End Grain Vessel with Pewter Rim

The blank selected should be approximately 4” x 4” x 6”.  The grain should be orientated such that it runs parallel to the lathe.  It is important that the blank is dry.

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Mount the blank between centers.  Turn it round, square off the end by the tailstock and turn a tenon to match your chuck.  (In the first image, I have a steb center mounted in my chuck jaws)

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Turn the blank around and mount in the chuck jaws.  True it up and square off the end.

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Cut groves in the end face of the blank to form a mold into which the pewter will be cast.

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The image above shows a section through the blank, illustrating the dovetail which holds the pewter to the blank.

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The image above shows the pewter being poured from the electric melting pot.

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True up the face of the blank.
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Turn the first inch of the exterior of the vessel.  Clean up the pewter using a skew as a negative rake scraper.  Cut a small chamfer on the top lip of the pewter rim using the skew in the same manner.

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Using the long point of a skew, cut a small bevel to clean up the junction between the wood and the pewter.  Then embellish the rim using a texturing tool.

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The image above shows the exterior of the pewter rim.

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Using a detail gouge, hollow out the first inch of the vessel.

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Again using the skew as a negative rake scraper, clean up the top of the rim and cut a small chamfer on the inside lip of the rim.

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The pewter rim is now complete.

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Turn most of the exterior of the vessel, leaving some bulk at the base to add stability when hollowing.

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Drill a hole to the final depth and then hollow out the interior.  In the image on the right I am using a Termite tool to hollow with, but you could also do the hollowing with a detail gouge.

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A negative rake scraper can be used to smooth out the interior of the vessel.

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The exterior of the vessel is now turned to completion and sanded.  It is a good idea to protect the pewter rim with some blue painters tape while sanding.  The vessel is then parted off with an undercut.

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A tenon is then formed on the remainder of the blank to form a jam chuck in order to finish off the underside of the vessel.

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The completed end grain vessel with pewter rim.

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