In this instructable I take a scavenged beech log and turn it into one of a kind candle holder.
If you are thinking of getting into turning, I can't recommend it enough! I've only been turning approx six months and don't know why I hadn't started sooner!?
Hope you enjoy, because I know I did ;-)
Step 1: Cutting the Log to a Usable Size
I use a workmate with log clamping jaws to secure the log, then cut it to size with my electric chainsaw.
Step 2: To the Lathe
I mount the blank on the lathe using a spur drive and tailstock for maximum grip.
Step 3: Pecking Away.
The blank is obviously quite off balance at this stage, so I carefully peck away the waste wood
Step 4: Speeding Up
Now the blank is more balanced, I can speed up the lathe a little.
Step 5: Making Progress
Now the lathe is running faster I can achieve a better finish and get some proper shavings flying.
Step 6: Making a Tenon
I cut a tenon on the base to fit my chuck, I can now reverse the blank ready for shaping.
Step 7: Taking Shape
I'm not working to a design, I just remove any wood that doesn't look like a candle holder ;-)
Step 8: Finishing Cuts and More
Now that I'm happy with the shape I do some shear scraping to get the best surface finish I can. With that all done I apply ca (superglue) to the edge of the bark to make sure it stays intact, once dry I move onto sanding working my way through the grits.
Step 9: Hollowing.
Now I hollow out the centre, I keep the tailstock in place for as long as I can for extra support, being very careful not to chip away any bark from the rim!
Step 10: Finishing the Recess
Tailstock now out of the way to get the last little bit in the centre.
I use more ca glue on the inner edge of the bark so hopefully that's well secured and not going anywhere.
Step 11: Applying the Finish
I'm using antique pine Briwax, applied with the lathe off, then buffed with it running.
Step 12: Cleaning Up My Foot
Now I've got to reverse the candle holder to remove the tenon. To do this I use a skateboard wheel which just happens to fit perfectly in the recess! I take very light cuts now, because the piece is just jammed between the tailstock and chuck thus could easily go flying!
Step 13: Making My Mark
I'm happy with that! so this one gets my stamp on the bottom ;-)
Step 14: The Finished Piece.
Here is the video of me making my live edge beechwood candle holder,
Hope you enjoy.
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