|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 08-20-2015 05:22 AM||854 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
This is my second turning from Jacaranda. The first is on its long slog to becoming fodder for a blog. Stay tuned. This piece is about three inches at the lid, eight to the tip of the finial. The lid is my first foray in a long while into segmented turning. The lid was originally cut from the body, lidded box-style, but I didn’t like the end grain. So I made the segmented lid from Mahogany , with Padauk spokes. The finial, also Padauk, I had already made to fit the original lid. So I had to improvise to make it fit this lid, which had a central opening that was far too big. While turning the underside of the lid, I cleaned up the opening and got out a piece of Figured Birch.
And, to prove that you can indeed put wood back when you’ve taken too much off,
I slathered glue on the tenon and sprinkled shavings all over it and let it dry, and sanded it to fit.
After some hemming and some hawing, and much cavorting and chortling, I turned it all into a fair excuse for a lid that fits. I had to create a press chuck to finish up the top of the lid – after I started splitting the lid by expanding my 2” jaws into it.
(The body got split while trying to fit the lid to it.)
And, again, I got too close to the other side in the hollowing-out. One day, I’d like to master doing this on purpose, over an entire piece. (Those egg shell turning people really impress me – thin wood is a sign of manhood, right?)
I finished the body and lid with bees wax, topped with paste wax to make it feel good. The finial got a couple coats of Wipe-On Poly. I hope you like it.
This thing took a lot out of me. I need a nap.