Follow along and I'll show you how I made this inside-outside vase with maple on my lathe.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Step 2: Glue and Clamp the Blank
It is extremely important to ensure these are glued square. There can be no slipping or sliding. So when you are clamping, place the clamp pads on the separation line squeezing all the blanks centered to one-another. once you have them held in place square, add a couple more clamps to get even pressure across the blank.
Wait about an hour and unclamp the blank. Tear off as much of the paper as you can and scrape any glue off the blank.
Step 3: Mount It to the Lathe
Now place the drive spur into one end and using a hammer, pound it in about 1/8" deep.
NOTE: If you have a 4 prong drive spur, make sure you don't place the blades on the glue lines. This will separate the blanks and ruin the project.
Now, mount the blank between centers on the lathe.
Turn the blank to the desired shape. DO NOT TURN THE WHOLE THING ROUND! leave at least 1.5" on each end square. This is what will be glued after the separation.
Once you have the desired shape turned, sand it all the way to 400 grit.
Then remove it from the lathe.
Step 4: Seperate the Blank and Re-glue
Now one blank at a time, turn them 180 deg making the outside of the turned piece the inside. Glue and clamp these together ensuring a good square glue-up. Also make sure the ends are flush with each-other.
Let this sit for an hour to dry.
Step 5: Finish Turn the Desired Outside Shape
Sharpen your gouge and scraper. I used the gouge and turned the blank round and shaped it to my desired vase shape.
Now its time to drill a hole in the tail end of the piece (the mouth of the vase). I started with a 1/8" bit and went all the way up to 1/2", using 3 bits to step up the hole. It is much easier to drill this 1/2" hole if you have a smaller hole to guide the bit.
Now using my round nosed scraper I finalized the shape and defined the mouth of the vase.
I then sanded the piece from 80 thru 400 grit.
Sanding this piece is a bit tricky. You can sand the entire piece like normal on the lathe, but the long skinny pieces require a bit more attention. I stop the lathe after each grit and hand sand the long skinny legs of the vase with the grain.
Finally, using my sharpened parting tool I parted the base of the vase from the chuck and removed it from the lathe. Sand the bottom up to 220 grit and get ready to finish it.
Step 6: Finish the Vase
You can get very creative with these pieces and they will always turn heads!
Thanks for looking!