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Intermediate Woodturning Project: Pierced Ornament - page 3

choosing wood for the top and bottom, making tenons

a piece of bird's eye maple

I chose a piece of bird's eye maple and marked off a rough idea of top and bottom of the ornament to give an idea of needed length.

 mounted between centers

The length is cut, mounted between centers and

roughed out top and bottom

turned round, leaving a tenon for the chuck at either end and a rough tenon on each piece in the center. It has also been partly separated in the center and will later have the two ends cut free on the band saw. Note that this is a regular center in the chuck. A four jaw chuck will hold a tapered center easily, giving you a choice of #1 or #2 Morse taper.

the top is mounted in the chuck

The pieces are separated and the top is mounted in the chuck. The tenon is turned to closely fit

undercut the surface of the top

the sphere. The mating surface of the top is undercut to give a good fit.