As I've been learning to turn wood I decided to have a go at turning some end grain, this is basically turning the wood at a different angle to the lathe.
This will hopefully go some way to explaining what I'm talking about.
|The wood on the lathe is the lid.|
One of the reasons for turning the wood like this is because it shows of the grain in a different way, but there is a down side (as I found out) the wood behaves differently, for example it tears at the ends, which isn't a big problem it does require more care and your chisels need to be razor sharp, and even then you'll have a fair bit of sanding to do, as it turns out I used my Oland tools to turn the pot and the lid, I seem to be bale to get them much sharper.
There are ways to combat the tear off like using oils,waxes and even water, but I still didn't have much luck, not that I'm that bothered by it as this was a voyage of discovery :-)
A picture of the lid on the lathe -
|It has a nice pattern.|
This next picture is the base of the pot, this is one of the reasons an expanding chuck would be handy.
Fixing holes from screw chuck -
|Not a big issue, but not good if I wanted to sell it.|
A picture of an expanding chuck, this will be the one I get, each jaw moves independently, which will be very useful.
|I will be adding this to my collection soon :-)|
The pot -
|I'm very pleased with the pattern, it looks great.|
The pot looks a little orange, this is mainly because of the oil I've been coating it in to try and prevent any cracking and such like.
The remains of the tree trunk -
|I still have a fair bit left, and there's always the Pear ;-)|
|Not perfect by any means, but an interesting piece.|
As it's my first pot type thing though I'm happy with it, and I've learned a lot so the next one I make I can approach it in a different way and hopefully I'll be happier with it.
From a slightly different angle -
|I think the pattern of the lid works well with the pattern of the pot.|
|Shame about the lid, I may try and fix it, not sure yet.|
The pot after a few days -
|Still a little orangey, but it will fade as the oil soaks in.|
One of the other down sides of wood turning is the mess, I've been bagging the shavings up so I can use them as a mulch either in the garden or at the allotment, or both :-) it gets very dusty so I've had to come up with some kind of extraction system, which I made using 2 hoovers, I'll write a post about it some time ;-)
Here's a picture of the mess, I have a lot of spiders in my shed, which is why some of the shavings seem to be stuck to the wall :-)
|It gets every where.|
Hopefully I've solved this little problem now :-) we shall see.
Thanks for reading.