Woodturning Mixed Laminated Christmas Bell Ornament


Hi, Alan Stratton from As Wood Turns (www.AsWoodTurns.com)
You know, occasionally, plans change in a project. Sometimes, things just evolve. Sometimes, there is a catastrophe and things
have to evolve. Well, that is the case with this Christmas
ornament. I wanted to take a piece of scrap laminated
wood from a previous project (I don’t know how long ago) and turn it into a Christmas
ornament for this year’s Christmas Ornament Challenge. However, there were a couple of mis steps
along the way and it changed from being kind of a weird ornament to a bell. So, let’s make this laminated Christmas
Bell for the Christmas Ornament Challenge and get over all those humps. This wood is a left-over lamination from some
previous project. I cleaned up the edges and glued some veneer
in between two pieces. Then once again on the sides. After an over night wait for the glue to dry,
I trimmed the ends clean again and mounted it between centers. My plan is to create an oval shape, cut it
in half and reverse mount it into an ornament. To make it as symmetrical as possible, I marked
the middle and marks equidistant from the center. Hopefully, this will help me to not get carried
away to much on one end verses the other. Then I can trim back the ends. The final task, for now, is to cut a shallow
tenon on each end before starting a parting cut. I start between centers. But since that can be dangerous to cut clear
thru, I stop. Then mount the wood in the chuck using the
tenon I just made. Then I can safely cut it the rest of the way
without the tail stock pressure causing problems. Next I can start hollowing the end. For me, since this is end grain, it is easier
to cut from the middle out with a spindle gouge. That way, I’m cutting into side grain instead
of end grain. Then I remember I need to drill a quarter
inch hole for mounting the ornament. Then measure and check the wall thickness. Then finish hollowing and finish off with
a round nose scraper. Then sand and apply some friction polish on
the interior. With two parts, I can now do the same thing
with the other side. Now, I turn to finish the exterior. I’ve inserted the wood into my chuck to
remove the excess nub. The wood jumps out of the chuck. I put it back in and try again cinched up
a little tighter. It jumps out again. Back in and a little tighter. This time I resolve to cut with pressure from
the tail stock side to help keep the wood in the chuck. But it jumps out again and cracks into three
pieces. What a bummer. What do I do now – I cannot glue it back
together. Time for a design change using the one good
side. But how do I hold it better than the first
one? I found a DIY faceplate with a bolt in the
middle. That will do except the half sphere can still
shift. To solve this issue, I mount a piece of scrap
on a faceplate. I plan to cut a tenon on it to hold the half
sphere in position. Then as i finish the tenon, why not try pressing
the half sphere onto the tenon as is with the live center instead of the bolt. This works fine while I tool it, then sand
it, and apply shellac friction polish. Now that this project has evolved to become
a bell, it needs a short handle. I mount a short piece of walnut into the long
nose jaws. This is not a secure mount. But with live center pressure, it should be
enough to cut a tenon to hold it better. Now that the wood is secure, I can turn a
finial in the form of a handle. For me, my preferred tools are a spindle gouge
and my skew. The gouge is for rapid wood removal and for
concave shapes that are too tight for the skew. Otherwise, the skew leaves a better finish. Your results may vary. With the shaping finished, I can move on to
sanding, finishing and buffing what is now a Christmas bell ornament. It is a cute little ornament, very appropriate
for our Christmas tree and this year’s Christmas Ornament Challenge despite the change in plans. Get started now to plan and make your ornament. November 30 comes very quickly. Please give this video a thumbs up, subscribe
on my website, tell your friends and send me your comments and questions. Every week I make a new woodturning video. Please wear your full-face shield – anytime
the lathe is running. Until next week’s video this is Alan Stratton
from As Wood Turns dot com.

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