Even a beam of light, given enough time, will curve. It has to.
So, it was with much interest that I did some boning up on the thing all you purveyors of Rolling Pins are familiar with. I tuned in to The Naked Turner, Erik Anderson, to see how he puts a Celtic Knot, or something like it, in a lidded jar. Minor modifications in the method have me convinced that I, too, can make straight lines curve.
Whereas Erik began with a glued-up stack of contrasting woods, I had one small leftover piece of this beautiful wood from Hawaii, which I could have stacked. But, instead, I mitered four pieces together, after the fashion of making a table leg, so I’d wind up with face grain/figure all the way around.
Then, lacking a big biy’s bandsaw, with a 1/2” blade, I went to the table saw and made the kerfs, one at a time, and fitted wafers of Mulberry into them. Then I watched glue dry. This I did six times, the angled cuts on a sled, at 45 degrees. So I wound up, after a couple days, with a rectangular blank, having two perpendicular wafers as borders, and matching slashes between same on all four sides. It was when I was trying to divine some way of making the opposing slashes on the saw that I realized that the opposing slashes were already inside there, waiting to be revealed in the rounding. My confusion lay in the fact that, in Erik’s video, fully defined X’s are visible on all four sides before the turning began. I still don’t know why. Anywhooooo. I stuck it on the lathe, clamped into my 2” jaws, and turned a tenon. I then turned it around and put the tenon in the chuck and began rounding, not knowing what would come. Or even if the blank would stay intact, what with all the glue joints, some, nowhere near solid, due to movement at the saw making uneven kerfs.
And a-rounding I did go.
And straight lines began curving, as advertised.
I like it. More, please.
Ahhh. Complete, intact lines.
Some sanding and polishing.
Some Shine Juice.
Want it shinier. Add some WOP. Note: Reuse of latex gloves results in rippage.
Why the glove? I found that when I use WOP without a glove, my right thumbnail gets a tremendous manicure. No matter, anyhow. See, I thought I’d do what some people do, and use a paper towel to apply WOP. Do I need to tell you what happened? Yeah. Little pieces of blue paper towel shmutz all over my beautiful creation. So, I picked up the usual cotton rag, soaked it in DNA, and cleaned it off. Then started over with the Juice.
And, instead of going to the WOP, I went to straight shellac for added build. (Cotton rag, thank you very much.) And this may become something.
So, today, I learned that I’m able to do something that, yesterday, was an utter mystery to me. There’s another such thing brewing that I percolated over while glue was drying on this thing. More about that later. Hint: Capt. Eddie’s my muse.