SPIRAL DESIGN #5: A new wood contrast... Narra to Eucalyptus

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 09-05-2010 02:23 PM 1958 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently found an old name stand (the one in the office where the name of the person and position is carved and put on his table for easy identification). A eucalyptus but very tight grain. What I like is the color. It is a pale yellow and will be a very nice contrast with red Narra. I was planning to use a pine tree specie for the white or yellow color but it is too soft and I don’t want to combine it with all those hardwood. I had already spent a long and tedious work on this and it is not worth to allow a softwood to come in. Here is the contrast of yellow and red but still raw and newly glued.

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Narra/Eucalyptus contrast

At present time, the 3 whirling loops finished. The right thing to do is account the pieces so that there is little waste of wood. I cut first the bigger pieces so I can use the small pieces. It is also easier to do one color of same shape. You cannot reverse neither alter the position of the pieces once it is cut. Actually, there are only two sections which are the same. The good thing is if you damage one, you can resize it to be used for the next small piece.

How my working table looks now?

And a closer look…..

A spiral is obvious now

Though, I am satisfied with the glue that I am using, I like to try other glue which dry quickly. I just use what I economical that can be found in the store. I cannot find Gorilla glue here in Manila. Here are the recent photos:

Got to be good today…. THIS PROJECT IS ALL MADE FROM RECYCLED WOOD. Cut-offs, reclaimed, small pieces and many others that were keep in my shop for nearly 4 years already. I can get rid of those scraps in a better way.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 02:30 PM

looking good there , bert .

what will this be ?

a table top

or just a nice panel ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 02:54 PM

looking very good! cant wait to see the final product :)

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 03:05 PM

Suggest what you want.
Hard top for a table?
The first Lazy Bert? (Lazy Susan, Lazy Larry, why not Lazy Bert)
A chopping board.
But my wife said…..
It is a big flying saucer
to fly straight into my stuborn head. LoL
Making the impossible jigzaw in my life.
My Daddy said….. too much patience..
Just closing my eyes today.
around 360×2 pcs of wood…
just hope, I still have those patience
to cut the other half.


-- Bert

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#4 posted 09-05-2010 03:22 PM

I still admire your patience and skill.

As for lazy Bert. Lazy, never!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 05:16 PM

I use Gorilla wood glue for a lot, but you said you can’t get that there. I’ve also used Ducco Cement, contact cement and Quick Grab glue. It’s hard to sat really without being able to go shopping with you and see what you can get there. Note The contact cement I have tried did good on bare wood, not so good on painted or stained wood. The other two I mentioned are name brands I’ve used and both do good on painted or stained wood. I understand you’re isn’t painted, just thought it would be good to know for future reference.


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#6 posted 09-05-2010 07:02 PM

This is going to be beautiful not that it isn’t already! Looks like you are having fun??? Anxious to seethe finished product but looks like it will be awhile yet.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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