Making Christmas ornaments
Last year I started turning ornaments for friends and family and everyone really liked them. So after Christmas I started making more for this year. Over the past year I have tried out a lot of different styles and have gotten a lot better at making great looking wooden ornaments that should last for years. Below is a simple guide to how I go about making my ornaments. I have used a lot of pin blanks for the main body of the ornament. Once it is rounded a mark off where the top section will be and then where the body will be pressed into the ball. I like to use a 3/8″ wrench to gage the diameter of the middle section and the top section that I will end up drilling a hole in. Once I have the middle section sized I can go ahead and be as creative as I want with the rest of the body. After final sanding and parting off the tip of the ornament I take the ornament to the band saw to cut it in half. The ball itself is simple as well. I drill a 3/8″ hole on the lathe and then shape the ball as desired. After parting of the ball I but a chamfer on the through hole. I line of the grain of the body and press the two halves into the ball. I drill a 1/8″ hole in the top of the ornament to hold a ribbon or hook and then spray a clear enamel over the entire ornament. Simple enough, Thanks for reading.