Turning a very thin finial - 2014 Christmas Ornament Challenge


  • Am Vor 4 years

    The Small WorkshopThe Small Workshop

    Dauer: 8:34

    UPDATE: To my surprise it won second place, thank you Alan and Carl!
    This is my first and most likely only entry to the 2014 Christmas Ornament Woodturning Challenge. I'm going for the chuck, since it will suit well the lathe that I'm using in this video. :)
    I'm turning a miniature ornament, more like an exercise to see how thin can I turn a finial. The "lathe" and tools are home made, but I don't encourage you to use a similar setup, since you still can get hurt, even if the tools are small.
    On this channel I plan to post videos of the usual things I make around my very VERY small shop. Some will be miniatures in dollhouse 1" scale, some will be homemade tools, some will be toys for my daughter and some will be home improvements I make around my family home.
    This is my first video editing experience and I know I have a lot of improvements to make, like explain what I do during the entire process, show the assembly and finishing stages and many more. I'll try to do better in the next videos, once I get a little more experience with the camera and video editing. Thank you for your patience with me!
    Also many thanks to Carl Jacobson and Alan Stratton for organizing this challenge!

    Christmas Ornament (Collection Category)  Finial  woodworking  homemade lathe  micro lathe  miniature lathe  dollhouse christmas  woodturning  wood lathe  wooden christmas ornament  

Custom Design Guitars
Custom Design Guitars

Very nice!!!

Vor 8 Tage
Brion Hall
Brion Hall

Unreal precision. Great job.

Vor 5 Monate
Woodden
Woodden

WOW! outstanding

Vor 7 Monate
Лесной Коп (ЛК)
Лесной Коп (ЛК)

Что это такое?

Vor 10 Monate
Samir Sarkar
Samir Sarkar

It's awesome

Vor 10 Monate
woodturner mark
woodturner mark

What a great job! If you can make another, they can be used as earrings!

Vor year
Max Niebler
Max Niebler

That is not a late this is a rotating pice of wood

Vor year
Angela Mullins
Angela Mullins

absolutely fantastic skill and even more beautiful because of the size....

Vor year
aR M
aR M

Absolutely beautiful. Well deserved award. Admire Your workmanship, craftiness and ability to accomplish such beauty with the most basic of tools. I won't even contemplate this without having a very small Lathe. Perfect addition to our Rosary Beads. Thanks for showing and sharing. ATB aRM

Vor year
Leonardo Escobar
Leonardo Escobar

Increible!!!!!!!......... Whoowwww.....

Vor year
TheWoodWerker
TheWoodWerker

Wow! Absolutely Remarkable! I enjoyed the entire process! Thanks for Sharing! Have A Super Week!.....Gus

Vor year
Sebastian M. B.
Sebastian M. B.

Ese momento en el que necesitas toda la concentración del mundo pero tus minions no paran de hablar...

Vor year
The Bungling Woodworker
The Bungling Woodworker

I don't know if you had ever turned up to this point, whether you have or not doesn't matter, you are bloody talented? So it's only a finger or two wide is that correct? Incredible art!!! Cheers Sean

Vor year
paggodiablo01
paggodiablo01

Now, could you bore  hole down the centre, seriously that was beautiful to watch. you should of been a brain surgeon with those skills

Vor year
Maxx Kroes
Maxx Kroes

Whahahaha, I wanted to blow at my Ipad to blow away the dust on your project :D

Vor year
Omer Sungu
Omer Sungu

Superrrrrr

Vor 2 years
Angel Roberto Sánchez Pérez
Angel Roberto Sánchez Pérez

EXCELENTE

Vor 2 years
Mark Hobster
Mark Hobster

awsome thanks, I have some offcuts from an African blackwood bowl blank that are too thin to even make a pen out of but I really like the tight grain on them, Im glad I saved them now and Ive been looking for a while today what I can make out of them :) Im a noob turner and some of my projects are on my channel but not the african blackwood bowl yet

Vor 2 years
Arklan Uth Oslin
Arklan Uth Oslin

i know this is the small workshop, but dang, man... impressive.

