I started it on a screw chuck mounted on the top side. I flattened the bottom and glued on (paper joint) an auxiliary faceplate – one large enough to use for the offset too. It was then mounted on a faceplate, turned round, and given some curved shape.
Having a curved upper surface, the blank needed to be tilted as well as being offset to turn the recess for the walnut rim. Using a parting tool, I removed enough timber but kept the hole for the center chuck.
I turned a ring of walnut to fit snugly and glued it in with epoxy. When the glue was set, I turned away the unwanted bits of walnut. Flip it over and back on the screw chuck.
Turn the bottom surface to the desired shape removing any surplus auxiliary faceplate. Flip it over again, mounting it on a faceplate turning centrally. Shape the top surface and hollow out the inside.
This was the same as turning through a 50mm hole, but you do get to see what’s going on inside. The grooves were routered using guiding templates. I used spray lacquer to finish it.
Artist: Denis Tapley
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