Water Drop Jewelry Stand

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Project by gdoherty posted 07-01-2020 02:25 PM 758 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my most ambitious turning project yet. Using the full length of my Rockler Excelsior lathe, I glued up a 16”-tall laminate of walnut (base), sapele (central column) and ash (top cap). Once glued, I turned them using a roughing gouge and a 1/2” bowl gouge. Boy, was this an experience!!

The Water Drop Jewelry Stand is as it sounds: taking the shape of water as a drop falls into a still pool. Specifically, this mushroom shape forms when, as the first drop is rebounding into the air, a second one falls and flattens the top out.

The six arms are also made out of ash, cut three-at-a-time: First, the shape was drawn out on the wood. Then, the various-sized recesses (they get larger the closer they are to the body) were cut on the drill press, and lastly, the arms were shaped on the bandsaw and cut apart, and hand-sanded to their final shape.

The finish is General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, which should stand up to the constant contact with the metal jewelry expected to touch it.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 07-01-2020 03:36 PM

Cool design and I like the grain reveal in the ash.
Great job!

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#2 posted 07-01-2020 03:37 PM

That’s a very interesting and unique design.

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