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2020 Christmas Ornament Styles

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Project by mdzehr posted 10-08-2020 04:40 AM 898 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my basic styles for 2020. I make variations on the cap and finial but really enjoy the process. I am curious which style you like the best?

I got the idea for the segmented ball from Carl Jacobson. I used 1/2” plywood separated by thin strips of cherry. Make sure your tools are sharp or else the plywood will shear. Lesson learned from the school of hard knocks trying to squeeze out one more ornament before running over to the grinder.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-08-2020 10:38 AM

Very fine ornaments, Mike. You will be ready for the Christmas tree with them!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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Underdog

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#2 posted 10-08-2020 11:07 AM


Make sure your tools are sharp or else the plywood will shear. Lesson learned from the school of hard knocks trying to squeeze out one more ornament before running over to the grinder.

- mdzehr


Ouch! That’s sounds like a literal hard knock….
Nice ornaments. I think I like the left middle and bottom middle one the best.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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mdzehr

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#3 posted 10-08-2020 11:22 AM

Thanks Jim….I have more than I need for our tree. I’ve decided to make one for each of my siblings, nephews, nieces and close family friends, so I’ve cranked out about 45 so far.


Very fine ornaments, Mike. You will be ready for the Christmas tree with them!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#4 posted 10-08-2020 11:23 AM

Thanks Jim. The bottom middle was my wife’s favorite as well.

Make sure your tools are sharp or else the plywood will shear. Lesson learned from the school of hard knocks trying to squeeze out one more ornament before running over to the grinder.

- mdzehr

Ouch! That s sounds like a literal hard knock….
Nice ornaments. I think I like the left middle and bottom middle one the best.

- Underdog


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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lew

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#5 posted 10-08-2020 01:50 PM

They are all beauties, Mike!

Are they hollowed out?

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

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mdzehr

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#6 posted 10-08-2020 02:04 PM

Thanks Lew! Not entirely. I turn the globes, then bore a 1/2” hole to receive a short tenon on both the cap and finial. The globes are only 1 1/8” diameter


They are all beauties, Mike!

Are they hollowed out?

- lew


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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GR8HUNTER

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#7 posted 10-08-2020 02:09 PM

I am still trying to find a favorite one they are all very beautiful I cannot decide on just 1 favorite I would take a guess that you have a set in mini tools GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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mdzehr

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#8 posted 10-08-2020 02:15 PM

Thanks Tony. For the most part I use regular turning tools but I did turn one old Harbor Freight screwdriver into a mini-skew for some of the fine details.


I am still trying to find a favorite one they are all very beautiful I cannot decide on just 1 favorite I would take a guess that you have a set in mini tools GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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tt1106

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#9 posted 10-08-2020 08:10 PM

I like the 1 and 4, with the long finials. There’s a sense of elegance to them that is not quite as prominent on the others. They’re all beautiful though. Love the contrasting woods.

-- -Todd

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mdzehr

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#10 posted 10-08-2020 08:12 PM

Thanks Todd! I’m kind of partial to those myself.


I like the 1 and 4, with the long finials. There s a sense of elegance to them that is not quite as prominent on the others. They re all beautiful though. Love the contrasting woods.

- tt1106


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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tazmon95

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#11 posted 10-10-2020 03:20 AM

They’re all beautiful but I think I like the bottom middle the best. I like the circles on the sphere.

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 10-10-2020 03:26 AM

Thanks Tazmon.
That was made with a 3/4” walnut square shape wrapped with 1/4” maple veneer.


They re all beautiful but I think I like the bottom middle the best. I like the circles on the sphere.

- tazmon95


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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