A simple suncatcher made from a crystal suspended in an American Cherry ring with English Oak stand
7" diameter American Cherry turning blank
3" square of English Oak
30mm Crystal (eBay)
1 brass nail
Some fishing line
Oil or other polish
Drill + 1mm bit
Step 1: The Ring
- Mount the Cherry blank onto the lathe in your preferred way (I used a screw chuck) and true with a roughing gouge
- Decide on the width of your ring (mine was about 3/4") and mark and part down about 1/2" using a thin parting tool. Ensure you widen the groove as you cut to stop heat build up and marking the wood
- Roll a shallow bead between the face and the parted line
- Apply your finish of choice.
- Once dry place a piece of tap to hold the ring once it is parted in the other direction.
- Using a thin parting tool part the ring off from the face, again doing a relief cut to prevent heat build up and marking the wood.
- Once parted off sand and finish the inside of the ring. I use a mixture of spindle sander and hand sanding
Step 2: The Base
- On the block of oak mark up to cut a groove in the middle to accept the ring.
- There are many ways of cutting the groove out, I opted for holding the block in a clamp and using a mitre saw so as to easily create a contour in the groove to marry with the ring. This could also be achieved with a chisel and mallet.
- Sand and apply finish
Step 3: Assembly
- Drill a small hole to accept a brass nail and use this with a touch of glue to fix the ring into the base
- Then drill two 1mm holes at the top a little either side of centre
- Thread finishing line through the crystal and up through these holes and knot
- Place on a window sill and enjoy the cast rainbow patterns (which proved tricky to photograph)
- A nice pattern is also created by shining a light on the crystal