I am in the process of
learning how to make ornaments using the “Inside-out“ method.
This is the first piece that I have managed to actually finish
without ruining it at some stage.
This is easier to explain
with pictures. First here is a picture of a completed ornament.
Start by cutting pieces of
wood into perfectly square ¾” strips. Usually 2 contrasting woods
are used. The pieces can be as long as you like. Three inches long
works well for a first piece.
These are glued
together and then cut so that four pieces are finally glued
together. It is important to glue only a very small amount at each
end of the pieces so that they can be separated later.
It is important that the 4
corners come together as close as possible. Then drill the centers
and mount it in the lathe.
I found that a cup center
is better because a point center tends to split the joints when
pressure is applied.
Then turn a pattern that
you like. Anything will do. Be sure to sand this smooth now. After
the piece is turned inside out it is too late.
Here is another picture of
the first part of the turning.