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post #1 of 6 Old 12-04-2011, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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A turner's nightmare

Has anyone tried turning a "Banksa" Pod without launching it off your lathe?.
I can't hold my breath for that long and my face shield has enough scrapes on it from flying objects from my lathe.
I have one more "pod" that I want to try and make a gobblet out of to " challenge my skills & patience"
I have seen some small turned pieces and I have done one small candle holder, but nothing bigger, I might have to invest in some full body armor as one of these flying off the lathe could do some serious "body damage" and mama would take away another toy/tool
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They are very hard but I have never lost one. I after the first one I started wearing a tight glove on my left hand. Those shards and seeds can draw blood quickly. I made a bud vase and several other items and always just turned between centers.
As hard as the pods are I dont think I want to try a goblet. I assume you will turn the goblet and stem and then use a different wood for the base?
I have one I never finished so I may use it to make a Christmas ornament. It is just a two inch ball now. I was going to mount it on a pedestal and turn rings (maybe what Saturn would look like from Australia).

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin
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I've turned an awful lot of them into all kinds of things. It's just a good hard wood. Take small cuts with a sharp tool.
To turn a goblet I would mount it between centers. Then either turn a tenon on one end for your chuck or part it most of the way through so you have a flat surface to glue to. Cut off any little tenon left.
This should be the bottom of the goblet. Now shape the outside of the goblet bowl but leave it thick near the stem. Now hollow the bowl. Then turn the stem and top of the foot. The last thing you do is turn the bottom of the goblet until there is a very small tenon. Then just carve this off.
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I've turned a number of banksia pods and never had one come off. I start by bandsawing off a bit from each end so I have a flat area about the size of a 50 cent piece so my steb centers have a place to bite into. They make great candleholders. You can turn a pair of stems from one pod and use a constrasting wood for the bases. It sands well and a spray finish (aerosol can) works well.
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Canary wood bases? Those look nice.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Canary wood bases? Those look nice.
Yes they are. Those were a couple of scrap cutoffs left over from a project.
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