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Easter egg

An Easter egg ready to be hatched. It's a fun quick challenge to get the egg shape right. Wife and son get to paint them.

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Nice looking egg. Great practice at getting the curves right. Great skew practice. Cool way to display wood samples, as you get long grain, end grain and 1/4 sawn vies all in one piece.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Thanks. In past eggs I used nicer woods and kept them natural finished and buffed them, but today they were going to be painted so the poplar log off the firewood pile was what I happened to grab. Today I used the skew to plane down and shape a wooden morse taper, but I mostly used a detail gouge for the egg itself - I was going more for speed than practice. The nice part was that they were done pretty quickly and I worked with more casual confidence than I did in the past.
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post #4 of 14 Old 03-04-2012, 03:38 PM
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Nice Egg
I cannot make one
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Robert, keep trying. The first thing you realize when you start trying to turn an egg is that you really don't know what a real egg is shaped like - they're different than you tend to remember, almost pointy. But as far as requirements they're pretty easy, if you turn a morse taper out of the wood you don't need a chuck or anything but your favorite gouge.
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I learned to make these using a jam chuck. There is also sweet little layout gauge you can easily make to help with proportion. I think I still have one. If so I'll post pics, details later for those who might be interested.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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How would you do it with a jam chuck?
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The jam chuck was just used for final clean up and sanding of the parting off cut.
Here's a pic of the template. It's 2 3/4" long with a notch cut at
1 1/8". The hole is a 2" diameter forstner bit. This is for a final egg of 2" x 2 5/8". You can use this to get your blank to the right diameter and also to proportion the 2 ends of the egg.
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That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Oh I see. That would be a bit tricky for me - my eggs have been varying sizes and I just shape them by eye. Would be a different story if I was trying to make a bunch the same shape.
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I part off the waste and sand as much as I can with the egg spinning on the wooden MT. Then I part down the end attached to the MT down to almost nothing and sand again on the lathe. Then I carefully part that off with skew or detail gouge (supporting it with my hand as it comes off) and then it takes just a few swipes with sandpaper to get rid of the mark from that tiny connection.
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I like that method, may have to try it.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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very nicely done
i haven't turned one in a while they are great for lerning tool control
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The real trick is when you're not using the tailstock to make sure the wooden MT is jammed in the headstock nice and tight and then keep the cuts/pressure going towards the headstock as much as possible. I actually turned two today and the first one (pictured) stayed nice and tight the whole time, the second one kept wiggling out of the headstock and I had to stop and catch it. If I had a cup center I probably would have put it in place as a failsafe.

I made a guide for turning the MT with a bottom piece of wood which I glued one perpendicular piece, then grabbed of on my drive centers and used it as a guide to glue a second piece of wood to form a MT#2 shaped gap. I used hot glue to do this gluing so it took minutes to make. Then I trimmed it all nice on the bandsaw just because. I use the skew in scrape mode to shape the MT because it's easier to form a nice straight taper. A week ago I hosted a shop meeting of my local woodturners group - the project was mini candle holders. The guy who did most of the teaching had suggested the turned MT approach instead of a chuck, not having a chuck spinning around can be less intimidating for some, plus some of the members don't have a chuck yet so this let them go home and play that day without needing to buy anything more. I had forgotten about the wooden MT approach and remembered today I had used it before to turn eggs.
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I had ordered my first set of acrylic paints to decorate turning projects and had a flash of inspiration for last weeks egg. Every family needs their nest egg...
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