Hi. If you have seen any of my previous guides, you will know that I like to do a bit of wood turning. Ive gotten to a point where I can actually pour wood!!!! ;-)
Well not really, but with a little off centre turning you can make it look like you can.
Hopefully you will read on and by the end be inspired to create your own liquid wood.
Step 1: Setting Up Off Centre
Normally you wood set the wood up on the lathe using its centre to try to balance it, but for off centre work you do the oposite, putting the wood at an angle between centres.
This makes for a lot of vibration so ensure that it is firmly held and I stood to one side whenever I started the lathe.
Step 2: Turning the Honey
I messed up the first attempt due to mounting the wood incorrectly. I wanted an S shape so that the wood would look like it was flowing away from the pot, but wound up making a C shape so had to star again.
One other important point, especially if you want to add multiple off centres to a piece and that is to sand each as you go.once you move the wood to another position you may not be able to return it later.
Step 3: Parting Off
I did not cut all the way through, I thought it a little dangerous to try to catch it as it came off. Instead I stopped almost all the way through, at which point I stopped the lathe and twisted the wood apart and then used a chisle to remove the nub of wood left.
With the honey off the lathe I used a handsaw to remove the idea of the top part a sanded the edges until it looked like the wood was flowing over an edge.
Step 4: The Honey Pot
Once on the chuck I cut an approximate shape to the pot as well as starting a cut were the bottom would be.
Step 5: Hollowing Out
Step 6: Sanding and Finishing
Step 7: Glueing and Finishing
Once set the piece was sprayed using a laquer, giving it four coats and lightly sanding between each with a fine abrasive pad.
Step 8: The Finished Piece
Thanks for reading I hope you enjoyed and have a try yourselves.