cocbolo and boxwood threaded box

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Project by George watkins posted 1703 days ago 1833 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hello all

I can never get cocobolo to take a good thread (i know it can be done) so for this piece i glued some boxwood in and chased a 22tpi thread in that instead.
2” diameter by 4.5” long
finished in the u-beaut eee and shellwax system

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#1 posted 1703 days ago

very well done, bueatiful.
what did you use for the finish?

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#2 posted 1703 days ago

any good links to more info on chasing threads? also, did you dye that cocobolo? the colors look psychedelic! awesome piece, i hope it is treasured over generations…

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George watkins

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#3 posted 1703 days ago

Paul – i used the u-beaut syetm to finish this piece
Chris- No dye used just normal cocobolo- here's a link to a thread on here about thread chasing.

thank you for your comments

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#4 posted 1703 days ago

Nicly done…

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#5 posted 1703 days ago

very cool

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#6 posted 1703 days ago

beautiful !

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#7 posted 1703 days ago

That is a great looking turning. Nice job.

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#8 posted 1702 days ago

BEAUT-iful! I’ve got ‘threading’ on my skill to-do list and will definitely use this piece as inspiration!

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#9 posted 1702 days ago

Nice work… Cocobolo is my favorite wood to turn (well, I like Ambrosia Maple too). Luckily, I have a supplier right down the road with the most wonderful selection.

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#10 posted 1702 days ago

This is amazing. Did you count the number of threads/turns so the grain meet?

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#11 posted 1701 days ago

thankyou for all of your kind comments woodworm- i wish it was that easy to get the grain to match up- each thread will allow one side of the box to turn through 360 Degrees a full rotation, so when you finally get the threads to fit and you have a nice smooth flull length thread its extremley lucky if the grain match’s- so what i do is take some wood away from the female collar thus allowing the wood to rotate further until it rotates enough to allow the grain to match.
i hope that makes sense
best wish’s

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#12 posted 1281 days ago

great piece and your website is very impressive. you are a lucky man to live the life you do.

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#13 posted 296 days ago

Outstanding piece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

George, have you ever put the inserts in last and glued that last one in and turned it until it matched and leave it dry in that position?

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George watkins

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#14 posted 295 days ago

thank you for your comment Jim- no i’ve never tried that method. The way i make them i rely on the threaded collar being glued in prior to turning as I then make wooden threaded jam chucks and thread each half of the box onto them to remove my chucking marks and finish the outside of the box.

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