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Project by Ted posted 01-21-2016 02:38 AM 1313 views 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess most of us would chuck this piece of wood into the fireplace. Well, I don’t have a fireplace, so I chucked it onto my lathe instead. I believe it’s maple. Not sure what else to say about it except that there’s a hole in the bottom where the rot went all the way through, and I think it’s too shiny. I might spray it with some satin poly, haven’t decided yet. The last photo is the rough cutout before it went onto the lathe. It’s a weird piece but I like it. I’ll probably make more of these. Oh, and a hoard of ants came running out of it when I was digging out the rotted wood. That was funny.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.





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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 01-21-2016 02:43 AM

It is certainly unique, Ted. And it sounds like you had a blast turning it.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 01-21-2016 02:46 AM

Nice work, Ted. And you got a finish on it….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Ted

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#3 posted 01-21-2016 03:11 AM

Yeah, it was a fun project if not a bit scary. I had to pile about 200 lbs. of weight on the lathe stand to keep it from dancing around and still had to keep the speed down about 600 rpm. The finish is shellac.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#4 posted 01-21-2016 03:12 AM

Hey Ted, I bet you’ll get some good reactions to that when your guests see it!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 01-21-2016 03:15 AM

That’s neat Ted. I’m glad you saw that inside the rough piece of wood. Poor ants.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 01-21-2016 03:15 AM

I’m not sure about good reactions but I’m sure to get some interesting reactions.

Bill, I actually did feel kind of bad for the ants… guess I’m just an ol’ softy.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#7 posted 01-21-2016 03:25 AM

Very cool. You could call it ‘erupting volcano cake’.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 01-21-2016 03:35 AM

Very interesting turning. I have a lot of those hollow knobs on logs around here. And they usually are a warning that the log will be full of those BIG black ants. The interesting thing to me is that all the ant sculpted areas are always jet black regardless of the wood species.

And I never feel sorry for the ants! I cremated a bunch of them in some blackjack in my stove today.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 01-21-2016 03:38 AM

Regardless what it’s supposed to be, it looks cool.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 01-21-2016 04:10 AM

Well, whatever it is, it did turn out looking like some art work. Probably a ant house. Cool. The hardest part of these turnings are figuring how to mount them.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 01-21-2016 04:19 AM

A very….
unique…
original…
interesting…
exotic…
distinctive…

Oh heck… that’s AWESOME!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Ted

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#12 posted 01-21-2016 04:23 AM

It’s official title is Erupting Volcano Cake… I like it.

Andy, the inside isn’t black but it is very dark. Maybe I dug all the black out. But yeah, thems were the ants. I guess if I make more of these I’ll have to take it outside to dig the rotted stuff out.

Monte, it’s supposed to be a cool looking vase. At least I got half of it right. :)

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#13 posted 01-21-2016 04:32 AM

Dave, I like the idea of an ant house. I could fill it with rotted wood for them to live in. :)

Randy, be honest… tell us what you really think. :p

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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William

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#14 posted 01-21-2016 04:51 AM

Nice.
And you should have left the ants in it till you spun it on the lathe.
They would have enjoyed the ride.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 01-21-2016 05:05 AM

William, I’m sure the ants would have enjoyed the ride but not so sure I would enjoy being covered with ants, or their remains. Talk about ants in my pants! :o

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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