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Woodturning Projects #5: Napkin Rings from the USS Shangri-La

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Blog entry by Scott Seganti posted 02-25-2017 02:46 PM 1296 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a video I made making a reproduction of a napkin ring from the USS Shangri-La.

This napkin ring was given to my aunt’s father who was a ‘plank owner’ aboard the USS Shangri-La (CV-38). When I first saw this napkin ring I immediately wanted to turn one. Not only do I appreciate being able to recreate a part of history… I really like the design.

This is a case where form follows function. I’ve spent my share of time at sea and can appreciate the functionality of the flat section; however, the design aspect of it is what sets these rings off from traditional round napkin rings.

https://youtu.be/Gs1rz6G8hlk

-- Scott Seganti : www.segantiwoodworking.com



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putty

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#1 posted 02-25-2017 03:54 PM

You do a nice job with your videos and explaining each step. The napkin rings are very nice, I plan to make some!

-- Putty

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Scott Seganti

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#2 posted 02-25-2017 07:37 PM

Thanks Putty! I’m really happy with the way they turned out. If you make some, please post some pictures I would love to see them.

-- Scott Seganti : www.segantiwoodworking.com

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#3 posted 02-26-2017 02:18 AM

These napkin holders turned out great!

And great story about your aunt’s dad service on Shangri-La—it’s great that you were able to reproduce some pieces of history, to pass down to future generations.

My dad was a GM1, and served as Gun Captain, left gun, Turret 3, USS Chicago CA 29, from when he joined the USN, until Chicago was sunk, 30 January 1943 at Rennell Island.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 02-26-2017 11:32 PM

Scott, I just watched your video again. I have a couple of questions, why didn’t you sand the outside of the rings on the lathe? Was the original walnut or maybe teak?

I could see a nice turned piece to stack them up on!

-- Putty

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Scott Seganti

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#5 posted 02-28-2017 12:58 AM

Thanks Dean for the comments and sharing about your dad. I just read about the battle of Rennell Island… scary times.

-- Scott Seganti : www.segantiwoodworking.com

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#6 posted 02-28-2017 01:07 AM

Putty… I didn’t sand on the lathe because of the flat section on the napkin rings. The one end of the flat section would get rounded over by the sand paper if I did. Every time the piece rotates on the lathe the flat section would be presented to the sandpaper… as the piece continues to spin the sandpaper would round the transition from flat to round… hopefully that makes sense. I wanted to have a nice clean edge.

As far as the original napkin ring… I have no idea what species it is. Compared to the walnut rings I made, it feels relatively heavy… so I assume it’s not walnut.

-- Scott Seganti : www.segantiwoodworking.com

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