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FLYING SAUCER, OFF CENTER WOOD TURNING CHALLENGE

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Project by bushmaster posted 12-12-2019 06:03 AM 777 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In November I joined a Facebook site called WOOD TURNING. For the month off November the turning challenge was to turn something off center. I had been thinking of a off center turning project that I wanted to do anyway so it fit right into what I wanted to do. I just refined my idea, once I got started I just added to my original idea, solving problem along the way, I envisioned a flying saucer soaring to distant galaxies. It would have to be suspended in the air and tipped to one side like one sees in your minds eye.

So lets get started, mounted a birch disc on a small block with a face plate. size of the disc was determined by the width of the plank I had. NO pre drawn plans. Lath a dome on each side, easy..

Now let the Fun Begin. Sand a flat spot towards one edge, glue a block of wood to it and mount it at an angle off center.

Turned it slowly over by hand, marking a line where the bowl part depression would be, looked like I got it right the first time. Now comes the challenge, It flopping around and wobbling too. My home made lathe is shaking and jumping. I glued it on with a sheet of paper first, Not a great idea, It came off and flew by ear. Second try, glued solid. It still was scary, but turned out great.

Next was to make a base that would elevate it. off enter as well.

Made larger with added wood for the post, Circle drawn so post was at one edge, cut out with bandsaw and then all edges shaped and sanded to the bottom edge.

After all that wobbling lathing the lid was a breeze, so I had to try turning an off center finial, That was a real challenge, I knew what to do on the first part, but didn’t have a clue how to do it, though of this and that and finally settled on an idea, and was successful the first time.

Paint the base satin black and time for a test flight.

Resting on it base in the hanger

If interested I made a video of some of the procedures when I made this project, wobble wobble, shake
shake.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj2k86sdluw&t=29s

Thanks for looking, comments are encouraging.

Oh yes, don’t mean to brag but I did receive first place with this entry.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia





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BobWemm

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#1 posted 12-12-2019 07:41 AM

Congratulations Brian, that is a great result.
Looks just like what you set out to achieve.

Bob

-- 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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#2 posted 12-12-2019 07:53 AM

Wobble wobble, shake shake.

Maybe, but the results are more than great.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 12-12-2019 10:25 AM

again you have set the bar with another piece of art

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 12-12-2019 11:06 AM

Bravo, I would have gave you first place also, you better get use to it, it will come again,.
Very nice work, keep on turning and wobbling, you re doing great.

-- andrek

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#5 posted 12-12-2019 11:14 AM

absolutely beautiful. I have never done this, at least hot on purpose.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 12-12-2019 12:18 PM

Amazing work! I enjoyed the video but it still made me nervous watching that thing go around and fully expecting to see it fly by the camera at some point…
Thanks for sharing, Brian!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#7 posted 12-12-2019 12:22 PM

Pretty cool Brian! I like it.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#8 posted 12-12-2019 02:09 PM

Congrats on the win, this is so cool. From this angle this pic looks like a 5 wood.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#9 posted 12-12-2019 02:15 PM

Yep, it looks out of this world. But really nice work.

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

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#10 posted 12-12-2019 02:27 PM

you are becoming quite the greatest artist :<)) GREAT JOB :<))

would scare me t oturn something like that :<((

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

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#11 posted 12-12-2019 02:37 PM

Just WOW!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#12 posted 12-12-2019 07:18 PM

Wonderful. Takes a brave man to face that off-center stuff.

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#13 posted 12-12-2019 07:27 PM

Nice work Brian. I will try this someday, when I think of something I want off-centre.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#14 posted 12-12-2019 08:08 PM

and a first place it should be.that would scare the hell out of making that.a great video showing the process and the finish is as good as it gets.an incredible turning brian.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#15 posted 12-12-2019 11:23 PM

Super cool.

-- Julian

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