Eucalyptus wine glass

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Project by Gary Fixler posted 08-01-2009 02:25 PM 4974 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess this is my first finished turning that came out okay. It’s a chunk of Eucalyptus, from the same euc I previously turned into a pen holder cup here (at the bottom). That seemed like a finished piece, too, but it was more an experiment I kept going with until it suddenly seemed like a finished piece, whatever that means.

I turned this between centers to cylindrical, then in the chuck with first some tailstock support while I made the cup down to the stem, stem not included, then removed the tailstock to do the interior of the cup, then went back and did the stem and base. Finish is 3 coats of Minwax water-based wipe-on-poly (that stuff is waaay more runny than I thought, poured it right past the rag and all over my hand), followed by Hut PPP satin, then gloss polishing wax compound.

This one has been an inspiration to keep honing my skills. It’s a decent finished piece, but I can objectively see that it doesn’t really have that sharpness of a professional turning, and I’m not entirely sure why yet. I think this is where it gets into details, and tightening up the lines and curves – always a difficult thing for me. I’m very technical, and tend to see things in right angles :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 08-01-2009 02:43 PM

The shape and the beauty of a turning can be a challange to a turner. I have come up with the perfect method to become a better turner “PRACTICE”. Just keep turning, the more I turn the more I find my creativity expanding and my shills increasing. Richard Raffan has some good books on turning and he includes a lot of shapes to give you ideas.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#2 posted 08-01-2009 04:08 PM

Very nice Gary! Love the shape and finish. The coloring on this euc is outstanding. Can’t wait to get to my wood.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 08-01-2009 04:09 PM

Gary, this “turned” out to be a really nice piece. I assume that there will be more to complete the set?

Nice job. I have got to get a lathe in my shop so I can begin having fun like you are.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 08-01-2009 04:20 PM

I would drink out of it…and I don’t drink! Nice work.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#5 posted 08-01-2009 05:45 PM

The grain and coloring of this wood is almost identical to the Elm I cut around here. Great cup! I like how it shines but isn’t so shiny as to be a mirror.

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#6 posted 08-01-2009 07:10 PM

Beautiful!! Very cool…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 08-01-2009 08:20 PM

nice turning gary

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#8 posted 08-02-2009 02:25 PM

Real nice! I’ll take six please! lol A challenge conquered!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#9 posted 08-02-2009 07:53 PM

That’s a nice looking turning, I love the swirl in the base.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#10 posted 09-20-2013 06:58 PM

This is righteous! reminds me of my 1st Eucalyptus turning (didnt turn out so well)

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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