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6 X 6 X 3 Turning Blanks, What to Make

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by William Rogers, Jan 11, 2021 at 10:51 AM.

  1. William Rogers

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    I have several 6 x 6 x 3 and 6 x 6 x 4 Exotic turning blanks. The only thing I can think of to make from them are a small bowls. The 6 x 6 x4 is pink ivory, a couple of purpleheart, desert ironwood, and mystery wood.
     
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    Seed jars are good option. Lidded bowls might also.
     
  4. robo hippy

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    I think of hollow forms and lidded boxes mostly. You could get some smaller bowls out of them, depending on the grain orientation of the blanks. End grain bowls also possible. They are a bit small to cut into 1/4 lengths and then turn smaller boxes out of, but the smaller ones are better for threaded boxes.

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  5. Dave Delo

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    Offset turning could be another option. Here's one I did a couple weeks ago out of walnut for our local chapter instant gallery.
    ec2.jpg
     
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    I think you have an opportunity to do a bowl design with some height. An umeke form is one thought, or perhaps a nearly spherical bowl with rolly polly bottom. Take a sheet of paper and draw a 6x4 (or 6x3) rectangle, then sketch some bowl cross sections that make use of the box.
     
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  7. William Rogers

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    Thanks. I didn’t know of seed jars. I’ll do one of those and a lidded box. I do have the Axminister eccentric chuck that would make a offset bowl easy to do. Still interested in other ideas.
     
  8. Lawrence Duckworth

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    theses are about 5" dia.
     

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    Hmm, another thought, the 'emerging' bowl concept. I tried a couple after watching a Mike Waldt video about it. It was fun, and different...

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  10. William Rogers

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    Tell me about those tops/finials?
     
  11. Lawrence Duckworth

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    I textured a 2" metal hemisphere and ground a taper on a 1/2"dia. metal rod. welded the two together and glued it to the wood. The ring is 1/8"x1/2" flat (available at HD or lowes) textured, sanded and buffed, ...glued to the wood. The texturing is done with a torch...
    >source for the metal hemisphere..... https://www.kingmetalscatalog.com

    William, I'm reluctant to be more specific without knowing more about your metal working background. Welding with a torch requires another volume of safety knowledge:rolleyes: ... I'd be glad to detail things like that to you privately, email, etc.
     
  12. William Rogers

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    Don’t worry I won’t be trying to duplicate. I have a small wire welder, but not a lot of welding skill. I sold my torch equipment years ago. Just wanted a how/what as they make an impressive turning.
     
  13. Lawrence Duckworth

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    William, I'm not at all worried about duplication. it really is about safety. id hate for someone to read hoe to do it and start a fire. My Daughter is a safety Engineer for a large company and she hounds me all the time:D.... can you tell me the flash point for saw dust?... she can and will:D
     
  14. William Rogers

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    Lawrence, I understand what you are saying. I was a engineer for turbine engines used in helicopters. Safety is #1.
    Your work is just several levels way above. Fascinating to look at.
     
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    oh cool!!! my Dad was machine repair at Prat. they had an open house years ago and the F-16's flew over and went straight up....was fun fun fun!
     
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    I don't know the flash point of saw dust, but love the videos of saw dust cannons on You Tube.... Major POOF!

    robo hippy
     
  17. Lawrence Duckworth

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    I'm "woke" to punkin chunkin :D
     
  18. Bill Boehme

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    Getting back to your original question, I don't have a recommendation for what to make, but I do have a design guideline: Don't let the dimensions of the turning blank determine the form of your project. Beginning woodturners often feel compelled to maximize the use of wood at the expense of good proportions. It's a tough temptation to overcome for a frugal woodturner.
     

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