This week’s wood turning projects.
Some quick turning projects to help you build up your inventory. Some of these projects do require kits in order to complete them. There is a coffee cup, wooden scoop, coffee scoop kit, turning captive rings, and how to turn a baby rattle with a captive ring. Enjoy.
What could be more satisfying than drinking that first cup of coffee from a mug that you turned yourself.
I would use the tail stock as additional support to clean up the bottom of the cup until there was just a little bit left to turn off. Do not expand your jaws too much to hold the cup when you reverse it or you could split the sides of your mug. Remember the mug would not be dishwasher or microwave safe. Even though you will be finishing the outside of the mug it would be a good idea to use a food grade finish anyway.
You can find a 16oz travel mug turning kit on-line. It gives you the coffee cup insert, lid, and instructions on how to turn the project from either solid wood or a segmented form.
Turned wooden scoops are very useful in the kitchen.
The scoop turned in this video is quite chunky. Since a scoop is quick, easy to turn, and doesn’t use a lot of wood, a little practice will produce a pleasing shape in no time.
Wooden scoops are tricky to make if you want a specific amount in the scoop.
To make a scoop for measuring coffee you can purchase the scoop then turn a wooden handle.
Captive rings are a great puzzle for the non-wood turner. This video shows one method of turning a ring on a small barbell shape.
Captive rings can be turned on any spindle project such as a wine goblet or a crochet hook.
A captive ring tool makes it easy to turn the rings.
A Turned Wooden Baby Rattle
A turned wooden baby rattle is a beautiful natural toy. Made out of wood there is no fear of bpa ingestion. This one uses a captive ring as the rattle.
Remember the rattle needs to be safe for children to use.
Safe dimensions for a turned wooden baby rattle.
It is important to make the rattle large enough that it will not pose a choking hazard. If you are making captive rings on the rattle then they need to be large enough that they couldn’t be easily chewed through or broken. I would recommend a good hardwood with tight grain.
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What wood turning projects have you been working on? Leave me a comment.