For this project, I will be using AutoDesk Inventor to design and render my part before touching chisel to wood. This will allow for an easy visualization of the process, as eccentric turning can be counter-intuitive. Once refined, the 2D profiles rendered in Inventor can be cut or printed and used as a template for turning the final piece.
This piece is an abstract human figure, which could be a model for a statuette or a hood ornament. One particularly unique application for eccentric turnings are fancy sweeping furniture legs. I do my woodturning using the lathe at TechShop.
Step 1: Tools
- A large gouge chisel
- A paring chisel
- A lathe
Step 2: Design the Profiles
* note: you do not need to draw your profiles on the same plane, I am doing that here because I want my final part to be symmetrical.
Step 3: Revolution no. 1
Step 4: Revolution no. 2
Step 5: Refinement
Step 6: Exporting the Profiles
Step 7: Start Turning
Pertaining to the preparation of the piece, a precise prism of paired planks, I prefer pristine poplar, often parenting purple patterns and performing pleasingly when planed or pared.
Step 8: Now for the Eccentric Part
You're not insane, you're eccentric!