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Woodturning Wood Goblets


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.

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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


Food safe finish for goblets?

  • Finish for wood goblets
    A lot of people have asked me about food safe finishes for goblets. Here's an article I wrote on the subject.

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


One piece wood goblets


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Building wood goblets guestbook

Nealchin er and try it out for my self.. Save yourself the money because I am unemployed at the moment on September 12, 2020:

I have a lathe at of my own will have a good time giving go at home.. I'm unemployed at moment can't afford to personally.. Can I show you end product when I finished can glew the timber it will need time to settle 3 hours before turning on lathe

Rick Kent on January 09, 2020:

Thanks Bob, nice article which has imterested me in starting it today

Rajesh suthar on November 27, 2019:

Nice work and provide information. Thanks

turner-bob (author) on April 17, 2019:

Thank You

David on April 06, 2019:

OMG that is AWESOME, great work and love the information provided

Graveris from Vilnius, Lithuania on January 30, 2019:

No words to say how beautiful! on December 27, 2018:


Robert Tangney Kenmare Ireland on December 17, 2018:

Absolutely beautiful,made my day,will have a go soon as I'm able

Moberdan on October 10, 2016:

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.

Claudia Mitchell on March 09, 2015:

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

Mitchell on October 13, 2014:


gino-desaever-5 on May 02, 2014:

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

gino-desaever-5 on May 02, 2014:

this is a whole new experience with goblets

i like this

william-ward-9231712 on September 23, 2013:

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

WipeNewReviewer on June 15, 2013:

Nice lens!

anonymous on January 22, 2013:

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?

anonymous on January 13, 2013:

nice lens

Wendy Leanne from Texas on October 08, 2012:

They are beautiful! *~blessed~*

anonymous on August 03, 2012:

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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KandDMarketing on May 21, 2012:

Superb lens!

flicker lm on March 08, 2012:

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

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ironwind on October 09, 2011:

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.

anonymous on July 20, 2011:

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 on June 29, 2011:

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

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on May 01, 2011:

lovely art. ~blessed~

dawnsantiquesan on January 31, 2011:

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

Eliza Rayner from Boulder, Colorado on January 20, 2011:

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

Stephen Carr from Corona, CA on January 09, 2011:

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

Brewsterboy on December 30, 2010:

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

Glory Miller from USA on December 27, 2010:

Great lens! Beautiful work!!!

KDimmick on December 25, 2010:

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

sorana lm on December 21, 2010:

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

SandyPeaks on December 15, 2010:

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

Meloramus on October 15, 2010:

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

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 14, 2010:

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

Bellezza-Decor from Canada on September 14, 2010:

Lensrolled into Unique Wine Glasses!

LadyLovelace LM on September 14, 2010:

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

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on August 17, 2010:

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

myraggededge on August 09, 2010:

Fantastic work and a fascinating process. Love the photos.

sheriangell on August 09, 2010:

All of your creations are amazing!

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