Cutting the Base and Sanding 

back1.jpg (25141 bytes)While I could just drill the hole (if I were making an oil lamp like here) and flip it around to cut away the back, I prefer to just scrunch myself in next to the headstock. The main reason to work this way is that for every single degree the piece is off from being perfectly inline when flipped around, the wings will vary in thickness greatly from
side to side. Think of it in terms of this. If I cut the wings without flipping it over , there is no way for me to move the top and bottom of the wing out of parallel alignment with each other.

If I were to flip it over, then the chances of it being out of alignment are greatly increased

back2.JPG (24960 bytes)Now, a little bit at a time, I cut up the backside to remove the material. There are occasion where I will need to turn left handed, this is where being ambidextrous would be of great benefit. Now is the time where you know more of how the wood is going to react and can start finalizing the ideas of the end shape.
backwing3.JPG (25949 bytes)This "inward" cut is routinely used with the "upward" cut of the previous picture. By using these in combination, you can cut away all this "excess" material.
backwing1.JPG (25572 bytes)If you click on this picture, you get a good view of the way that the gouge is directed to get the more delicate cuts on the front and back side of the "wings"
sandb1.JPG (17168 bytes)Use a sanding block to get any little rough spots out on the bottom of the wings. Start with a 220 grit and go up as needed. If you can't get any tool marks out with 220, go to 180. Try not to go much below the 180.
sandb2.JPG (26932 bytes)Now you sand the back and sides of the base. Again I am using a strip of fabric backed sandpaper wrapped around a length of foam. You only want to sand from the inside to barely outside of the circle.  
sandb3.JPG (19255 bytes)If you sand onto the wings too far, it will start to round over the edges.
sandw1.jpg (18150 bytes) Now if you need to clean up the sides you can use the same sanding blocks. Start at a higher number. You just want to clean up any little nicks, not really reshape.

Wood Preparation and Putting it on the Lathe

Cutting the wings and Sanding

Drilling, Turning the Bottom, and Finishing