Eccentric Goblet

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 09-09-2018 05:29 AM 1067 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Cape Chestnut, finished (so to speak) with straight Shellac, standing about 5” tall. Stay tuned, and I’ll ‘splain photo 6.

I didn’t start taking photos until this point.

Why? Because this is where I became fairly certain I was gonna break it. Again.

I’d set out, from the start, intending on an eccentric goblet, of a much more wine-glassy sort. When that got the kibosh put upon it, it became an “exercise in eccentricity”. You see, Beloved Buddies, I’d gotten rather obsessed with the the idea by watching videos. There was Brother Al doing it. There was Brother Mike (Waldt) doing it. There was Brother Carl doing it. So, I thought, mebbees, just mebbees, Brother Mark (The Stooge) can do it.

I’m doing something wrong, here. Trying to figure out just what it is.

It’s getting rather fragile here. And, when it’s wobbling at nearly 2000 RPM, there’s a real chance it’s going to take flight. (It didn’t, wonder of wonders.) So, that was this morning, more or less.

VOD (Very Old Dad) and I got home sometime around five this afternoon from a VED (Very Early Dinner) at Niece Lisa’s wiki-up, and I fell asleep in front of the TV. Now, I had left this Thing at the third knuckle when we departed, and had it wandering around the back of my head all the while, and, when I recovered from my snooze fest, there it was, more or less. What I was doing wrong, that is. (The “identification of the problem” portion of the program – that’s important. Innit? The diagnosis. Right?) It seems I was confounded over whether the stem over the knuckle should be done first, or the knuckle should be done first, or the stem under the knuckle should be done first. I had done the first stem – just under the cup – first, because it had to be on the central axis, then followed with the first knuckle. I found, then, that in the process of making the knuckle, I was unavoidably hitting the completed upper stem. Well, I tried a couple things that didn’t seem to work, and I moved on. No. Now, I can’t make the stem straight (it comes out conical). On through knuckles two and three. Can’t seem to avoid busting up the edges, and, keep getting too close to the stem above. Hmmm. Maybe. Along about knuckle four, I thought I was getting somewhere. Knuckle five is the closest to what I was after, and, mebbees, I just didn’t spend enough time on knuckle six.

Speaking of “six:” The sixth photo is of the cup as it was after I’d engaged in my old propensity to get too close to the outside when working the inside of a Thing. Shucks. I was so pleased with it, before that happened.

The finish was really quite nice, and I was pleased with the shape, and the inside showed some real promise. Oh well. It’s about the right size for a boiled egg.

It’s hardly Furtadoean, or Waldtean, or Jacobsonean, but, I think I learned something. The trouble, I suppose, going forward, is to see if I can gather the kahonies to try it again before I forget what I learnt.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 09-09-2018 06:02 AM

That is awesome. It looks like the crankshaft of an engine.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 09-09-2018 06:04 AM

What a superb trip you’ve taken us on! An excellent post a worthwhile project and a fabulous rendition. I applaud your work, your inspiration and your sticktoitiveness. Gather your kahonies and solder on.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 09-09-2018 08:50 AM

Very interesting Mark.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 09-09-2018 10:52 AM

I realy admire how you managed to do this excentric turning.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 09-09-2018 11:48 AM

Now that’s Cool!

Did you make a special chuck for the eccentric turning?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 09-09-2018 12:17 PM

Wow, Nice work, Mark. I’m surprised it held together at those thin points with that cup swinging off center.
Good control of the piece!!
I have the same question as did you hold it in the off set positions?
Mark, you inspired me to make another tool!
cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 09-09-2018 12:53 PM

Wow you are really pushing the limits, RADICAL. Give me an idea to try and model on of a cranshaft for the base part. Great job.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 09-09-2018 02:43 PM

I love it when one of my fellow LJs decide to test the limits of their turning skills. You conquered Mark, nicely done!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 09-09-2018 04:17 PM

you really shouldnt drink while turning-lol.incredible work again buddy,you just keep pushing the envelope.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 09-09-2018 05:41 PM

Interesting project Mark! Ever since I’ve seen turned hammer handles (oval shape) I thought I’d try something offset. I just don’t know what.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 09-09-2018 06:16 PM

Lew and Jim: I just randomly tilted it in the chuck, more or less. First one way, thenn the other.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 09-09-2018 10:03 PM

So we finally get to see what is in that twisted mind of yours. LOL (Sorry. I just couldn’t resist that one. It was just to easy.)

Beautiful job. Sort of what I imagine Dr. Seuss would use when serving sherry to Picasso. (That’s a compliment, they are two of my favorites.) Now make another because Pablo should not drink alone.

You also need to find a project that incorporates that fragment in picture 6 – it is to cool to waste..

Thanks for sharing,


-- Leafherder

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#13 posted 09-09-2018 10:49 PM

Nice one Mark but looks a ‘bit cranky’, LOL. congrats on your top3 award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 09-10-2018 01:21 AM

Wow!, very neat. Hard to grasp how you got all that detail in a 5” span.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 09-10-2018 01:30 AM

Wow I’ve never tried tilting it in a chuck. I’d be afraid it would fly out with a bit too much pressure. You sure worked your way down carefully to have it come out that good!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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