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Silver Maple Tricorn 03122016

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 03-15-2016 01:36 AM 1190 views 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started with two cubes.

Size, about 2-3/4” sq. Mounted between centers. The spur center is poked into a hole that I carefully centered and drilled on a carefully fichiseled triangle on the corner. The opposite corner is jammed into the live center, with its nipple removed.

For those of you who haven’t tried this, this photo shows what it looks like while spinning. You can see that there are two rows of corners going by. The thing is to turn the outside shape up to one of those rows. If you want a deep piece, you turn away one row completely, then carefully, so as not to break them, go right to the upper corners – the right row, in this case. I turned a tenon on the head stock end. My cube, as it turns out, wasn’t big enough to get a tenon that would fit my 2” jaws. I had to use the pin jaws, on a 1” tenon. Yes, you saw two cubes. The second one had its tenon break off. This one, that I finished, didn’t break. If, on the other hand, you want a shallower bowl, you’ll turn up to the first row, finish up the bottom-outside, having created a tenon or recess on the bottom, flip it over, mount it in the chuck, then, turn away the upper corners, going from the top down. I have actually, in the past, turned tenons on both ends, in case I didn’t yet know the top from the bottom. In this piece, I knew going in. So, I put the tenon on the spur center side.

It only pretends to have a lid. I didn’t hollow this out, due to its diminutive size. I think any time in the future that I decide to make such a thing, I’ll start with a five- or six-inch cube, so I can mount it to the 2” jaws. Also, I think it might behoove me to make the cube from the center of a log, instead of from one side of a half-log.

It’s finished with straight Shellac, brushed on and rubbed out.

-- Mark





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Roman - THE BOOTMAN

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 02:00 AM

I like how you use bits and pieces. Nice work Mark.
RH

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 02:06 AM

Well done Mark! It’’s an interesting piece!
My first thought looking at the photos was “What? No picture with the lid off”. Glad you cleared that up!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 03-15-2016 02:10 AM

Thanks.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 03-15-2016 02:16 AM

First picture reminds me of Aladdin’s lamp – and I think you let the genie out of the bottle on this one. From your description it sounds like you are about to start a lot more experimenting with these techniques. Great job on this one and best of luck with the next.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 03-15-2016 02:35 AM

Very cool, Mark.

BTW, I changed my email, and now I’m getting notifications again.

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

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#6 posted 03-15-2016 02:42 AM

Hey Mark,

Very graceful.

Do you have the piece in mind when you start?

Didn’t see what type of wood it is.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 03-15-2016 03:02 AM

Fantastic.what else can I say.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 03-15-2016 04:59 AM

Very neat Mark.

-- 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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#9 posted 03-15-2016 05:29 AM

John. The genie had to get out. It’s not his bottle. Kinda like me. When someone says I’m outa my tree, I say, “It’s not my tree.”
Charlie, goof on ya.
Tom: Someone didn’t READ THE TITLE. And, yes, you kinda have to have something in mind, when you mount something that way.
Brian, Tom, you’re both very gracious.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 03-15-2016 06:04 AM

Hey Mark, you didn’t say what you had in mind though!!!! Nice piece of work, like it.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#11 posted 03-15-2016 06:14 AM

That’s another great idea for a project Mark, keep them coming.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#12 posted 03-15-2016 06:24 AM

UHHHH?? Read? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 03-15-2016 06:49 AM

Bob: I mounted a cube on-point, between centers. What, besides a tricorn, could I possibly have had in mind?
Thank you, John.
Tom, there’s a sign on the door, You walked right by it twice. In big, bold letters. It said, “Push,” and you pulled. You make me happy.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 03-15-2016 08:16 AM

Lovely little thing, Mark. Thanks for the process explanation.


Bob: I mounted a cube on-point, between centers. What, besides a tricorn, could I possibly have had in mind?
- Mark Wilson

We never know with you. :-)


Tom, there s a sign on the door, You walked right by it twice. In big, bold letters. It said, “Push,” and you pulled. You make me happy.
- Mark Wilson

Maybe Doc went to school at Midvale

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 03-15-2016 09:40 AM

Reminds me on Aladin’s magic lamp.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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