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.
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.
I used the miter box to cut the two shakers apart.
Then I used the belt sander to flatten the top and bottoms and to make both shakers the same height.
I then used the drill press to drill out the hole for the salt and pepper.
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.
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.
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.