Square Turned Walnut Dish

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Project by RichCMD posted 02-16-2017 04:55 AM 1452 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started last November as a project in a woodturning class at Annapolis Woodworks. I was not able to finish before the class ended. The grain in the wood looked pretty special, so I decided to hang onto it and finish it. Recently, I finally got around to working on it. It would not fit on my lathe at home, so I finished it up with an orbital sander and a lot of elbow grease.

Originally, I planned to have it sit flat on its base like a plate, but I decided I liked the way it looked sitting on the tenon that was still attached to the bottom. Rather than cutting off the tenon, I used it to connect a base that I turned out of a scrap piece of mahogany. Now it creates the illusion that it is hovering in the air.

I am glad I decided to finish it because I like the way it looks.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#1 posted 02-16-2017 05:25 AM

Wow! I turned out really nice. I agree, the tenon makes it appear to be floating, and the grain really pops.

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#2 posted 02-16-2017 05:28 AM

Nice piece, but I want to see your square lathe!

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#3 posted 02-16-2017 03:15 PM

This is really special. I have some nice walnut i found that would have been great for a square plate like this. Unfortunately i already chopped it up into round blanks. I want to try a square turning now. They are very elegant. You have inspired me!

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#4 posted 02-16-2017 03:25 PM

I do like it a lot also, how did you cut the legs? Did you make a jig and use a router?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#5 posted 02-16-2017 03:31 PM

Very elegant looking dish. The square winged style sets it off.

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

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#6 posted 02-16-2017 03:44 PM

very nice

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#7 posted 02-16-2017 05:55 PM

This dish is a beautiful piece and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 02-17-2017 04:20 AM

The base was turned on the lathe. I cut a square block of mahogany and then fastened it to a glue block that fit into the lathe chuck. I then drilled a hole smaller than the tenon on the dish in the block and gradually turned the whole larger until I got a snug fit on the tenon. After shaping the top side of the base and sanding it, I reversed the block and used the hole to refasten to the chuck. Finally, I turned off the glue block and then turned the bottom. Below is a picture of that shows the base before it is attached to the tenon on the dish.

-- Ride the bevel!

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