you have a few basic woodturning tools, including a roughing
gouge, a spindle gouge and a tailstock chuck, you can
turn these elegant vases.
Start with any wood, round or square, that's large enough to
hold the straight glass that will be used as the liner. We used
a Kolsch beer glass that is 2" in diameter and 6-1/2"
long. The square blank used was maple, about 3" x
3" x 8-1/4".
In addition to the tools of your choice for spindle turning,
you'll need a pair of outside calipers, a 2" dia. Forstner
bit, a power drill with 1/2" and 3/4" brad-point bits,
and a countersink (optional).
Turning the Body
Mount the blank on the lathe. If your square blank is too large
for the chuck, use a saw to remove the corners. Round the stock
using a roughing gouge. After the body is trued to the desired
size, use a spindle gouge or a skew to shape it to the profile
of your choice. To determine the length, use the straight glass
as a guide. Our design is bottom heavy, and the glass sits flush
with the rim.