Practice wine glass

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Project by ldl posted 01-29-2013 12:29 PM 1200 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am practicing on making some silhouette long stem wine glasses. Trying to get the stem right. I am still relatively new at turning and it is hard for me to take a pass from one end to the other in one smooth continuous flow especially when it curves. I have a 1/2” flat skew with a slight radius and I usually end up making a few passes scraping to get the ripples out. I have been practicing with my 1” skew lately and quite often I can make a pass the full length of a roughed out blank without catching. They say practice makes perfect but the lied bout the skew. Haaa Haaa

I want to make a set for my niece’s wedding later this year so I decided to take some of the many smaller cedar limbs I recovered from the tree that fell on my house several years ago and practice. My wife doesn’t want to finish anything I make of cedar as she likes the smell so I will finish very few things made of cedar.

Any advice appreciated.

incedently if you didn’t notice I made from cedar.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#1 posted 01-29-2013 12:38 PM

We just bottled up some wine yesterday, bring your glass for a taste.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 01-29-2013 01:16 PM

Dewayne nice wine goblet when you get through practicing. Try turning one out of birds eye maple I bet that would be beautiful. Love the cedar too!

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#3 posted 01-29-2013 01:22 PM

Hello my friend I like the goblet…you ask for help, the only words I can offer other than practice is where are your eyes watching….are they watching the point of the cutting tool or the line on the top of the of the turning…my eyes do not look at the cutting they look at the top of the spinning project looking at the line that my tool is creating…do you follow me?

-- Cosmicturner

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#4 posted 01-29-2013 02:27 PM

Thanks for the comments.

Hunter if you was a little closer to the house I might take you up on that.

Good idea Bill. I’m using cedar right now as I have an abundance of it. A few years ago a cedar tree in my back yard split during a storm and one side laid down on my house. Luckily the only damage was a small hole bout like a quarter in a couple of the shingles. I put in new shingles and had no leaks. I sawed up all the limbs down to about 2” and saved. Sawed the trunk up in 8’ lengths and still have them out at my son’s house.The tree had grew two trunks from about 4’ up from the base. It split in the junction. I still have the other half standing.

Cosmic I understand what you are saying but the execution is what I have trouble with. When I turn the inside of a bowl I look at the other side of the bowl to see what my tool is doing. One of my troubles is I can’t get my fingers to slide along the tool rest in a smooth manner. Do you wax your tool rest? Since I bought the new bowl gouges in Dec it is getting easier and I have found that the sharper the tools the better. Another problem is I have just started sharpening my tools and I haven’t gotten that down pat yet. Most of it is I’m still in the steep early learning curve. I do alright in the roughing out the curves but when I get down to the final passes that is where my trouble is. Gotta learn to finesse I guess.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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