Turning Stainless Steel Tableware (Woodturning Project)

Turning Stainless Steel Tableware (Woodturning Project)

Hi i’m Mike with Craft Supplies USA and
today we’re gonna show you how to turn Artisan Stainless Steel Tableware. Our line of Stainless Steel Tableware is the finest we’ve ever offered. It consists of a full range of serving and eating utensils, perfect for special
occasions. Each piece is hand-forged from solid stainless steel and polished to a
fine luster. The fit and finish is truly top notch. They feature a robust, one-piece bolster and tang design. This provides a solid attachment point and makes turning easy. For this how-to, i’m going to turn a handle for the bread knife, but this process is the same for all tableware. I recommend using a dense
hardwood or an acrylic blank. The size of the blank will largely depend on your design. I’m gonna be using a 1″ x 1″ x 6″ piece of Cocobolo for my Bread Knife handle. Let’s prepare the blank for drilling. Measure the widest part of the
tang to determine the diameter. I like to drill on the lathe, so I’ll mount the
blank in a set of pen drilling jaws. Set the lathe speed around 2500 rpm, then face off the end of the blank. Make it slightly concave so it will fit tightly
against the bolster. Using a skew flat on its side, make a small dimple to help center the drill bit. Mark the tang length plus an 1/8″ inch extra on the drill bit with tape, then drill the hole. Next, I’ll turn a waste block with a
square shoulder and a 3/8 long drive tenon that fits snugly in the hole. Mount the drill end of the blank onto the tenon and advance the tailstock. Be careful not to over-tighten the tailstock. It’s easy to split a blank this small. Let’s start by roughing the blank to round. Before we continue let’s take a look at the bolster. The bolster is oval-shaped, which means there are a couple of design choices. You can turn the blank to the largest diameter of the bolster and fare the sides with sandpaper to match the oval shape. Or you can leave round and add a nice transition detail like a bead. I’m going to leave it round with a bead transition, then I’ll finish turning the handle to
shape. Sand the blank up to 320 grit. Then remove all the sanding dust. Use a handsaw to remove the waste material and hand-sand the end. When selecting a finish for your project handle, keep in mind that it’ll likely see a lot of use. So I recommend something durable like Arm-R-Seal. It’s easy to apply an
extremely durable. using a paper towel, apply one coat, wiping off any excess and allowing 1 hour to dry. Apply a second coat and allow 24 hours to fully cure. Finally, use some 0000 Steel Wool and Clear Paste Wax for a smooth close-to-the-wood finish. Apply some Thick CA glue or Epoxy to the
hole, then insert the tang until the handle seats right up against the bolster and let the glue cure. Now you’ve got an heirloom quality piece that’s perfect for a special occasion. If you liked the video, give it a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel. Also, be sure to visit www.woodturnerscatalog.com for the largest selection of woodturning supplies in the industry. I’ll be using a 1″x 1″ x 6″ piece of Cocobolo. Ha, ha

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