Wing-ed Box "Dutch Girl"

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 07-17-2015 08:50 AM 481 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(This description is C&P directly – more or less – from my website.) This is a Piece made by turning a Rectangular Board on the Lathe. It’s particularly difficult, and not a little dangerous. This is because the board is spinning around at several-hundred RPM and the tool cuts one end, flies across open space (the longer the board, or the farther out on the disk of spin, the farther the flight), and begins the next cut from the oncoming edge without getting caught on said edge. It’s like flying an airplane low over a series of hills and touching the hilltops in succession without breaking off a wheel, or any passengers saying, What was that? I call it “Cuttus Interruptus”. In all, it requires a very light touch. A “catching” can lead to different unwanted things. It can splinter the board; it can take the tool out of one’s hand, sending it towards one’s chin; or it can knock the board right out of the lathe chuck and send it flying – un-commanded departure from controlled flight – (again, in the direction of the ever-present chin. That said, they’re a lot of fun to make. A real challenge to one’s mastery over the tools and machinery.

Then, when that succeeds, one has a wing- or propeller-like object with a small, round bowl in the middle, to which one fits a separately-turned Lid, to which one affixes a separately-turned finial of appropriate proportions. And, when its done, it’s like magic.

This one is made of Eucalyptus, with a one-piece Lid/Finial having a small Captive Ring, made of an unknown Wood and measures about 4-1/2” Long.

If you’re in want of a unique way to sneak an Engagement Ring to your Beloved, here’s your Trojan Horse. Look at the other offerings like this. Or, if you prefer, I can make one Special for you – with your own Design Input. Say, your Beloved’s Favorite Gemstone inlaid or otherwise affixed. Wow! Two gifts in one. You’re a Genius.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 12:29 PM

Mark, I like this one, especially as it has a captive ring.
The first thing I made on my lathe was a captive ring, I didn’t have a chisel that would go behind the ring so I used a screw driver. It did the job!!!!!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 12:56 PM

I like all your projects. a real master of the lathe

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 07-17-2015 10:59 PM

Brian, oh please. A fortuitous fluke does not a Master make.

Ships are safe in harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 07-18-2015 12:21 AM

Your doing well with the wings Mark, nice contrast of woods and even a captive ring. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#5 posted 07-18-2015 06:45 AM

Thanks again, Bob.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 07-19-2015 03:45 AM

Very impressive Mark.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 07-19-2015 05:49 AM

Thanks, GMan

-- Mark

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