Miniatures

Making tiny turnings is a good way to develop tool control while still getting a popular turned item. If you make the miniature turning in 1:12 scale, it will be considered proper for collectors of miniatures including doll houses.

Most anything can be turned miniature. Think of: goblets, plates, vases, lamps and more!

 

Turning a Halloween BathouseTurning a Halloween Bathouse
By: Dave Best
In this project, Dave Best conducted a demonstration at the Timp Woodworkers Association in Utah. He turned his popular miniature Bat-House Halloween ornaments. You can read the text of the project in the left column and see pictures of each step by clicking the images in the right column which then open to a larger size.

 

Turning MiniaturesTurning Miniatures
By: Charlie Belden
Turning miniatures is not harder than turning full sized pieces, it just takes tool control, patience, smaller tools and a good magnifier.

With that in mind, I encourage your to consider adding miniatures to your turning repertoire. You'll be amazed at how many people appreciate these miniature turnings!

This month's Featured Project is from Charlie Belden who turns a wide range of items and is an extremely creative engineer of all things related to turning.

In this project, Charlie shows a wide range of the miniatures that he turns. then he shows us how to turn a miniature bowl from a dowel. Of course, as turners we all know how to make round spindles which are dowels and allow you to use any type of wood that you prefer or have handy.

Then Charlie shows us the tools that he uses and explains how to make your own tools so that you don't need to purchase anything special.

And lastly, Charlie shows us how to turn a miniature "cookie jar" which can be viewed as a box with a top!

With this core knowledge you can start your miniature turning fun.

 

Acorn OrnamentsAcorn Ornaments
By: Bob Rosand
In this reprint from the AAW American Woodturner magazine, Bob Rosand shows us how to make an acorn ornament. He goes through each step in detail which should enable you to duplicate his process leading to a successful result.

Bob also challenges you to attempt a smaller version and shows the acorn ornaments in earring size. As a lover of miniature turnings, this is an exciting project!

 

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