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I don’t often get a request for wooden spheres – in fact I can’t remember ever making something like this , at least not as big as these.  A contractor asked us to reproduce a number of large wooden balls to fill the “kick space ” under the receptionist desk in the reception area of a children’s clinic.  They were to be painted as seen in the original desk seen below.

Reception Ball

Reception Ball

The balls measured 11 5/8″ diameter and were turned from poplar.  Below are some of the balls during and after finish sanding:

large wooden balls

Finished Spheres

ready to ship

ready to ship

 

Video of turning the spheres:

 

 

One of my customers needed several replacement balusters for her stair project in New York. After sending me an original, we carefully made a CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawing and then had the templates cut by a local company with a laser CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine. You should be able to see the 8 lighter colored balusters near the bottom of the stairway.  If memory serves me these were crafted from cherry.  After finishing the balusters should blend in quite well.

baluster reproduction

baluster reproduction

Large Wood Turning

 

This is the result of having too much time on your hands.  The sectional vase came about during the winter of 2012 when works tends to slow down.  I began looking at some Youtube videos of what others had done (with too much time on there hands).  The vase is made from gluing 28 rings of twelve pieces.  After making the 28 rings I then glued them together in groups of four (seven groups of four).  After mounting the first group on the lathe I turned the outside of the group and then the inside.  After finishing the first group I then added the second group and repeated the process.
This is certainly not the thing that I normally do and would probably go into bankruptcy if I continued to pursue this line of work.  Nevertheless it was enjoyable and will make a nice addition to my home .

large sectional vase

large sectional vase

Large Sectional Vase

Large Sectional Vase


poplar rope moldings

alder rope moldings

These 4 inch wide rope moldings were made for a customer in CA.  The images are taken of the three footer and the  eight footer.  There was also a 6 footer and 4 footer.  The longer molding was made in poplar to be painted.  The shorter piece was from alder.  To make these the two halves were glued with news paper between.  After the pieces were turned and roped one simply has to use a hammer and chisel to split them with little trouble.  Presumably these will be used to apply to cabinet fronts.  Should look great.

One of the realities about the footprint of any staircase design is that it takes up a lot of space.  One of the solutions to this reality is to incorporate usable storage beneath the stairs.  The Diylife.com has an article on making this possible.  The image they they have used is reason enough to go there to read the article.  One of the first projects I ever worked on was to add a drawer system into the space under a stairway.  You’ll find some practical ways to do this yourself or hire someone else to do it here: Stair Storage

If you are really into stair design and stair ideas like I am you will get a “fix” on your addition at pushpullbar.com. This site is about architecture and design but has quite a huge number of posts related to stairs. Most of the stair posts, I should add, are “modern” in style and will turn traditionalist off. But even traditionalist should come away with a few clever ideas that will work into the traditionalist mind set. You can see their site here: Pushpullbar.com

Hooked on Houses has a posted an interesting set of stairway possibilities.  These “possibilities” are not for the faint of heart but may give you some creative ides on finishing your staircase.  The finishing ideas are not ,in fact, painted but peel and stick paper that can be easily removed and changed to a different pattern.  You can view the images at their blog and the peel and stick material at Sticviews.com

Pictured below are a number of Spanish cedar balusters made for a renovation project. You can see the original in white paint to the left. They measure 3 1/2 inches in diameter and are about 30 inches long. The shoulders on the top and bottom are square. (shoulders are the transitional area between the square section and the turned section).

Spanish Cedar balusters

Spanish Cedar balusters

I made these rope twisted columns for a customer in Florida. As you can see they are hollow, turned from staved hollow octagons. By the way that is my youngest son in the picture. The Youtube video has at present over 40,000 views.
The poplar columns were actually designed to be a part of a rather large bed for the customer of my customer. I would have loved to see the final project and to post it but you don’t always get want you want.

rope twisted columns

rope twisted columns

rope twisted columns

rope twisted columns

I love it that I snapped the picture right when my son had received a call.

The Youtube video follows:

In my last post I discussed column mantel surrounds and a few specific related ideas. In this post I would like to discuss the pilaster style mantel surround and some of the possibilities related to pilasters. Defined, a pilaster is: a slightly-projecting column built into or applied to the face of a wall most commonly flattened or rectangular in form. Pilasters are commonly designed to simulate the column on a building. As such many are designed with the same sort of fluting you would see on a Greek or Roman column. Some of the ornamental elements used in pilaster style mantel surrounds include corbels, scroll centers, drops, rosettes. Plinth blocks and capitals are useful for completing the pilaster columns. They help to simulate the Greco Roman classic look.

pilaster_mantel

The mantle above displays the simple pilaster type mantle surround, The pilasters are capped with bandsawn brackets though carved corbels could be used here.

shallow_pilaster_mantel

What is neat about the pilaster mantel surround above is that the bracket (or corbel) overlays the pilaster quite a bit unlike the first image where the bracket overlays just the top of the pilaster. The corbel below would make quite an impression mounted on this style mantel surround.

36" high X 9" deep X 10 3/4" wide

36 inch high X 9 inch deep X 10 3/4 inches wide

shallow_pilaster_mantel_w_corbels

And lastly the pilasters on the mantel surround below are offset by 45 degrees. Note also that the top of the opening around the firebox is an “eyebrow” arch – a nice touch I think.

angle_pilaster_eyebrow

OK this is really my last design: I thought I would add this wrap around style pilaster mantel surround. It is similar to the column type wrap around in the first article except the pilasters make up the corners instead of the columns. Lots of possibilities here as well for ornamentation including fluting, carved appliques (or wood onlays), recessed panels, etc

wrap around pilaster mantel surround

wrap around pilaster mantel surround

Hopefully if you are indeed in the beginning stages of designing and building a mantel surround then these brief articles have been a help. If so let me know your thoughts.