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Offline willstewart

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banana
« on: May 24, 2024, 08:15:30 AM »
Not original or that remarkable but a bit of fun for a club (Tudor Rose) competition for 'a piece of fruit' (it did win a prize!).

For anyone who has not seen this the process is to turn a toroid (from beech in this case) with the appropriate cross section which is then cut radially into 3, of which this is one segment.  Then use a jig to hold the piece on a chuck to turn the ends.  This gives tapered but round cross section ends (unlike an actual banana where the 4/5 sided section persists towards the ends) so some further shaping is needed - in my case using a small diameter (50mm) drum sander mounted on the lathe.  Note that the drum sander is also useful to smooth the inevitable rough inner edge on the detached toroid.

Offline Bill21

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Re: banana
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2024, 11:27:22 AM »
Nice job. I’ve seen a yellow wood species somewhere that would be ideal for Bananas.

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Re: banana
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2024, 05:27:41 PM »
Thanks!  And mulberry wood is bright yellow and I do have some from a tree cut by a family  neighbour, albeit not enough for bananas I think.  And the yellow colour darkens fairly quickly to orange on exposure (which I suppose bananas do too!).