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    Wood Balls or Spheres

    I saw these somewhere....like this photo....and I thought they were beautiful. How do you turn wood spheres?

    thanks all
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    I saw these somewhere....like this photo....and I thought they were beautiful. How do you turn wood spheres?

    thanks all
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    Thanks Don, you're always such a treasure trove of information. If figured they were turned on lathe which is why I posted it in the Woodturning Forum.
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    yu take and cut them out on the Tsaw first to approx size then keep taking alittle of each flat till it tries to roll away from yu then yu put ti on the sander and sand alittel of each flat with a curved sweep then yu take to the lathe to true it up and fill in the holes that held it on the lathe.
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    Hutch had a post about those last year? Get a block about the size your going to make and glue a waste block on each side. Turn as round as possible leaving the block sides a bit high. Part off the blocks and make to friction chucks, pop in your shelf padding for traction on opposing sides of the high spots...finish rounding! Some guys do them in half's and glue them back together and will add a filler, stone, inlace...what have you, to hide the joint. Hope that helps.
    So when are you getting your lathe so you can use all this info Cynthia
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    There are several ways to do it.

    Here's one I found on YouTube, but there are others there, too...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqi5y...eature=related
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    hey vaughn that guy was using a bowl lathe right? and if so can one of those extend enough to make spindles say 36" long as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    I saw these somewhere....like this photo....and I thought they were beautiful. How do you turn wood spheres?

    thanks all
    Vaughn's video was very interesting... I haven't found it yet, but also saw one where they guy use pvc pipe to make chucks to hold the ball so he could turn both ends and not have to cut the nubs off and resand... can also use the same pvc chucks to turn eggs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    hey vaughn that guy was using a bowl lathe right? and if so can one of those extend enough to make spindles say 36" long as well?
    Yep, the VB-36 is among the best bowl lathes out there. As far as I know though, the "long bed" version can only handle spindles up to 31" long. Most guys who can afford a VB-36 (about $8000 for the short bed model) have enough spare change to buy a conventional lathe for longer spindles.
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    thanks vaughn looks like i will be gettin any round stuff down elsewhere
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