Accomplished woodworker and YouTube sensation Frank Howarth shows how he turned a wooden eyeball from maple, cherry, birch, walnut, and ebony. The white of the eye is maple composed of 10 segmented rings. The iris is cherry, birch, and walnut in a fine segmented ring. The pupil is a piece of ebony. 

He explains that he first made the iris ring and then trued it up using his CNC router. The eyeball itself is a segmented glue-up that he turned manually on the lathe using a three-axis method to achieve a perfect sphere.

For a finish, he used two coats of lacquer followed by two coats of wax to obtain a wet-look shine. Watch the video below.
 

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