Small Turnings #1: Maple Dish

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 09-04-2010 08:18 PM 1409 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Good Afternoon all.

Been awhile since I could get on here. Aside from my work schedule, my wife experienced the trauma of having to vacate her apartment due to a fire that broke out in a neighboring apartment. Building is shot with a few apartments totally decimated. Fortunately, hers was not destroyed and the majority of her things salvageable. I had to help her move her things into storage and she is staying with her folks until she finds a new place. Nobody was injured and all pets were unscathed.

I was feeling a little antsy today, haven’t had any woodworking time to blow off steam so I thought I would check on some Maple logs Mike (jockmike2) gave me. I was having some real problems with a few of them splitting and they continued to crack despite the efforts to try to repair with CA glue. Recognizing a lost cause, I decided to expand the cracks into a split to channel the stresses on the logs. I used a handsaw to expand the split and then wedge the split to part the logs down the middle. This gave me a number of small log halves to work with.

Maple log halves

Mike likes to turn large pieces, platters, vases, bowls, etc. I, on the other hand, have been developing some interest in small turnings. I cut off a small piece from one of the log halves and got it turning -

Spinning Maple piece

I made a dovetail tenon to fit in my jaw chuck and worked it till it was a small dish. The piece is smaller than 3 inches in diameter at present.

Face of dish

Here is the side view of the piece in progress -

Side view of dish

Still a little rough but will smooth out when I get back home tomorrow. Just felt good to spend a couple hours downstairs after the events from the last couple weeks. I plan on blowing off a little more steam over the holidays before business returns to normal.

Hope all have a wonderful labor day.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 09-04-2010 08:38 PM

looks great keep up the good work

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 09-04-2010 09:36 PM

(with Deep voice) Gooood- Evening David
great you got some shop time at last :-)
I look forward to see how this turn out

have a fun weekend

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 12:20 AM

Yea! Shop Time! I love it. The bowl is looking good.

Three day weekend and I am all booked, so none for me. Boo.

But welcome back and have a nice holiday too,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 09-05-2010 02:12 AM

Looking good David, but more importantly is being able to get back into the shop and blow off some steam. Enjoy your weekend!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 02:14 AM

Nice work, David.

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 09-05-2010 04:04 AM

............OK…...understand. I am now back in the shop some this weekend, have a lot on the plate. Sherie has some needs, and I am pursuing a bunch of interesting….........projects to make more shop projects….......

...........isn’t that what I do?

Kinda blitzed from heavy duty work this month, but hope to be going for it tomorrow. Have some SU stuff to do…....and about a million blog posts to do. Hope to get back in the LJ swing this weekend…......

.......your wood grinding is lookin’ good…......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 09-05-2010 01:23 PM

Not all my stuff is huge, I’ve made dainty little ring holders and candle stick holders and stuff like that. Of course there’s that old picture of me with a 50 pound log on the lathe Karson made a crack about me turning it every so often just when I needed fire wood. Which wasn’t true, not really. I’ll try to find you some bigger wood. So you can make some cereal bowls for your brother. It’s gonna be hard to eat of that thing you just made, pretty to look at though. your pal mike, really.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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David Craig

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#8 posted 09-06-2010 03:49 PM

Thanks for the comments all. I get a little tense when I don’t have a little “me” time downstairs. Everything got kind of hectic for awhile. It was nice to know the tools were still there when I got down there, and we got re-acquainted like long lost brothers :)

Nice to be back,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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