Wedding Champagne Flutes #2: Planning done - preparation begins

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Blog entry by mike posted 12-05-2007 07:35 PM 1687 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it’s been almost four weeks since I started this project – my how time flies.
The champagne flutes all 60 of them arrived from Craft Supplies USA about 2 weeks ago and have since been shipped to Ken at Kallenshaan Woods for laser etching. Ken is shipping a couple of etched flutes back and as soon as they arrive I will post pictures in my next blog entry.

I selected Ron Trout (TreeBones on this site) to supply the turning lumber. We settled on walnut and a very nice tiger oak. About a week ago all 100 lbs. of timber arrived – I’m sure my postman will never speak to me again. Ron provided 4 pieces of oak 3.5×3.5×36 inches and several pieces of beautiful walnut.
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While waiting for the supplies to arrive I began turning some prototypes of the bases in some maple stock I had on hand. There is a reason we do prototypes. First 3 attempts I cut right thru the stems trying to get the shape just right. Turns out the holes drilled in the end grain for the stem were drilling at an angle – oops. Got a better drill bit at Sears last weekend and the last prototype in the picture below – labeled #1 turned out to be much better and met with the approval of my quality inspector – LOML. Right now she prefers the base on #2 and the lines of prototype #1 so back to the lathe tonight for prototype #6.
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Last night I cut one of the oak stock and one of the walnut timbers into blanks and rough turned 4 of the oak and one of the walnut blanks. Moisture content of the walnut is 9% but the oak was reading at 25%. So I going to rough turn the oak, put a tenon on the base end and put they in brown paper bags of a bit to dry them out before turning the the flute bases to size.

-- Mike, Maryland,

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#1 posted 12-06-2007 02:25 AM

That’s quite a daunting task ahead of you. I can’t wait to see the progress.

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#2 posted 12-08-2007 07:03 AM

I just came across this blog. What an interesting project. Those glasses are going to be real cool. What a special way to use your skills. I hope your daughter is thrilled. Good luck. I’ll keep my eyes open for the rest of the project.

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#3 posted 12-08-2007 03:54 PM

and what will you do with all of the trials?

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#4 posted 04-10-2010 02:48 PM

very skillfully worked… I thaink this can be unique and exclusive gift if you give to any one…. Also see our gifts at

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 09:50 PM

Oh no here’s the rest? I want to read MORE!

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