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with Michael Roper
Online Class

Multi-Axis Woodturning: Creating a Vessel

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Create an eye-catching and deceptively simple multi-axis vessel! Get the chips flying with professional woodturner and instructor Michael Roper as you master offset measuring and learn how to safely turn a spindle. Michael will walk you through mounting your second axis, showing you how to make air cuts and secure your vessel into a four-jaw chuck. Then, use a Forstner drill bit to remove wood in the center of your piece and carefully shape the neck. Learn expert hollowing techniques, such as how to use a straight cutter for bulk material removal. Next, find out how to use a bent cutter to clean up the shoulder, and make a caliber to test for wall thickness to avoid punching through! Finally, work with your lathe to create a reverse jam chuck and finish your elegant piece by blending cuts and sanding your vessel for a smooth-as-silk result. You’ll even find out how to create a round-bottom variation of this remarkable vessel.


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 1h44m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction & Getting Started

1. Introduction & Getting Started

Meet your instructor, Michael Roper, and get started making your own vessel with an offset opening. First, Michael will show you how to measure for center and how to create an offset, which you'll use when hollowing out your vessel. Then he'll demonstrate how to round the blank and make the first shaping cuts, offering tips about tools and lathe speeds along the way.

2. Mounting the Second Axis

2. Mounting the Second Axis

Learn how to mount your vessel on its offset axis and create an off-axis tenon, which will be used later to stabilize your vessel as you hollow it out. Gain confidence as you master the tricky air cut, and learn how to measure and dovetail the tenon to snugly fit into a four-jaw chuck. Finally, Michael shares safety tips and advice for securely mounting your vessel into the chuck.

3. Beginning to Hollow

3. Beginning to Hollow

Create a hollowing channel using a drill bit, then start on the dramatic architectural feature of the vessel neck. Learn how to properly prepare your tools and gently make cuts so you take just a little wood off at a time. Finally, Michael introduces you to a tool that will cut down on your sanding time by removing large tool marks immediately.