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.
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 -
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.
Here is the side view of the piece in progress -
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.