Vor 2 years
Arne Olstad
Arne Olstad

impressing

Vor 2 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you!

Vor 2 years
/ АРХАНГЕЛЬСКИЙ /
/ АРХАНГЕЛЬСКИЙ /

Это вообще что?

Vor 2 years
heriberthuber54
heriberthuber54

The thing in itself is amazing. But when you consider the tools used it is truly spectacular! Very inspirational!

Vor 2 years
heriberthuber54
heriberthuber54

Well, luck IMHO is always a part of turning :-) Impressive nonetheless!

Vor 2 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you! I'm pretty proud of it myself, but watching the video I realize there was also a lot of luck involved.

Vor 2 years
pjsalchemy
pjsalchemy

Wow! Impressive! And then some....Thanks, ~PJ

Vor 2 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you!

Vor 2 years
7SlotFever
7SlotFever

Excellent! And inspiring, thank you for sharing.

Vor 3 years
ElkChaser2009
ElkChaser2009

Super. That is very cool. Great work and video. Thanks for sharing.

Vor 3 years
Karwan Shkur
Karwan Shkur

i like your Dremel very nice

Vor 3 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thanks!

Vor 3 years
Beettlejuice77
Beettlejuice77

Suoerb

Vor 3 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Multumesc!

Vor 3 years
Toby Wilson
Toby Wilson

very impressive

Vor 3 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you!

Vor 3 years
Tappar
Tappar

Wow what a cool idea! I think I'm going to have to copy you but with the drill press :)

Vor 3 years
Tappar
Tappar

Good tip, I was definitely thinking something smaller like this.

Vor 3 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

I've seen plenty of people use the drill press as a lathe, but don't use it for heavy stuff, cause the bearings were not designed for side loads. On the rotary tool they were, since it's commonly used to grind stuff.

Vor 3 years
Kaged Creations
Kaged Creations

wow, that's awesome. Well Done

Vor 3 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thanks!

Vor 3 years
Brains Ironically
Brains Ironically

That's the fanciest toothpick I've ever seen!  LoL Seriously, though... absolutely astounding work.  Someone would be extremely lucky to get something like that as a gift.

Vor 3 years
Ty Wood
Ty Wood

That is awesome! !!!

Vor 3 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

+Ty Wood Thank you!

Vor 3 years
Arte en Torno
Arte en Torno

Fantastico!!!!!. Excelente resultado. Felicitaciones. Un abrazo desde Colombia.

Vor 3 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

+Arte en Torno Thanks!

Vor 3 years
William Branham
William Branham

I haven't seen first place and I'm not a turner but your entry is impressive. I think I will experiment. Thanks for your inspiration. Doc Mebane, NC

Vor 3 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

+William Branham Thank you!

Vor 3 years
Steven Zara
Steven Zara

Great workmanship!!!  What is the material you are turning in this video? Thanks.

Vor 4 years
Steven Zara
Steven Zara

Thank you! I appreciate you getting back to me so quickly. I find your work very inspiring. Keep up the good work.

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

+Steven Zara Thank you! The black wood is recycled Ebony from a broken statue made in Mozambique in the 70's. The body of the ornament is European Plum wood. This is from a branch so that the grain will be in scale with the miniature.

Vor 4 years
Charlie Zellner
Charlie Zellner

Amazing! You are very talented, have good eyes and are also very ingenious! Scary to think of the possibilities in a larger shop with a real lathe!, :-) Charlie

Vor 4 years
Johan Combrinck
Johan Combrinck

+The Small Workshop If you can work this small, you will have a ball of a time on a bigger (better ?) lathe.

