About a year ago, at least, I cut a Black Walnut board in two, turned one side 90 degrees and glued them together, so I’d have a nice thick piece to work with. I drilled a bunch of holes in it, cut it into a triangle, profiled the edges, and stuck it back in the box from whence it came, because I didn’t feel like making the pegs. (Short aside: After I finished this thing, I was walking in the house carrying it, talking to my Really Big Thithter in Montana on the phone. She asked what I was doing. So I tild her what I had in my hand. Told her pretty much what I just told you. She says, “You coulda used golf tees for pegs.” I said, “Now you tell me.”)
Inspired by Joe in GA, I looked around for a board-like piece of wood from which to turn something. This came out of the box. I poked a hole for the wormscrew drive, and immediately plugged said hole with a piece of Oak dowel. Then, I figured out how to find the center of a triangle. As it turns out, I didn’t need to plug the hole. I did so before I found the center.
I mounted it and turned an inny-outy.
I rotated it and began dishing it out.
I had forgotten that this was two pieces glued together until, in the dishing, the wood suddenly got a lot darker.
I tried to keep the indentation within the bounds of the triangle. But, alas and alack, it was just a hair off-center, and one side broke through. This is when it became, admittedly – for the first time ever – an ashtray.
What to do with all those holes? Lacking anything fancy, like silver or turquoise, I filled them with pulverized quartz.
Ground it flush.
Polished it up.
Took a couple of pictures, unfinished.
Wondered, for a minute, what to do about finishing it (it is an ashtray).
Walnut has an obnoxious habit of being difficult to polish. Where the grain turns on itself, the cloudiness just doesn’t want to go away. The more I sand and polish, the more evident the cloud becomes. So what? It’s and ashtray.
That doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty.
I reached for something I rarely use, and the clouds cleared up.
I know. I could have spent the day writing a symphony. But, this is what I did.