Your kitchen is probably going crammed with objects that might change into woodturning initiatives. Lately, I noticed my spouse utilizing a plastic funnel and determined to problem myself to show one out of wooden. I began by quite a lot of already-made funnels. Some are tall and slender, a form you may want for pouring cooking oil from a big bulk container to a smaller, on a regular basis one. Others are broad with an extended stem, the sort you may use to pour gasoline into your garden mower. And yet one more sort is small with a brief, slender spout, the dimensions you would use to fill a saltshaker.
Irrespective of their use, funnels will be made into stunning, purposeful shapes. Plus, they make pretty kitchen shows when not in use. This mission is about each the helpful and the attractive.
No matter what funnel form you select, the essential steps for making one are the identical. Any hardwood will work, and the one instruments you want are a spindle-roughing gouge, a parting instrument, and a element gouge.
The aim of the instance mission on this article was to show a funnel 4″ (10cm) tall by 2″ (5cm) broad. I began with a clean of maple 6″ (15cm) lengthy and 21/2″ (6cm) broad. I recycled mission wooden from a damaged baseball bat.
The Turning Course of
This funnel is an endgrain turning mission, so the wooden grain is oriented parallel to the lathe mattress. I mounted the clean between facilities and used a spindle-roughing gouge to show the wooden right into a cylinder. I then shaped a tenon and remounted the workpiece in a scroll chuck.
Utilizing a drill chuck mounted within the tailstock, drill a 1/4″- (6mm-) diameter gap 4″ deep. I take advantage of tape to mark the depth of the outlet on the drill bit.
After making certain the inventory is held tightly within the scroll chuck, true the top of the workpiece with a minimize throughout the endgrain. Then start to kind the opening for the mouth of the funnel. For these cuts, I take advantage of a small element gouge with a fingernail grind and a 45-degree bevel.
Maintain the instrument shaft parallel to the lathe mattress (horizontal), and rotate the flute counterclockwise to a closed place (going through left a bit greater than 90 levels from vertical). Begin on the gap opening and calmly pull the instrument outward and to the left. With out tailstock assist, the wooden is simply supported on the drive finish, so take mild, intentional cuts with a pointy instrument. I proceed this endgrain hollowing to a depth of three″ (8cm).
Now I’m prepared to start shaping the outside, and for this course of, I assist the work by sliding the tailstock fitted with a cone heart into the funnel’s inside. The aim in shaping the outside is to chop the wall thickness to three/16″ (5mm), whereas making the skin of the wall parallel to the inside wall.
That is additionally an excellent time to start shaping the stem of the funnel. To do that, I usually use a parting instrument with the innovative held barely askew.
After finishing the outside form, I take advantage of a slender parting instrument to half off the funnel. This permits me to rotate the funnel 180 levels, remount it in a jam chuck, and make the ultimate cuts.
A bonus of rotating and remounting the funnel on a jam chuck is which you could simply align the funnel’s gap again to heart. As a result of the outlet is lengthy and was drilled with a slender drill bit, it might need wandered off heart throughout drilling.
This may be corrected by inserting the reside heart into the funnel gap whereas holding the alternative finish in place on a jam chuck. With this realignment, you may minimize away any wobble and put the outlet again into the middle of the funnel.
One final element choice is so as to add chatter work. I selected to chop a small band of chatter close to the highest and coloration it with a everlasting marker. This refined element places the mission into the helpful and exquisite classes.
I like to make use of an oil end on my funnels, reminiscent of linseed or mineral oil. Now search for extra woodturning mission concepts in your kitchen.
Tim Heil was launched to woodturning in junior highschool woodshop in 1966. He joined the AAW and the Minnesota Woodturners in 2002, and that put his woodturning abilities in excessive gear. His favourite wooden is curly maple.