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Steps in turning a square edged vase in Baltic birch plywood by Bob Foster.

Turned primarily using Easy Wood carbide tools.

  • Getting started. The lathe was made by my father in January, 1988, and has seen steady use ever since. Getting started. The lathe was made by my father in January, 1988, and has seen steady use ever since.
  • The idea is to work one's way down the side inch by inch The idea is to work one's way down the side inch by inch
  • Using a back light while turning provides a nifty guide. Using a back light while turning provides a nifty guide.
  • The central column now provides minimal support, but the stresses are less. The central column now provides minimal support, but the stresses are less.
  • The inside completely turned and sanded, with a light coat of shellac sanding sealer. The inside completely turned and sanded, with a light coat of shellac sanding sealer.
  • Pretty fun! Pretty fun! By the way, use a tenon not a dove tail. Guess how I found out.
  • Reversed over a simple wooden disk with an appropriate bevel and a little padding. Reversed over a simple wooden disk with an appropriate bevel and a little padding. That's a One Way center with a nylon adaptor I made. When the tenon was originally turned a cove was also created on the bottom.
  • All done. All done. Shellac buffed with the Beall system should permit maximal light transmission