Lidded Canister

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 05-31-2016 11:51 AM 1409 views 1 time favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This began with a block of African Shedua that I picked up at Rockler a long time ago. I split it down the middle into two billets roughly 2” x 7-1/2”.

I determined, from the outset, that I would go all Celtic K-not on it, in an elongated configuration. I spent the better part of a week deciding what to use as the shims. I was really excited about the idea of using some transparent material, ranging from CD case plastic to CDs to, push-come-to-shove, casting resin. I needed to get something done, so, I went with decidedly untransparent Ficus.

It took a few days to get all get kids on the bus (shims in the kerfs), and, this evening (last evening – it’s 4 AM now), I began looking for a shape. I had to go really deep to make the lines meet, and, deeper still, to make the gaps go away. I was afraid I was gonna have to do a bunch of filling. In the end, none was needed.

I polished it up to its natural sheen.

The cap end was in the chuck, which is kinda bassackwards for lidded box-making. There it was, so, that’s how I did it. After finishing the body, I cut it off, leaving the cap in the chuck, hollowed, and finished shaping the cap, finished the cap, and mounted the body in the chuck to ream it out. Once the two parts were finished, they fit very nicely together, with that little “pop” noise, when the cap is taken off.
The final photo, above, is with the flash turned on, so you can see the inside, which, I think, is gorgeous.
I’m happy to have been able to get something done in the Dungeon. And, I hope you like it as much as I do.
At its narrowest point, it’s only about an inch in diameter. I drilled it out with a 9/16” spur drill, and then opened up the upper half with a fingernail gouge.
The finish is Shine Juice, topped with straight shellac.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 12:14 PM

Beautiful piece, Mark. I should learn how to do that. It is really cool!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 01:06 PM

Absolutely beautiful, Mark! Very creative. I’ll have to put something with a Celtic knot on my mental to-do list. Probably be as close as I’ll get to actually doing one. Too many other things already ahead of it, and they’re not getting done either!

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 01:29 PM

Knice Knot!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 05-31-2016 01:58 PM

I have to give you credit Mark, that’s a nice piece with the knot.

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

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#5 posted 05-31-2016 03:13 PM

Very well done. Now if I could only come close to your work.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 05-31-2016 04:24 PM

Nice turned piece and it’s pattern. The post with photos is very educational.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 05-31-2016 06:47 PM

This really turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 05-31-2016 07:02 PM

Very cool! And I have never worked with either of those woods, they do look nice together.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#9 posted 05-31-2016 07:19 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Think, make and share.

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#10 posted 05-31-2016 08:05 PM

Very unique! Nice pattern and a great job Mark!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#11 posted 05-31-2016 08:16 PM

Thank you. Thank you. And, also, thank you.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 05-31-2016 09:05 PM

always great to try a new turn Mark, this one came up real sweet, nice finish :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 05-31-2016 10:37 PM

A very nice result Mark,
The purring of a lathe in the dungeon at 4AM sure beats hearing chains rattling!

-- Regards Robert

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#14 posted 05-31-2016 10:55 PM

Another great job – me like-us the ficus. :) Nothing like ending the month (and a holiday weekend) on a high note with some shop time. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#15 posted 05-31-2016 11:22 PM

Mark is gorgeous. I am awe struck.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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