Online Class

Multi-Axis Woodturning: Creating a Vessel


Elevate your woodworking repertoire with essential woodturning techniques and create a stunning multi-axis vessel you’ll be proud to show off!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Michael Roper

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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.
2. Mounting the Second Axis
3. Beginning to Hollow
4. Hollowing Techniques
5. Creating a Reverse Jam Chuck
6. Finishing Your Vessel
7. Round Bottom Variation

Taught by

Michael Roper
Michael Roper
Michael Roper is a professional woodturner and woodturning instructor, as well as a third-generation carpenter. When he’s not teaching woodturning classes in the Fine Woodworking Program at Red Rocks Community College, Michael leads workshops, demonstrations and a variety of other classes throughout the Denver, Colorado, area. Additionally, his work has been featured in Woodturning Magazine and American Woodturner.
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