Objects used on this challenge:
Lazy Susan mechanism: https://amzn.to/2uDZPDv
Inexperienced grippy gloves: https://amzn.to/2ZdO00v
White stain blocker: https://amzn.to/2NhzNfS
Water primarily based white polyurethane: https://amzn.to/2NjclyJ
Water primarily based brown mahogany stain: https://amzn.to/2R7PZRR
This cake stand begins with the bottom materials. As a result of the bottom will likely be stained after which painted I went with 2×12 pine. Though this will likely be distressed I did ensure that to chop round any knots that had been within the board, only for stability causes, and I lower a bunch of items lengthy sufficient for 2 rings every.
These smaller items had been then jointed on one large face. With a board this large I have to depend on the friction between my hand and the floor of the wooden to push the fabric by way of. On this case my palms had been slipping and I actually want I may use a protracted flat push block that has a hook on the again to tug the wooden by way of. That may require me to take the guard off fully, which is one thing I don’t wish to do as a result of I like that the cutter is all the time coated with this guard. The subsequent neatest thing is so as to add extra grip to my palms. I like these particular gloves as a result of they add grip with out a thick barrier like typical utility gloves.
No edge jointing right here. Simply flatten one face and aircraft the opposite flat and parallel.
For all of those cuts I’m utilizing a 3/8” spiral bit. This can be a good time to say that I’m doing a little promoting work for Bits&Bits so if you want to get great quality router bits check them out and use the code JAYBATES15 for 15% off. You need to use that code twice till March of 2020
For this primary piece I needed to point out the lower with out mud assortment so you may see the router bit work. By no means once more! One lower with out mud assortment is all I want to understand good mud assortment. This bit threw materials everywhere. I ought to have stopped it mid lower and put in the mud boot however I let the lower end, cleaned up the mess, and proceeded with the following one.
A lot better. No extra chips and mud spraying in all places.
On all of those cuts I didn’t add tabs to the toolpath. As a substitute I made positive to tug the ring away from the bit because it completed the lower. Though it’s not a giant deal it does save a while coping with tabs. Rinse and repeat for the remainder of the rings.
On the underside ring I didn’t take away the middle waste. As a substitute I simply made a shallow inside perimeter lower to point the place the hole middle will likely be and made a shallow pocket the identical dimension because the lathe face plate. This can enable me to solidly mount the meeting to the lathe and in addition present a lower line for reference, which can make sense once I take away the remainder of the underside later.
Then the remainder of the rings will stack on prime.
And eventually the lazy Susan ring will likely be glued in place. The rabbet within the prime full dimension ring is to find the lazy Susan ring. I may have made the highest ring the identical dimension however doing it this fashion will barely cut back waste whereas on the lathe.
I’m utilizing fast setting glue so I didn’t thoughts doing this in levels. First three pairs had been glued collectively.
Then the underside was added to at least one pair and the opposite two pairs had been glued collectively. I’ll glue these two assemblies collectively whereas on the lathe.
Shortly after that the face plate is added to the underside.
On the highest meeting I forgot to have the CNC lower a middle gap for finding on the lathe dwell middle. So I used the drill press to get as near middle as I may.
The ultimate glue up was completed on the lathe between facilities.
Right here you may see how a lot I used to be off. Not an enormous quantity however I hoped to have every little thing line up a bit higher. A few of that is error in aligning every ring throughout gluing and a few of it’s the tailstock middle gap being drilled by eye and never the CNC machine.
I let the glued up meeting sit on the lathe in a single day whereas I began on the highest platform. For that I used a large part of a weathered ash slab. As I’m trying over the footage of this step I do not know why I selected to convey the slab inside and use a hand noticed vs merely bringing a battery powered round noticed exterior. However anyway, part was cutoff for the highest ring.
The grime within the bark is prone to uninteresting the jointer knives so I first eliminated it on the bandsaw.
Then the part is jointed flat.
And planed parallel. I’ve solely not too long ago used ash for the primary time and it’s rapidly changing into one in every of my favourite woods to work with. It’s cheap, machines simply, stains and finishes simply, and it’s simply lovely.