Vor 3 years
Clorox Bleach
Clorox Bleach

+The Small Workshop I know this reply is really late, but to whom it may concern, the Jet Mini Lathes are really nice. Minimal vibration, super high torque. Not big at all but you can do all sorts of stuff on them!

Vor 3 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you Charlie! I hope to get myself a lathe this year, the small harbor freight type. I think it will just fit in my shop and in summer I can take it outside. Whether I'll manage to make something worth showing or not remains to be seen, LOL!

Vor 4 years
Greg B
Greg B

Amazing micro work. Just found you on YouTube, and although you have just a few uploads so far, you've impressed me. I'm betting, like myself, your soon to be large fan base would like to more about you as a turner. How long have you been turning, do you always use the Dremel or what appears to be a micro lathe? Do you make your own tools? Things like that. Don't be shy to put yourself in the videos.

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you for your suggestions Greg! I'm still new to this whole youtube thing, so I'll have a lot of improvements to make and every bit of advice helps! :)

Vor 4 years
melkoebes
melkoebes

thank you for replying . I was refering to Queen Ebony  xanshostemon melanoxylon , which is sold here in Australia. This one is very hard 

Vor 4 years
Stuart Davey
Stuart Davey

Beautiful form and nice, delicate work. Kudos!

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you Stuart!

Vor 4 years
Viviana Colombatti
Viviana Colombatti

Muy   hermoso  trabajo, gracias  por  compartir  su arte.

Vor 4 years
Cindy Boehrns
Cindy Boehrns

Absolutely amazing

Vor 4 years
melkoebes
melkoebes

 A true miniature masterpiece , well done .  If it was queen Ebony , who says its very hard  on the tools and tough . You are using a screwdriver instead of HSS .  I like the idea of a floating toolrest regards  Hans Kopp

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you Hans! Don't know what kind of ebony it is, it was recycled from a broken statue that was made in the 70's in Mozambique. It is very dense and doesn't need much finishing since it cuts shiny and smooth, like metal. I have some HSS tools made from drill bits, but haven't noticed a significant difference in wear compared to the screwdriver.

Vor 4 years
Klah Ma'iitsoh
Klah Ma'iitsoh

This is really stunning !!! I wouldn'd have thought about using a Dremel tool as a lathe (although I thought about building a mini-lathe out of a drill). And great job with your "improvised" skew and the exacto knife: this ornament is truely amazingly fine and beautiful !!! May I copy your idea to make my own Dremel-lathe ? For I have very small scraps that I could turn when far from my "real" lathe ? I think you will be good on the contest ;~> Merry Christmas to you and yours !!! Take care, Morgan

Vor 4 years
Klah Ma'iitsoh
Klah Ma'iitsoh

Thank you for your quick reply (unlike mine: I had trouble with my isp...). I'm thinking more and more of building this micro-lathe (I abandoned the idea of the drill-lathe: as you said, too much play). And then I will be able to turn some of my favorite pieces: earrings ! As for the safety, I bought a new faceshield today (for my brother broke my old one [that's why I don't wear one on my video]) and when working with the dremel I always put my safety goggles on. Merry Christmas, Morgan

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you Morgan! Of course you can use the dremel lathe idea, as well as any other thing you might see in my videos. As for drill as a lathe, the drills have too much play in their shaft to be precise lathes. Maybe use the drill to turn a shaft that has bearings on, but then you are getting towards building a lathe. I also want to make a homemade mini lathe and probably will make a video about it. In any case make sure to wear safety glasses, the exacto blades might snap.

Vor 4 years
Thom Lindgren
Thom Lindgren

I think your ornament is beautiful. I was tasked by my partner to make enough ornament to cover our tree. At the size of your project i think i would be dead before the tree was fully decorated. Just kidding... A truly noble entry, good thing do come in small sizes. Merry Christmas from San Diego. Thom

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you very much Thom! Merry Christmas to you too!

