After work 2010 Christmas ornaments

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Project by Kindlingmaker posted 01-23-2011 10:37 PM 2968 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shortly before the Christmas holiday, I would come home from work and do one of these ornaments. Not much time for anything then. The wood came from chair rungs, broom handles, paint brush handles, warped dowels and branches. The inside out turning was a table leg and the tree inside it was a paint brush handle. They were fun to make, were skill improvers and help fill the need to work the wood. Oh, the little eyelets on the top of most of the ornaments is twisted 20 gauge copper wire and CA glued in.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 10:43 PM

Nice array of Christmas Tree Ornaments, They are real Pretty!

thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 11:17 PM

The bells are great. They don’t make noise do they…besides klack, cklack?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 03:08 AM

Wow, you did a lot of ornaments! They look great, and I do like your bell. It’s always good to scavange wood; I took two long handles off a discarded wheel barrow, and have some exotic I have No idea the origin of. But nice wood. Love your ornaments.


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#4 posted 01-24-2011 03:15 AM

You know, I have thought recently that I really don’t need a lathe at the moment, then I found this! This would be a GREAT and CHEAP way to give Christmas gifts to my family, just send them out about a week before Christmas. I guess I’ll be looking on Craigslist for a lathe too now…...

Great work!

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 04:01 AM

Sailor, The lathe I used was a Jet 1014 bench top. It is a remarkable lathe for its size. I mounted it on a red oak board and just clamp it to the workbench. Here’s a link:
barbs, Thank you! The enjoyment of taking something that is headed for the dump or the fireplace and using it, giving it another life, makes working the wood much more enjoyable.
spunwood, The bell actully makes a pleasant sound, I was rather surprised.
sedcokid, Thank you.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 06:36 AM

Fantastic group of ornaments. Lots of variety.

Great use of scraps. I always keep an eye out for old chairs for turning stock.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 05:06 PM

I got orders for next Christmas. Always nice to see work by others. Thanks for sharing. As for old wood, scraps, etc., great use fow stuff that would end up in a fireplace or landfill. My first turning piece was from an old dowel from the closet.

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#8 posted 01-25-2011 01:27 AM

Woohoo! The wife and I collect ornaments for our travels but they are pretty pedestrian. I love your idea. I haven’t turned wood in 30 years but I am looking to buy a small lathe now that I am retired. Love the bell. THanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 01-25-2011 06:22 PM

Nice looking and great idea. I am also glad someone else out there uses wood from old broom handles, chairs. etc.. Now my wife won’t think I am that off the wall.

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 12:57 AM

Nice work! Glad to see your turnings. Keep this up and by next Christmas you can hang them from all the Elm trees in your yard? :-)

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 07:41 AM

We hung most of these on the Christmas tree and I was pleasantly surprised to see how well they stood out on the tree. The others I hung from a small tree branch in the kitchen window. They looked very nice in the window.

-- -Willing to try

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