Inside-Outside Turning

Inside-Outside turning is a unique process where you assemble a wood blank, usually with 4 staves, such that it can be taken apart easily. Then you turn the outside. That completes step 1. Then you disassemble your wood blank and reverse the pieces, putting the first turned outside face to the inside of the blank. You now permanently glue the blank into it final shape and put it back on the lathe. Now you turn the outside again, ending up with a shape that has turning on the inside and turning on the outside.

This process if fun as the inside shapes can be designed beforehand enabling you to create stunning pieces. If you've not tried this fun process, it is well worth looking at!!

 

Making Fancy Ornaments (using Inside-Outside Technique)Making Fancy Ornaments (using Inside-Outside Technique)
By: Ken Grunke
This is one of the best Inside-Outside projects that I've seen. It's clear and precise which is what you need for these semi-complex concepts.

In addition to the turning process, Ken also shows a couple of good alternatives to hangers.

 

Inside Out Woodturning – Making a Heart Shaped PendantInside Out Woodturning – Making a Heart Shaped Pendant
By: Alex Harris
In this project, Alex shows us how he makes an inside-out turning with thin boards. The finished heart shaped pendant would be a wonderful gift.

 

Star OrnamentStar Ornament
By: Denny Wetter
As we approach the holidays, I wanted to make a set of ornaments for my family and friends. And since there were going to be a lot of them, I was looking for ways to make it fast and easy yet something special. I decided to use an inside-outside turning technique to create a unique feature in my ornaments.

 

Inside-out TurningInside-out Turning
By: John Lucas
In this project tutorial, John Lucas explains how an inside/out turning is made and then shows us how to make an attractive candle holder.

 

Inside-Out Profile-Turned TreesInside-Out Profile-Turned Trees
By: Roger Zimmermann
In this photo tutorial, Roger shows us how to make an inside-out turning using a ring turning process. This is an excellent tutorial and can really get your creative juices flowing to consider different techniques and different profiles. This is on not to miss.

 

Turn an Inside Out VaseTurn an Inside Out Vase
By: Ellis Hein
This vase uses the Inside Out technique.

Ellis says, "I build a blank from four billets, stick them together with double sided tape and cut a depression that will form the hollow interior. I then pull the blank apart, turn the pieces 180° and glue them together. I mount this block on the lathe and cut the exterior. As I cut the external shape, I create four openings or windows to the interior where the interior curves intersect with the outer surface."

 

Inside/Outside Angel OrnamentInside/Outside Angel Ornament
By: David Reed Smith
In this detailed photo tutorial, David starts by building a custom chuck for Inside-Outside turnings. Then he proceeds to assemble his blank and cut the inside of his angel. He then rotates the stock (the usual inside-outside method) and turns the final shape of the angel. Lastly, David shows us how he uses a faceplate turning to build a set of wings for the angel.

This project is a little more challenging than most but the stunning results would be worth the effort! If you have an interest in inside-outside turning and are looking for a well documented project, you may have found it!!

 

Hollow Ornaments - Inside Out TurningHollow Ornaments - Inside Out Turning
By: Herman Burghard
In this project, Herman gives us exact dimensions and drawings to be able to duplicate his delicate inside-outside ornaments. He discusses each step along the way and uses line drawings to show us what to expect. He is so clear that he makes this somewhat complex project easy to understand.

 

Inside Out TurningsInside Out Turnings
By: John Lucas
John gives a detailed explanation of all of the steps involved in creating inside out projects. His drawings also help to explain the rotation of the pieces between the two turnings. And the candlestick drawing is a wonderful example of projects that can be made with this technique.

 

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