Vor 4 years
nefar73
nefar73

Wow now that's tiny

Vor 4 years
bradturbo44
bradturbo44

great work that is fantastic all the best john.

Vor 4 years
michael knowlden
michael knowlden

Going small, the tools were the issue. Not any more. Thanks. ! Awesome work great idea. Have to watch again, how did you sand it. ?

Vor 4 years
Johan Combrinck
Johan Combrinck

+michael knowlden Very carefully i would presume.

Vor 3 years
Stephen Ogle
Stephen Ogle

That is so cool, and Beautiful. Sweet work sir. Good luck in the challenge.

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thanks Stephen! Good luck to you too, from what I've seen so far you're most likely to win. And a lot of people seem to think the same. Amazing work!

Vor 4 years
Loadzofhobbies
Loadzofhobbies

Wow that was brilliant. Didyou turn that beneath a magnifying lens? Incredible work! Atb Ryan

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you Ryan! No, I don't use a magnifying glass because it makes me dizzy. The "lathe" assembly was set on my desk, about the same way you would place a writing paper, so I could see pretty well what was going on.

Vor 4 years
As Wood Turns
As Wood Turns

Very nice and tiny ornament.  Thanks for entering it in the challenge. Alan Stratton

Vor 4 years
As Wood Turns
As Wood Turns

+The Micro Workshop One more detail for the challenge, please send me your email and physical addresses via my website or a private youtube message. Thank you Alan Stratton

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you Alan for organizing this competition!

Vor 4 years
Lars Jönlid
Lars Jönlid

One foul move... ! fantastic love the little thingy !!

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

LOL, yea... after a while I was wondering if I'm not pushing my luck! Thanks!

Vor 4 years
Robert Dumesnil
Robert Dumesnil

That takes talent.... Wow....

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thanks Robert!

Vor 4 years
Bill Davis
Bill Davis

Amazing. Think I got eye strain just watching the video, don't think I could work that small, but now I will have to try it, even if just once. Very fine work.

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you Bill!

Vor 4 years
Carl Jacobson
Carl Jacobson

WOW! That's wonderful! Even with my glasses on, I wouldn't be able to go that small.  Seriously, Fantastic job, I love it! Thank you for entering. 

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you Carl! Thank you and Alan for organizing the competition!

Vor 4 years
Dan Cook
Dan Cook

That's Awesome!!

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you very much Dan!

Vor 4 years
Philip Berry
Philip Berry

Thanks for sharing your video. I know that with my tired eyes I would need magnification just to see what I was doing. Looks great! How did you mount the ball to the chuck for turning?

Vor 4 years
Philip Berry
Philip Berry

+The Micro Workshop OK, now I see the tenon on the other parts. 

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you Philip! All the three pieces were mounted using a tenon I made in the rough turning part, then reversed them, like you do with full scale woodturnings. In the picture with the lathe (scroll around second 15 of the video), you can see the rough pieces in the upper right corner.

Vor 4 years
Andrea Daltro
Andrea Daltro

Maravilhoso... Parabéns.

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Obrigado Andrea! :) Thank you!

Vor 4 years
Yuval Lahav Woodturning
Yuval Lahav Woodturning

That is amazing! very nice skew work, and.. very nice exacto knife work too!! I'm going to have to try that technique sometime soon.. :) Good luck!

Vor 4 years
Yuval Lahav Woodturning
Yuval Lahav Woodturning

+The Micro Workshop Thank you for your kind words! for me it was a first too, and last night was my second, I hope to upload the new video tonight (my time zone), but hey, if I was to choose, yours would be in the top 10, if not 3, but I'm a sucker for miniature work... :)

Vor 4 years
The Small Workshop
The Small Workshop

Thank you Yuval! I'm not expecting to win, or even make it in the top 10 or something, there are lots of great entries, including yours! I did this more like an exercise, wanted to do a video for a while and the contest was a good motivator to start. Good luck to you too!

Vor 4 years

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