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Mortar and Pestle for Lauren

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 1658 days ago 1283 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This mortar and pestle were made as a Christmas present to my step-daughter who is a Dr. of Pharmacy. The mortar stands about 6.5” tall and the base is about 3.5”. The rim and base are cocobolo, and the center is slightly spalted birdseye maple. The rim and base are tenoned into the body. The pestle is made from a single piece of African blackwood, that was cut, drilled and tenoned and an accent of Bocote’ was added before gluing it back together and turning. The finish is sanded to 600 grit, EEE, and finally a couple coats of Mylands friction polish.

I think it turned out rather well considering it was done a small 10” Shop Fox lathe. I did finally get my coveted Nova 16-24, but it still sits in the box in the garage because the boss says I can’t open it until I’ve quit smoking for 6 months. The reason it’s in the garage already is because it was $300 off Oct. I’m hopefull it will finally come out to play in 2010.

-- Scott, Irmo SC





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Monty Queen

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#1 posted 1658 days ago

Scott, Great job you do awesome work, I have never used a lathe berfore. I am thinking of taking a class in January at wood zone. Have a Happy New year.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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taidsturning

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#2 posted 1658 days ago

Another beautiful piece and very appropriate for your Pharmacist step daughter.

Keep up the fight with the smoking. I quit over 40 years ago when I was 30, but it was probably at least 10 years before a meal or a drink or some party didn’t trigger the desire to light up again.

Good luck with the Nova. I almost bought one myself when the sale was on. I will probably wish I had in another year or two.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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Plane & Simple Neil

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#3 posted 1658 days ago

I love this. I used to be a chemist and have never seen a mortar and pestle as nice as this!

I would have liked to have seen the mortise and tenon joints in the rim – looks tricky!

First class project!

-- Neil, Connecticut - Hand planing is good for the soul!

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richgreer

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#4 posted 1658 days ago

Very nice and very impressive. I do quite a bit of turning and I know a lot of other turners. I have never heard of tenoning the rim and base to the body before. I’m curious about how that was done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Kerux

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#5 posted 1658 days ago

Very Pretty! And a really nice design.

-- http://caledoniachurchofchrist.yolasite.com/

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SCOTSMAN

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#6 posted 1658 days ago

One of the nicest I’ve ever seen well done nice design. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 1658 days ago

I really like your design! Great looking Craftsmanship!!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 1658 days ago

Hi Scott;

Fantastic job.

Let me get this straight…

You made this for your wife’s daughter, but your wife wouldn’t let you use the Nova lathe?

That’s just plain mean!

There is a right time to fire the boss, you know!

AH, I guess it’s for a good cause though.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 1658 days ago

This is a very beautiful combination of woods, design and construction. As for waiting to use the lathe, theer’s no time like the present. Just say ‘when you’re turning, you can’t be burning” (cigs).

I bought the Nova during the Oct sales also and made lots of nice gifts, check my pages, (but none nicer than this).

-- Bob A in NJ

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 1658 days ago

Beautiful work some of the best M&T I’ve seen.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 1658 days ago

Another nice turning Scott and great combination of woods. Wait till you get on the Nova.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Scott Oldre

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#12 posted 1657 days ago

Thank you all for your great comments. I’ll be posting a few more today, all live edge.

Rich, having never taken a woodturning class I used the term tenoning because I cut a square edge along the rim of the body, then cut another internal square edge on the body, basically an internal rabbet. Then I cut a mating edge on the rim piece, glue them together so there are 3 glue surfaces for strength. If you look closely, the inside mating is deeper than the outside. Is there a term for this type of connection?

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 1269 days ago

Beautiful piece of workmanship! Nice choice of wood, too.

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

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quicksilver

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#14 posted 737 days ago

Beautiful project.
From one who worked all his life in a casino I wish you all the luck and strength
for the job of quitting smoking.
You will feel so much better and have so much more energy.
Good Luck and keep turning.

-- Quicksilver

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