Solid Surface Turnings

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Project by woodworkerscott posted 04-28-2013 01:17 PM 2055 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are examples of my first attempts at turning solid surface on the wood lathe. The material happens to be Corian.

Yes, I know this is a woodworking site. However, as woodworkers we at some time are going to have the opportunity to incorporate other material forms into our woodworking. I use solid surface material for inlay and other accent combinations. This particular case these are solid surface with no wood. But, as mentioned, they were turned on a wood lathe. It is no different than using a metal hinge or screws; not everything is always made of wood in a wood project.

The picture does not do the justice of showing how glossy the one on the left actually is. The one on the right is more of a satin finish. Both are smoooooth and great to touch.

The on on the left is Corian Platinum and Corian Dawn Beige on the right.

I hope you like them and it inspires you to give it a try sometime. I have another piece on the lathe as I write this. Will post it in a few. :)

Thanks for looking. Enjoy.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 01:45 PM

Scott ~ I used to have a small company called ‘The Counter Guy’ where I did repairs and restoration of different countertop materials, solid surface (Corian-like materials), stone (marble and granite) and cultured marble. I found the Corian to be a well made product to work with… more consistent than some other brands. Also, solid surface has no ‘grain’ to contend with.

I carved it a bit and used it as ‘plinths’ for wood carvings. The cool thing about it is that there are so many different colors and patterns, and, depending upon the resin content, it can achieve a very high polish.

Just be careful with the dust.

Your turned vessels look really good and I bet they are fairly heavy …. depending on thickness. We’ll call this ‘would work’.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 02:04 PM

Thanks for the compliment.

I used to be a solid surface fabricator; I’ve done so many kitchens, baths, bars , and the unusual that I have lost count. It also allowed me to collect quite a bit if solid surface. :)
In my projects area you can see where I used it on the bamboo dresser and the computer table.

Yes, watch the dust!

The vessels are indeed heavy but not too heavy. :) They are fun to run the hands on, particularly when the lathe is turning and I run my hand across it feeling the surface for accuracy. When I used to be a fabricator some thought it was strange that I ran my hands all over the work. I close my eyes and see with the fingers and feel the surface; I look like an artist going over his work. Gotta love it. I do the same thing on all woodworks as well.

“would work”.....very good; yes, indeed.
Thanks for viewing.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 04:16 PM

Great pieces Scott. I love turning it too. It makes the piece look like marble or stone. I find that finishing with my typical wood products ( EEE and Shellawax) gives them an amazing gloss that stays like that even after repeated washing.

Here is one a I did this winter:

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

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 09:15 PM

Thanks. Yes, I remember that turning you did. It looks great. I believe it to be Corian Atlantis, if I am not mistaken.
I saw it and it jumped started me to get mine designed and finished, so thanks. :))

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#5 posted 04-28-2013 10:02 PM

Yes great stuff to work with Scott, finishes a dream.
A couple of nice little forms, this is one of my favourite shapes

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 04-28-2013 11:37 PM

Scott, those turned out nice. I really like the variety of color. I can just imagine how smooth they are. Nice job.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#7 posted 04-29-2013 03:58 AM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#8 posted 05-01-2013 03:27 PM

Lovely turnings! Like the beautiful shape, materials used and the finish is amazing. Great work!

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