VW Logo Blank #8: Final Turning


This is part 8 in a 8 part series: VW Logo Blank

This last step is pretty straightforward – especially compared to the previous steps. I just need to get a cylinder that looks good. 
First I do the octagon cuts.

My centers are still available to get the part on the lathe. I have an idea of the final diameter so I make a few passes to get there slowly.

Once I had the cylinder turned I started to turn a dome on the end for the first project to come off this stock.

Then it can come off the lathe.

I took this up to my bathroom scale. The finished piece weighed in at 10.6 pounds.

There was a lot of detailed work in making this. I also had to work through a few CNC issues. Still I enjoyed the build and I am looking forward to the future projects that will come off of this. 


Still adding weight, so I guess it is less weight than I imagined. No strange noises from the SS?
The ShopSmith did a great job!
Luckily the blank was not that big in radius at less than 3 inches rough.
It’s cool!…Waddya gonna do with it? Maybe I missed that part?

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Thanks Ryan! No - you didn't miss that part 🙂
I'll post projects when I make use of this. I'll let you know that the first one will be a logo for a project making use of my 2003 Beetle Turbo S

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

My sweetie will sometimes ask me what I’m doing in the shop, and I’ll tell her that I’m doing prep-work for a future project. It’s never as much prep as is one, Steve. Impressive planning ahead, and nice job correcting for variances from the machines.

May you have the day you deserve!

Nice job on the logo. The layout to get that right was a lot of work too!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Wow!... what alot of work. Very impressive. It'll be interesting to see the projects that will come out of it. Good on ya!

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Thanks for the comments! It will be more than a year before I get to use this on my Beetle.
I started daydreaming about this and then I realized I could come up with a way to make it. Even though I wouldn't need it for some time I thought it would be fun to try.
I see a kid sized wood micro bus model in your future. 🤠 Of course if all you are at is finishing the hub caps, it'll be a while!

You've set a high standard for the rest of the work!
Actually I have Dutchy's plans for the VW Bus. It's on my list, but the darn list is so long.
Impressive work Steve!

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

Holy smokes, Steve!  I turn my head for 1 second and look at the mischief you've gotten up to!  An amazing feat of engineering.  I can't wait to see what you with that WV summer sausage!
Thanks duck & Ross!
The VW "Sausage" will sit for a while now. I have a lot to do on the Beetle before we get to logo time. So far it is all mundane maintenance and minor upgrades. The big changes come over the winter. I'll start a blog on it once it gets interesting.
Impressive work Steve! 
….you makin’ a 2003 beetle woody?

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Thanks Paul! You're the first one to guess that!
And you are mostly correct, but only after this:

Looks cool enough just as a truck. As a woody truck …….priceless! 😉

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

That's assuming I don't mess it up with the woodie conversion😂😂😂
Steve that is impressive