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Woodturning Wood Goblets

Updated on September 29, 2014

Building a staved goblet

Full instructions for building staved wooden goblets.

Here I'm going to show how I build staved goblets similar to this pair. These are a lot of fun to make and are not nearly as difficult as they appear. They aren't any different to turn than a normal one piece goblet once their glued up but you will be doing a bit of woodworking ahead of time.

If you build one send me a picture.


Staved Goblet

This is the actual goblet I will be building here. This goblet is a little bit simpler than the pair above only because it is made with fewer pieces. The goblets above have veneer in between the staves.

This first picture shows the wood needed to start the goblet. It consists of 9 pieces of wood which are 1/2" x 1/2" x 9". Five of one color and four of the other. They must all be straight, flat, and have parallel edges. Now they need to be glued together to make three pieces.

The next picture below shows how they need to be glued together. Notice how they are not all the same. The bloodwood is in the middle on the center block while it's on the outside on the other two blocks. This is because the bloodwood in the center block will be the goblets stem.

Once the glue dries you can glue these three pieces together. Be sure they are flat. If you need to correct them take off the least amount you possibly can. If you reduce one, reduce the others so they are all the same. If you don't the finished pattern will move over. If you can't get them alike don't worry about it as I sometimes make them a bit different just to move the pattern over but the changes have to be minimal. The picture below shows them glued together. The pattern on the end pretty much tells the whole story.

Next we will add four pieces around the outside. These pieces will also be 9" long (Or as long as you made your first pieces). Normally they will be 3/4" thick. The width will be the width of your finished block plus 3/4". So if you made yours the same as these directions they will be 3/4"x 2-1/4" x 9". The photo below shows the 4 pieces already glued on.

Notice the orientation of the Peruvian walnut blocks in the photo above. They should be glued in this orientation or the goblet won't look correct. If they lap like this the finished goblet will lap also making a curve at each corner rather than a straight line. Even 45 degree corners WON'T work because they will also produce straight lines.

Note: Mine above looks incorrect because they are hanging over. Normally at this point you would have a square. Mine are only hanging over because they are too thick. I didn't bother planning them down. The turning process will take care that so it's not an issue.

Next were ready to turn the goblet. It would be nice If we could just mount it into a chuck just the way it is but we can't do that. If it was a one piece goblet that's exactly what you would do but in this case it probably won't work. Reason being if your glueup is off the pattern won't be centered. And it doesn't have to be off much. So, The best way is between centers. Draw an x across the corners of the small 1/2" x 1/2" bloodwood block in the center on each end. The more accurate you do this the better it will turn out. I use a utility knife for these lines rather than a pencil. A pencil usually marks off to the side no matter how sharp you get it. Then use an awl at the intersection. Much easier to line up your centers this way. Now mount it between centers.

This picture shows the blank mounted between centers. A tennon has been turned ready to mount in the chuck. Note: For new turners. This piece is not mounted in this chuck. If you look closely you will see a drive spur mounted in the chuck. I only do it this way because I have a vacuum adaptor in the spindle. The adaptor stays in the spindle all the time so I can't use a normal drive center with a morse taper.

After mounting it in the chuck I turned and finished the piece as normal. Be sure to hollow the cup section before the stem gets too thin. We came this far so it would be frustrating if you lost it now. The only thing to watch out for comes right at the end. When you begin to see the stem color you must stop the lathe often to see where your at. If you turn too far you could lose part of the pattern.

Good luck!

If you found my article of any value please take the time to rate it. Bob

Staved bud vase - I made this bud vase using the above staved goblet technique.

By using the same technique described above for making staved goblets you can make this bud vase. Woodturners call this a weed pot. It is not fully hollowed but has a hole drilled in it. People use these to hold dried flowers but if you size the hole correctly you can add a plastic test tube allowing you to put water in it and use it as a bud vase.

Ebonized oak strawstem goblet

Staved Goblets - More goblets I have done with the same method

One piece wood goblets

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      Moberdan 17 months ago

      Love your staved bud vase, Could you please give an indication of the size of the different coloured squares and the thickness of the black veneer please.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      These are quite beautiful. I've often wondered how these are made. Now I know. Thanks!

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      Mitchell 3 years ago


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      gino-desaever-5 3 years ago

      goblets turning is a whole new experience for me and i like it

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      gino-desaever-5 3 years ago

      this is a whole new experience with goblets

      i like this

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      william-ward-9231712 4 years ago

      What a great technique. Made my first goblet and can't wait to start another. Thanks so much!

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      WipeNewReviewer 4 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great article about the staved goblets. I followed your instruction sheet and good a pretty good result using Padauk, Pau Amarello and Black Walnut. How do I download my pic to show you?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

      They are beautiful! *~blessed~*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent info. I waste large amounts of beautiful wood trying to emulate your designs but so far I'm not satisfied with my efforts so I will keep turning. I find the gluing is my weakest point.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Superb lens!

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      flicker lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful craftsmanship! And great step-by-step instructions.

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      ironwind 6 years ago

      I have glued up several blocks to try the segmented turnings but I am not happy with my glue up process. I will turn the blocks next month when I get off the road for the winter and will let you know how they turn out.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Instructions for building and turning segmented staved and one piece wood goblets. Turning a straw stem wood goblet. really great information........

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think this looks good can't wait to try it thanks

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely art. ~blessed~

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      dawnsantiquesan 7 years ago

      Very Interesting! Beautiful items, what a skill to have.

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      Eliza Rayner 7 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      wow these are beautifil, I am so impressed. I doubt I would have the patience to make one.

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      Stephen Carr 7 years ago from Corona, CA

      I always wondered how they got different woods in there. Nice lens. Great work.

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      Brewsterboy 7 years ago

      Love working with wood but have never tried wood-turning. Great lens!

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      Glory Miller 7 years ago from USA

      Great lens! Beautiful work!!!

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      KDimmick 7 years ago

      Wow!! You're amazing! Blessed by an angel :)

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      sorana lm 7 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful. I would love to be able to make things like these. By the way, thanks for your visit.

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      SandyPeaks 7 years ago

      Wonderful! I've never seen the like of these staved goblets before - they're exquisite! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Meloramus 7 years ago

      Wow - such talent. These are beautiful pieces. Thumbs up!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I love these! I keep hoping my husband will take it up as a hobby as he seems attracted to wood pieces.

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      Lensrolled into Unique Wine Glasses!

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      LadyLovelace LM 7 years ago

      Oh wow! These look amazing - and I would never have figured out how it was done by myself in a million years!

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      My husband has not graduated from the pens. Very nice.

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Fantastic work and a fascinating process. Love the photos.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      All of your creations are amazing!