Curly Maple Lazy Larry with Aniline Dye Finish

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Project by poroskywood posted 09-18-2009 02:21 AM 18008 views 13 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Buddy’s, Just finished working on a totally Lumberjocks inspired project this week. Just had to make a Lazy Larry with my new bandsaw. So I spent Sunday making a circle cutting jig and after work the rest of the week making two Lazy Larrys.

I was totally amazed by the beautiful Vessels trifern makes and followed his blog on his technique in applying Aniline Dyes. Thank You Joe! I may never use a natural piece of Curly Maple again the possibilities are endless. Thank You!

The LL’s are 20” in diameter with a 14” round base. I used the slimline Lazy Susan hardware from Rockler They work great and are cost effective. I finished these with High Gloss wipe on Poly (which I find myself using more but still proclaim to be a satin finish guy).

The Dye combos were Black, Red and Yellow / Black, Green and Yellow I tried to sand heavier in the centers for a sun burst type effect, made some mistakes for the first try but am a lot more confident now and can’t wait for the next go round.

This has been another Lumberjocks inspired project. Thanks LJs

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#1 posted 09-18-2009 02:31 AM

Beautiful color…I think Joe would be very satisfied with your results….you really got the grain to pop with that dye…..What could you use those for….they are too pretty to cover with anything?

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 09-18-2009 02:33 AM

Wow, I can’t help admit that I said “holy crap” when I saw the grain pop off the page in the first pic. I was drawn to it like a moth to a lightbulb. That is so beautiful. I would never let that one go.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#3 posted 09-18-2009 02:37 AM

Ditto what Bradford said. I definitely get why you said you may never use a natural piece of curly maple again. The green one really doesn’t do it for me so much, although it does look nice, but the other one is awesome.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 09-18-2009 02:40 AM

I can feel that inspiration coming this way, wow that is off the chart eye popping. You just got to love the talent on this site. Great work…Blkcherry

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#5 posted 09-18-2009 03:06 AM

great piece ,
it really jumps .

if you keep having this much fun ,
you will be selling wood soon ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 09-18-2009 03:11 AM

great piece, I need a circle jig…maybe this weekend.

-- --It's not how long you live, but how you live that makes it a life.--

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#7 posted 09-18-2009 03:21 AM

I’m searching for words that the others haven’t used. So here it goes. Really nice circle cutting jig on your bandsaw. I used to cut my circles with my router, but after I started using my bandsaw, I couldn’t believe how affective it was.

How did you join the wood, just a glue line, dowels, biscuits? I’m in the middle of planning a Kitchen table which will either be circular or elliptical. I’m thinking your design with a pre-bought maple pedestal could work. Any thoughts?

Did I forget to mention GREAT JOB, LOVE IT!!!!

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#8 posted 09-18-2009 03:35 AM

Wow wow Wow great wood super job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 09-18-2009 03:38 AM

Yeah, what everybody else said! A real eye-popper!! Great work!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 09-18-2009 04:46 AM

Absolutely gorgeous…did I mention I love colored wood?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 09-18-2009 04:51 AM

In no order:

Duane I’ll be attaching the arc cutting jig we have been talking about to the circle cutting jig using the pin as the pivot point. (I think)

Tom, Just a glue line three 7” pieces from the same board. I’m thinking I may bookmatch a 10” piece next time. You’ll need a pretty big circle jig, probably something with some legs. My pivot pin can go 20” from the saw which would give me a 40” max circle. I’ll probably wish I made the jig bigger later, I was only thinking in terms of lazy susan when I built it. If these were bigger I would have used a biscuit joiner.

David, I’ve been selling most everything I’ve been making to pay for all the toys ;) this helps me justify my tool addiction to my wife. I’ve been taking products to a local consignment shop that is a pretty cool shabby-sheek kinda boutique so my stuff fits in well.

Dale your right the green one is kinda swampy, but it has grown on me a bit, if it wasn’t next to the red one it would stand on it’s own.

Since we are all in this together, my biggest mistake in using the aniline dyes was in the sanding. All though I had good intentions in sanding the middle more on the red one I probably over did it and was not consistent enough while sanding. You can almost see the pattern from my random orbital sander. It’s a little blotchy and uneven. I was more consistent on the green one and you can see the difference. I did the red one first and learned from my mistakes. Joe consumer will not see this, but I do and now you do, so I have no problem taking these to the store.
I am excited about trying this again for better results, and maybe some christmas gifts for my family. I’m also thinking like… entrance way half table from curly Maple using the black, red, yellow, combo.

I would like to thank Joe one more time.

What are some other woods that this technique might work on besides maple?

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#12 posted 09-18-2009 05:00 AM

Very striking! The finish looks deep enough to go swimming in! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#13 posted 09-18-2009 05:01 AM

Gorgeous hunk of wood!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 09-18-2009 06:42 AM

Fantastic job! Outstanding. It is nice to here when we are inpired by each other on this site. That is what LJ’s is all about.

Keep up the fantastic work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#15 posted 09-18-2009 06:48 AM

Beautiful wood and a great finish that you applied.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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