Woodturning Wizardry

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Spheres within spheres, stars within cubes, delicate lattices with no apparent means of suport - woodturners over the centuries have developed a whole range of extraordinary structures which seem at first sight to be quite impossible. In fact, all of these things can be made by anyhone with basic woodturning skills, an ordinary lathe and simple hand tools - and this book shows you how.

A best-seller when first published in 1993, the book has been thoroughly revised for this new ...

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Overview

Spheres within spheres, stars within cubes, delicate lattices with no apparent means of suport - woodturners over the centuries have developed a whole range of extraordinary structures which seem at first sight to be quite impossible. In fact, all of these things can be made by anyhone with basic woodturning skills, an ordinary lathe and simple hand tools - and this book shows you how.

A best-seller when first published in 1993, the book has been thoroughly revised for this new edition, with colour photography throughout. Stunning new 3-D illustrations show cutaway views of the work in progress, making the instructions even easier to follow than before.

Projects described in detail include:
- Arrow through bottle
- Lattice-lidded boxes
- Lattice pomander
- Sinapore ball
- Spiked star in sphere or cube
- Captive cube in sphere
- Lidded box in sphere
- Chinese balls
- Chinese rings
- Pierced sphere
- Interlocking spheres

Introductory chapters describe the equipment required - much of which you can make yourself - and give advice on wood selection, setting out the work, and turning the basic shapes.

A former woodwork teacher, David Springett has been a professional turner for more than 20 years now. Specializing at first in lace bobbins, he became increasingly attracted to more experimental work, such as the seemingly impossible pieces described here. He is also the author of Adventures in Woodturning.

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"Beautifully illustrated with color photography of the works in progress, making it very easy to understand and follow." —Mike Jones, Woodturners of North Texas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565232792
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 191
  • Sales rank: 1,134,932
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Springett's interest in turning began when he was a woodwork teacher. By reading every one of the few books then available, by practising, experimenting and persevering, he slowly improved his skills.

David and his wife Christine successfully ran the British College of Lace, providing lacemaking courses and producing videos and books. They became experts in the identification and classification of nineteenth-century East Midland lace bobbins and their makers. The results of their research provided the basis for their book Success to the Lace Pillow, which is used by auction houses as the authority on this subject.

At the end of a working day, spent turning highly decorated lace bobbins in the traditional English style, David would allow himself the relaxation of experimental turning. From this developed his fascination with the apparently impossible and somewhat improbable in turned wood. This led him to the discoveries featured in this book, and in his equally intriguing Adventures in Woodturning.

He is on the Register of Professional Turners maintained by the Worshipful Company of Turners of London.

David Springett is the author of Adventures in Woodturning, Turning Lace Bobbins, and Woodturning Trickery.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the first edition 8
Foreword to the revised edition 9
Health and safety 10
Introduction 11
Preparation
1 Wood 14
2 Making jigs and chucks 20
3 Toolmaking 34
4 Turning spheres 40
5 Setting out the surface of a sphere 44
Projects
6 Arrow through bottle 50
7 Lattice circles 58
8 Offset lattice lid 64
9 Box with domed lattice lid 72
10 Lattice pomander 86
11 Singapore ball 96
12 Spiked star in cube 102
13 Spiked star in sphere 110
14 Captive cube in sphere 120
15 Lidded box in sphere 130
16 Chinese balls 142
17 Chinese rings 156
18 Pierced sphere 164
19 Interlocking spheres 170
Gallery 182
Further reading 188
Metric conversions 189
Index 190
About the author 192
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2006

    Here comes the Wiz!

    David Springett has brought together a set of clear, step by step instructions to build jigs that make the unthinkable thinkable, and the impossible possible. If you are interested in lattice turning, spheres, Chinese balls and rings, interlocking spheres, and many other mind blowing turnings, then this book is a must read. The most amazing project is the turned box inside a sphere. The projects are step by step and fully illustrated with clear well taken photograps. Springett also includes clear instructions on how to make the tools needed to make the lattice cuts and undercuts needed with the various spherical turnings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2005

    Great ideas on fixture building

    David Springett has done a very good job of mixing tool and fixture building with full project details. Even though I may not try all the complete projects in the book, I did glean good information on fixtures building that I will utilize now. I especially liked the radius turning fixture and hollowing tools. I tend to buy woodturning books for technical information and inspiration rather than project ideas for myself. I have already used some of the techniques on my lidded boxes. I would recommend this book to any woodturner as an asset to their library.

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