Sphere Christmas Ornaments

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Project by lew posted 11-08-2018 02:59 PM 987 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always wanted to learn to turn a sphere but the freehand attempts were miserable failures. I found a tutorial by Mr. David Reed Smith on making a “Shadow Jig”- and I am really happy with the results.

One is made from spalted maple with ebonized finials. The ebonizing was done with India ink. The other is a segmented piece of walnut, maple and cherry. Both are finished with rattle can lacquer.The spheres are about 3” in diameter. The spalted maple was very punky and was stabilized with CA glue during turning and sanding.

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

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#1 posted 11-08-2018 03:35 PM

Great job!

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#2 posted 11-08-2018 03:52 PM

these ornaments blow my mind Lew what a different way of turning also GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 11-08-2018 04:12 PM

WOW! Absolutely beautiful. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 11-08-2018 05:02 PM

Outstanding shape and wood colour.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 11-08-2018 06:22 PM

Very nice.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 11-08-2018 07:24 PM

really looks great as usual coming from you Lew, the tutorial is very interesting, something I’ll have to try in the future.

-- Smitty!!!

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#7 posted 11-08-2018 08:20 PM

Excellent work Lew. Someone will be getting something beautiful and unique for Christmas!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 11-08-2018 09:05 PM

Cool technique Lew! Impressive results too!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 11-08-2018 09:46 PM

Beautiful wood in that sphere. Lew. That is a neat idea to turn to the shadow!

cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 11-08-2018 11:34 PM

I’m always impressed with turned spheres Lew, and these look great!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#11 posted 11-09-2018 01:40 AM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#12 posted 11-09-2018 04:57 AM

Lew, you continue to amaze me!!! Christmas tree ornaments… and with some rubber wood, basketballs!!!. What will happen next? …. (-:

Seriously, I didn’t even know that could be done…

I am really behind the eight ball…

Here in La Conner, where the weather is much nicer than in Anchorage. Working on some speaker stands. Badly needed… the folding chairs have to go back to their original purpose… although they have served as admiral speaker stands for 6 years… (-:

Goodness gracious, what a heresy, with a woodworker in the house… but gonna fix it.

Best to you and yours,


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 11-09-2018 10:56 AM


-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#14 posted 11-10-2018 05:03 AM

Derek- Thanks!

Tony- Thank You!

Hoss- Thanks!

Ivan- Thank You!

Julian- Thanks!

Smitty- Thank You!, It is amazing how easy it was to turn the sphere using the jig.

Mike- Thanks! They are already hanging on their tree!

Steve- Thank You! I really like Mr. Smith’s creations.

Jim- Thanks! The shadow jig works perfectly.

John- Thank You!

Ralbuk- Thanks!

Jim- Thank You! Been watching the weather from your neck of the woods. Seems like the winter there has been milder than “normal”. Chair for a speaker stand- Hey, what ever works!

becikeja- Thanks!

Thanks everyone for all the views and making this a Daily Top 3. I really appreciate it!

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

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