Walnut Cigar Ashtray

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Project by MauBow posted 12-20-2008 02:27 AM 3790 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a thread by Bill Wyko, a very accomplished segmented turner, over on SMC about a month ago and decided it would be a great project for a Christmas gift for my BIL. He enjoys a good cigar with a drink out on the patio during the summer months. Made from a scrap bin cutoff of 5/4 walnut, it is about 7” round and 3” high. I was going to try and the slot for the cigar on the router table but after some tense moments on trials with scraps and just about not being able to count to ten with fingers. I’ll stick to turning I think. I took out my old ryobi dremel knock off and “carved it out” Finish is friction polish as that is what Bill Wyko used on his. He is a cigar smoker and said it works well.

Comments are encouraged please….

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#1 posted 12-20-2008 02:29 AM

Very nice, I may make one for my grandad!

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 12-20-2008 03:27 AM

That’s Awsesome. What is friction polish?

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#3 posted 12-20-2008 05:40 AM

Great Job!!

Ahh, the smell of cigar smoke and sawdust. Doesn’t get too much better than that!

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#4 posted 12-20-2008 07:53 PM

Wow…that turned out really nice. Man, now I gotta buy a lathe!

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#5 posted 02-20-2009 11:49 PM

Very nice …kinda makes me wish I still smoked cigars : )

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#6 posted 02-21-2009 01:24 AM

The secret is to make the slot whilst the bland is square , before turning as a round object going through the router table as you discovered is a no no.So from me a big well done now when are you going to make me oneLOL Alistair

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