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Forum topic by rikkor posted 02-23-2008 10:02 PM 2588 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2008 10:02 PM

I have to make two Easter Eggs for my nephews. I have the first egg made except to cut off the “egg cup” part. How do I sand and polish the other end of the egg? Do I have to hand sand, or is there some clever way to do it on the lathe.

I’ll put up a picture as soon as I get my computer to recognize the drive for my camera’s chip.

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#1 posted 02-23-2008 10:17 PM


Shape the bulk of the egg shape , do two at one time if you have the space on the lathe, leaving just a small amount at the ends (~1/4”), and finish sand, then take a fine toothed saw and cut it off. Use an oscillating sander to smooth the rest of the ends. They turn out well for me using this method.

I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. I’m sure others have their ideas/methods as well which may work out better.



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#2 posted 02-24-2008 01:36 AM

Thanks Dave. I appreciate your input.

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#3 posted 02-24-2008 02:24 AM

I would make a jamb chuck from a piece of wood and reverse chuck the egg (after finishing the other end)
to finish it. I have used this method very successfully. Once I make a wooden jamb chuck for a project I label it to be reused. If you go to and click on woodturning online you can then access the projects section. In the projects section there are a couple of tutorials on how to turn eggs including one that details using a wooden chuck to finish the eggs. Good luck!

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#4 posted 02-24-2008 02:40 AM

There are a few methods discussed in a special woodturning issue put out by Woodworkers Journal on the bookstore shelf right now. Most are hand finishing after paring off, removing with a bandsaw and others, didn’t consider a jamb chuck though….

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#5 posted 02-24-2008 11:06 AM

Jeff, that Tennessee Woodworkers site is great! The jamb chuck shown looks like just the ticket. Thanks for the link.

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#6 posted 02-29-2008 02:48 AM

I’ve used both methods and found that just chucking up a piece of wood and forming it with a sharp rounded skew chisel is the fastest and easiest method for me. You can see a bunch that I made on my projects page last easter. mike

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#7 posted 02-29-2008 04:49 PM

Every time I put a skew to wood it catches. Every time! When the opportunity arises I am going to get some instruction on it. Checked your page… you turned some beauties Mike.

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#8 posted 09-27-2009 03:00 PM

probobly not much use now but this has a good tutorial for making an “egg chuck”. scroll down to where it says: making an egg chuck

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#9 posted 01-22-2012 08:10 PM

Well Im doing my research for turning eggs and this post has some great info thanks for sharing.

I didnt find a online projects area at the website you suggested but maybe they have taken it down.

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#10 posted 01-22-2012 08:25 PM

Here’s a link to an egg chuck … ... I saw a demo at turning symposium where the guy used a chuck like this.

I made one of these yesterday … will probably turn my first egg today.


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#11 posted 01-22-2012 08:40 PM

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#12 posted 01-22-2012 08:56 PM

Here’s an article from the AAW affiliate in Central Indiana … that details use of a chuck like the one mentioned earlier.


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#13 posted 01-24-2012 11:45 PM

Another option that I use for egg/sphere turning is a vacuum chuck. You can buy a vacuum system, but you can build an excellent system for relatively little money depending on your lathe, mechanical skill, and your ability to scrouge – especially if all you need is a small system for things like eggs. There are numerous designs online, a number of which use the vacuum pump from a small fridge – which you can typically get for free from your local dump. Typically the only part you need to buy is the swivel coupler that attaches the vac hose to the lathe. The rest is just tubing and some valves.

A vacuum chucking system makes a lot of turning jobs much, much easier. I built one that adapts to all three of my main lathes and I use it mostly to finish the bottom of bowls.

Of course, if you’re just turning two eggs and don’t plan on making this kind of thing a habit, a vac chuck is massive overkill. I’d go with a friction chuck. You can make one easily enough from a piece of PVC, cut into “fingers” on the griping end, secured with a hose clamp, and padded with a thick rubberband wrapped around the egg. Mount the PVC in a regular deep-jaw chuck (you’ll need to put a wooden plug in the mouting end, or the force of your mounting chuck will cause the PVC to deform) or secure it to a wooden disk mounted to a turning plate. Don’t make it any longer than it has to be, stability wise shorter is better. If you use this technique, PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FINGERS relative to the work. That hose clamp will do a number on you, ditto the edge of the PVC.

As to your skew problems, get yourself a 1/2” oval skew. I’m also partial to the Beecham skewchigouge, which I think is the best thing since digital variable speed when comes to skew/spindle turning. Once you master the technique with the skewchigougue it’s almost impossible to get a catch and you can do some amazing turning with it. First most important thing when it comes to skews, is learning how to sharpen one properly, especially the skewchigouge. You can see some of stuff I do with it on my projects page.

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#14 posted 01-25-2012 12:29 AM

Looks like you are covered on the egg turning situation…so I will address the skew catches.

First of all….every wood turning tool has a chance of catching…a majority of these are caused by incorrect attack angle of the tool towards the wood. The rule of thumb is to place your tool rest so that the tool will be centered (Draw an imaginary verticle line (from headstock to tailstock) down your project along it’s center…the tool should strike this line when laid squarely on the tool rest)

The basic approach is to start with your tool on the rest and with the cutting edge just above center (angled just slightly)....bring the tool down to center as you start your pass. Bring the tool to center as you begin sliding the tool along your cut. Try to make your passes down hill along the grain path. Make sure the cutting edge is not measureably below center or above center – too far below center reduces the tools ability to cut the wood fibres – in a sense it makes the tool a scraper…and it will not remove much material – to far above center makes the tool unstable and subject to catching in surface imperfections… As a beginner, watch the tool untill it begins to cut….it should be slicing off shavings not dust (you can tell the relative sharpness of a tool by compairing the shavings) you become more attuned you can then watch the profile of your project as you turn – the ghost image you see as the project turns is the out of round/out of shape…..I watch the profile while I turn…when the ghost is gone, the turning is smooth….

A dull tool will catch much more than a sharp tool….the dull tool will also be much more subject to becoming unstable as it bounces along the surface instead of cutting the fibres.

There are many great DVDs and books out there that discuss the basics of stance and tool use….but the best method is to find a good mentor….someone who can show you how to do it….and then help make sure you get the hang of it…....check for a good local turning club…or for classes at your local woodshop or adult education at a local college. These skills can be self taught….but it is always better to get past the mistakes without having to make them all.

Hmmm….I didn’t see this was such an old post until after I posted.

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