Making Ornaments

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Blog series by woodshopmike updated 04-02-2014 02:12 PM 5 parts 5437 reads 0 comments total

Part 1: Globe Preparation

02-13-2014 02:43 PM by woodshopmike | 0 comments »

Well, I’m back at it. Making more ornaments. I had the best of intentions to make a tutorial around Christmas, but the busy holiday season coupled with trying to finish orders in time for the big day stole my attention. This is the beginning of a series of posts I’ll make to share my process for making ornaments. The ornaments I make are typically comprised of a globe and finial. I usually start by making the globe because I can make the finials match better stylistically ...

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Part 2: A Quick Detour for Tool Making

02-18-2014 01:43 PM by woodshopmike | 0 comments »

I know what you’re thinking. Mike, it’s the second post of this series and your derailing already?! I think this is a great opportunity for two things. One, for me to make some small hollowing tools & two, for me to show you how I made them! Not all ornaments need to be hollowed. In fact, all of the ornaments I’ve made to date have not been hollow. I’ve not been too worried about the weight of them since they’re always less than an ounce and I’v...

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Part 3: Finishing Up the Globe

02-24-2014 02:51 PM by woodshopmike | 0 comments »

Alright, back on track. Lets get to making the globe for a Christmas Ornament! There are two ways to approach the design elements of any turning project. You can either work from a sketch, or sculpt your piece as you work at the lathe. There have only been a handful of instances when I work from a drawing. That’s not to say that I don’t sketch regularly. I like to immerse myself in and around good design and art regularly. This is critical to making something that is plea...

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Part 4: Finally Finials!

03-21-2014 03:26 PM by woodshopmike | 0 comments »

First off. Wow, sorry it took so long to get this next step on the blog. Cold weather and life have kept me away from the shop more than usual since my last post. Meanwhile my faithful reader(s?) has been waiting for a conclusion to this project. Fear not. The conclusion follows. Interestingly enough, the last issue of the AAW magazine hosted an article specifically to turning finials. There are also several YouTube videos that have great detail about turning finials also. Hopefully...

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Part 5: Assembly

04-02-2014 02:12 PM by woodshopmike | 0 comments »

Oops! I forgot to post the end of this project last week. With that said… Get out the super glue and keep your fingers apart at all times! Lets get this ornament tutorial wrapped up!As with most things in life, get a plan in place and get to work. I like to layout my pieces to be assembled in a neat little space. I have three components here (sorry ‘yall, I already glued the finial and collar together) that need to be married. Ornament Assembly I find that starting w...

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