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Christmas Tree Ornaments

I’ve seen these (and many fancier ones) wooden turned ornaments online and I decided to try making some.

One of the nice things about these was that they didn’t have to match or look any particular way. I could just turn them and let the wood determine how much to cut them and where.

I turned these all on the lathe. Once I got going each one took about half an hour to make. That’s still much longer than they should take, but much less time than it takes me to make a bowl or a rolling pin, or whatever.

These were lots of fun to make and I’ll be making more of them this coming year for sure.

After turning them on the lathe I sanded them down to 500 grit, then applied paste wax to make them shiny.

I ended up making five snowmen and two christmas trees. The ligher wood is apple, the darker wood is walnut.

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Oak and Maple Salt Shakers

I made a set of salt and pepper shakers for our kitchen.

I started by cutting squares of maple and oak and gluing them together.  I glued up a single stack with the salt and pepper shakers all together. One they were dried I then turned them on the lathe to get them round.

I had some end grain tear out so I sanded it starting with 80 grit and went up to 1200.

 

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I used the miter box to cut the two shakers apart.

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Then I used the belt sander to flatten the top and bottoms and to make both shakers the same height.

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I then used the drill press to drill out the hole for the salt and pepper.

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I used a spade bit for the initial hole and then used a forstner bit to create a recess for the top of the cork.

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I also used the drill press to drill a P and S on the tops. Sophie asked who the S one was for and was disappointed that it wasn’t hers and that I wasn’t going to make her one.

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The pepper shaker is oak with a single maple band, and is a bit darker than the salt shaker which is maple with a single oak band.

I finished the outsides with a couple of light coats with Watco Danish Oil. The insides are unfinished.

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A Short Birch Bowl

Here’s a short birch bowl I turned last night on the Shopsmith. It’s the first piece I tried using my new faceplate.

Small birch bowl
Small birch bowl

The wood is from the birch tree we cut down in our front yard last year. I had split it and sealed the ends with drylok cement sealer so it wouldn’t crack as easily. There was still minor cracking near the edges but that was waste wood anyways once I started spinning it.

A small birch bowl I turned
A small birch bowl I turned

I finished it with three very thin coats of Traditional Cherry Varathane Stain + Poly

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