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Multi-Axis Woodturning

Creating a Vessel

with Michael Roper
Elevate your woodworking repertoire with essential woodturning techniques and create a stunning multi-axis vessel youll be proud to show off!

Create an eye-catching and deceptively simple multi-axis vessel! Get the chips flying with professional woodturner and instructor Michael Roper as you master offset measuring and learn how to safely turn a spindle. Michael will walk you through mounting your second axis, showing you how to make air cuts and secure your vessel into a four-jaw chuck. Then, use a Forstner drill bit to remove wood in the center of your piece and carefully shape the neck. Learn expert hollowing techniques, such as how to use a straight cutter for bulk material removal. Next, find out how to use a bent cutter to clean up the shoulder, and make a caliber to test for wall thickness to avoid punching through! Finally, work with your lathe to create a reverse jam chuck and finish your elegant piece by blending cuts and sanding your vessel for a smooth-as-silk result. You’ll even find out how to create a round-bottom variation of this remarkable vessel. 

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Lesson 1. Introduction & Getting Started

  • Meet your instructor, Michael Roper, and get started making your own vessel with an offset opening. First, Michael will show you how to measure for center and how to create an offset, which you'll use when hollowing out your vessel. Then he'll demonstrate how to round the blank and make the first shaping cuts, offering tips about tools and lathe speeds along the way.


Lesson 2. Mounting the Second Axis


Lesson 3. Beginning to Hollow


Lesson 4. Hollowing Techniques


Lesson 5. Creating a Reverse Jam Chuck


Lesson 6. Finishing Your Vessel


Lesson 7. Round Bottom Variation

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