So I might have to show it as a project. Although it took less than two days and most of that was waiting for it to dry between coats. Anyway thanks again for the idea of laminating I appreciate your work even more now having had a go at it.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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