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What's wrong with my first finial?

by Avi
posted 11-21-2018 06:59 AM

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#1 posted 11-21-2018 08:32 AM

You didn’t use Alder did you?

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#2 posted 11-21-2018 11:08 AM

You didn t use Alder did you?

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#3 posted 11-21-2018 01:15 PM

The one on the left looks fine but the right one doesn’t have the same proportion

as the left one does. Maybe shave a little off the top on the right one?

Finials are tricky to get that look that matches. It’s subjective no doubt, you’ll get there.

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#4 posted 11-21-2018 01:17 PM

Have nothing to be ashamed of pretty good effort on your finials. Perhaps if do a search for turning small wood finials might find more pleasing design.

Big part of design is function, would a bead at the top be more practical for removing tops?

Been turning lot of years and might turn couple different style of finials before getting one to fit the design and function as desired. Turning small and getting crisp design elements not always that easy. I use a lot of scrap wood for practice!

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#5 posted 11-21-2018 02:28 PM

I don’t see anything wrong with them.
If I had to change anything it would be the tops, compared to the bodies. (switch the designs)
It seems like the design on the one on the left would be a better fit for the one on the right and visa versa.

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#6 posted 11-21-2018 02:39 PM

Overall the effect looks weird. Something in the design is off. I am thinking if just cutting them off…

- Avi

I agree. I don’t think the shape of the finials is the problem but rather the effect, as you say, of the contrasting colored wood. I’d cut them off.

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#7 posted 11-21-2018 02:59 PM

left one is perfect one on the right is ok just knock of the very top and it will look as good as one on left maybe try a FABRONACCI Gauge next time GREAT JOB :<))

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#8 posted 11-21-2018 08:40 PM

A couple of videos on finials

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#9 posted 11-21-2018 09:37 PM

left one is perfect one on the right is ok just knock of the very top and it will look as good as one on left maybe try a FABRONACCI Gauge next time GREAT JOB :<))


I was similarly gonna suggest you use the golden ratio to do your spacing and diameters. I often find that when something just doesn’t “look quite right”, applying that ratio to the design resolves the issue I couldn’t quite put my finger on.

I would also agree with Ripper that in this case, the laminated blanks may just be too “busy” for the finials.

All that being said, I still don’t think either of these look horrible. In fact, I quite like the one on the left. I think the one on the right is probably too long and the fact that the spacing between the beads at the top is wider than the spacing between the bottom beads is what makes it “look off”

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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