Goblet Gab (Part III)

Now that I have inside of the bowl finished, its time to start on the outside of the bowl of the goblet. As the wood is spinning and my light is shining on the spinning piece, I can determine my angle of attack. Be confident with your cuts around the rim. Once I have started I bring my light down and shine it on the inside of the bowl. This works well as a thickness gauge in lighter woods.

This is what it looks like with my light shining on the goblet. This takes some getting used to but after time it gets much easier.

After I have my thickness where I want it. I take the outside down to this point and stop to sand as I go. If I turned the whole outside at one time it would be to unbalanced to sand effectively. Wet sanding of course.

Once I reach this point, I am sanding the little bit of stem and the bottom of the goblets bowl, I usually put a finger inside the cup and sand lightly. You don't want to press too hard or all your hard work to this point will be over in the blink of an eye.

Once the outside is sanded we must bring the tail stock back up to apply light pressure to inside of the bowl. This is a crucial aspect of the turning. Paper towel works great for cushioning the inside of the goblet.

With the tail stock providing the stability, I can continue turning the stem down to required or desired thickness. I take it in 2 in. sections, then stop and sand accordingly.

This section of stem is sanded and I am ready to move on to the next section. I will finish up on the next episode...

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