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Project by George Coles posted 03-30-2016 01:36 AM 1592 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an old style Pottery Wheel made from old recycled timbers. The pedal wheel is an old solid wagon wheel and was supplied by the client. I nearly cried as it was beautiful old red Narra and I could see lots of uses for it. But as we know customer is always right. It is made with wedged tenons and dovetails. I put 2 stainless steel bolts on the seat cross member as this is the major stress area. It has two drawers for storing tools. These can be taken out and put on work area for easy access. It is a very heavy piece and needs four men to lift it. The finish to the piece is oil and wax. The basin is finished in 4 coats of epoxy resins for heavy duty wear and tear and water proofing. There was no trying to use all the same timber colors as this is a working piece and that would have increased the price. Plus the timber for the seat and the wheel were supplied by client

I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Thanks

George

-- George Coles, https://www.jarrahworks.com





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#1 posted 03-30-2016 01:41 AM

That’s the classiest one I have ever seen. You make everything beautiful.

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

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#2 posted 03-30-2016 02:00 AM

George,

It’s too nice to use! LOL! I’m with Monte”you make everything beautiful.”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 03-30-2016 02:04 AM

That is pretty awesome. I have never seen one like that.

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#4 posted 03-30-2016 02:47 AM

No need to cry, you’ve made a beautiful piece that everything after will be compared to. This is something that will live longer than you will… most strive for half your talent.

He who works with his hands is a labourer
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an Artist.

Francis of Assisi

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#5 posted 03-30-2016 05:25 AM

Nice work. After 10 years I have built a lot of things, but this project really calls to me.
The bowl is amazing and curves very refined. Can you share how you carved the bowl and softened the corners, and lips.

Thanks- I need that wheel! Priceless.

-- Things of the greatest worth are from the Earth. If you tell yourself that something is "close enough" it is not...do it again.

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George Coles

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#6 posted 03-30-2016 06:22 AM

Hi Posters. Thanks for your comments.

Hi Brent

I make the bowl in segments. First a thick base, in this case it was 50 mm. Drilled the two holes and partially ground out the bottom to approx 25 mm in center. Then place the next layer of 4×50 mm pieces that have been cut on bandsaw to 20 mm larger than what finish will be. Then place another layer the same. After drying and curing time, just grind out with arbortech grinding wheel and then comes the harder part of just sanding. Process is same for inside and outside.

Hope this helps

Best regards

George

-- George Coles, https://www.jarrahworks.com

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#7 posted 03-30-2016 11:29 AM

Wow. Just wow. Your client gets to be the classiest equipped potter around..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 03-30-2016 11:38 AM

This thing is beautiful! If that was me, I’d want it in the living room, not the workshop !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 03-30-2016 01:06 PM

That is beautiful. There is going to be a very happy potter.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 03-30-2016 01:07 PM

Please change your name to George Cools because this is too __ for school.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#11 posted 03-30-2016 01:28 PM

looks great

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#12 posted 03-30-2016 03:01 PM

That is a great shop built piece of equipment. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 03-30-2016 03:36 PM

Wow – that is a fantastic piece. Beautiful.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#14 posted 03-30-2016 07:49 PM

That is extremely nice. Great shaping of the wood and overall design. Should work well for your client.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#15 posted 03-31-2016 12:46 AM

Beautiful thing.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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