Not a lot machining is required for the highest. Only a pocket for the lazy Susan mechanism and the perimeter ring.
After the highest was lower out I seen a crack within the piece. This was possible a small examine, or crack, on the tip of the slab that I didn’t see. Because the circle was lower out it possible launched sufficient inner stress within the board that the crack opened up sufficient for me to note it. The answer is to stabilize it by filling it with epoxy.
The subsequent day the turning can start on the bottom. I haven’t turned something shortly so I began with carbide instruments and instantly switched to a bowl gouge.
It took me a couple of minutes to get again into the swing of turning, and I nonetheless notice I’m no skilled. It’s loads of enjoyable however I nonetheless have to take my time. Having the profile and all the dimensions sitting on the lathe with me for reference was fairly useful. I made just a few reference pencil traces on the turning after which simply in contrast it to the scale on the paper.
In fact, very gentle frequent sharpening will maintain the device performing one of the best and lead to a smoother floor on the wooden.
After just a few joyful minutes the turning is completed and the mess has to go. I actually get pleasure from turning and actually dislike the mess it creates. Even with a face defend, shirt, and leather-based apron I all the time really feel so itchy when turning.
Earlier than eradicating the piece from the lathe I utilized a water primarily based brown mahogany stain. That is only a base coat that will likely be coated so I let it actually soak in earlier than wiping up the surplus.
Whereas the stain dries I took the highest platform to the router desk so as to add a roundover on each the highest and backside edge.
Adopted by a bit sanding..
After which the identical water primarily based stain is utilized to the ash prime. This floor is not going to be getting the identical further layers as the bottom so wiping it off quickly is critical in order that the grain remains to be seen.
Again on the lathe the water primarily based stain is dry so I utilized a white water primarily based stain blocker.
Adopted by a white water primarily based polyurethane.
I went again to the highest platform and utilized a pair skinny coats of shellac and whereas these coats dried I jumped backwards and forwards to the bottom to attempt to misery it a bit bit. I wouldn’t contemplate myself good at distressing however I might additionally say I’ve no need to place forth the hassle to get good at distressing a end. However this challenge wasn’t for me so I gave it a shot.
After the shellac dried I may actually see the crammed crack within the prime. It wasn’t an enormous eyesore nevertheless it was distracting to me. Right here’s the place I made a foul judgment choice. As a substitute of leaving it alone I assumed I may overpower the crammed crack distraction with an ornamental distraction.
Pondering it will be a enjoyable twist on the challenge, I carved the phrases Leftovers Are For Quitters on the highest.
This was then crammed with a white pigmented epoxy and I let it sit in a single day.
Now the faceplate can lastly be eliminated and the underside gap lower. That is the place the shallow groove comes into play on the underside because it lets me know the place to chop with the jigsaw.
To mount the lazy Susan a by way of gap is required within the base. Actually just one gap is required, as you may rotate the mechanism to get to the remainder of the screw areas, however I drilled 4 for some motive.
Again to the epoxy lettering on the highest. That is what I had in thoughts for the textual content. A white letter that contrasts properly with the wooden. This is identical white epoxy in a walnut coaster set I made a short time in the past. It turned out nice with no issues.
The epoxy on this challenge didn’t prove nice. It’s fully my fault although. I did not consider the darkish wooden with this challenge was stained darkish. And as I flushed the epoxy with the floor I used to be pressured to re-stain the piece. Whereas re-staining the piece I by chance stained the letters. In the long run it’s a failed try at including a enjoyable spin on the challenge. The bizarre, low distinction lettering is simply as distracting because the crack. However oh effectively. Lets transfer on 🙂
The lazy Susan mechanism is briefly connected to the highest simply to ascertain the screw holes. After which completely connected to the bottom.
With every little thing the wrong way up I can use just a few driver extensions to safe the highest.
And with that, this challenge is completed. Aside from the frustration of by chance staining the white letters on prime I actually loved making this challenge. It was a enjoyable strategy to get again on the lathe and design experiment for a challenge I doubt I might have made alone.
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