One of the benefits of being married is that I now have knowledge of a whole range of implements that were previously entirely foreign to me. Although some might claim that for me these included sponges or cleaning products other than Greased Lightning*, today I’m referring to napkin holders.
After observing the little wooden plant pots that I made, as well as my (nearly identical) pencil holder, my wife suggested that “napkin holders” could be made in a similar way. After procrastinating for a while, I decided to give it a try.
Taking a piece of wood that I slaughtered from my backyard several months ago, I cut it into pieces around one and a quarter inches long with my miter saw. From here, I drilled a one and a half inch hole in the middle of the pieces using my small mill/drill press. This turned out to be slightly too small, so it was made larger with a 1 3/4 inch hole saw. See below for lots of process pictures:
Unlike my pots/pencil holders, the drilling operation was done before placing it on the lathe. This allowed me to chuck my workpiece up from the middle ( this is the first time I’d tried this) and turn the whole outer diameter. I made sure to set the stop up so I didn’t crash my tooling, using leftover links from a link belt to keep it separate from the chuck before locking the workpiece down. This belt runs my lathe, so use as a spacer was a cool secondary use for the extra pieces. After some lathe turning and sanding, the napkin holder was made round. Some bark was left of the edge for an interesting effect.
After two coats of eurethane/stain (Minwax Chestnut, available from Amazon), it looked quite good and held a napkin/knife/fork well. This picture is actually of the holder at 1 1/2 inches, before the holes were made larger. The walls are now slightly thinner.
I’ve done quite a few projects like this in my Lathe turning section, so be sure to check it out. For one of my favorites, why not check out this post where my LED-enabled natural edge “Master ‘Shroom” starts a cult (in glorious stop motion).
*Accurately. No, I didn’t own a sponge until I met my wife. Between paper towels and the dishwasher, they seemed quite useless. As for cleaning products, I originally bought a bottle of Greased Lightning in college because I heard it was a good degreaser for mountain bike parts. It is, and it does, as I eventually discovered, clean stuff. Apparently you need more than this to keep everything adequately clean.
This is the first time I’ve used the “slideshow” option for my photo gallery in a post. What do you guys think? I’d love your comments.