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Project by Mark Wilson posted 12-04-2016 10:49 AM 952 views 0 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The bowl part is Myrtle. It must be, because it says so.

It sure turned out looking a lot like Eucalyptus, though. I remember that day a couple years ago. They were trimming all the street trees that were hanging too far over the street. Those trees were Myrtle, Jacaranda, Cape Chestnut, some Magnolia, and a couple of Sycamores. I brought at least two pickup loads home that day. All the Myrtle was small stuff – on the order of 4-5” in diameter. I cut a whole bunch of short bucks and stacked them on the shelf behind me. And, I wrote on the end “Myrtle”. So I say it’s Myrtle.
I mused over how to mount it, and, when I was finished musing, I poked a bunch of screws into the flat side, and began turning. I didn’t want to wind up with another Thing like the Buddy Bell – a Thing I wouldn’t know what to do with. But, there you go. It got round on the bottom. I thought, I’ll figure something out. The piece is so small that I didn’t want to remove enough material from the bottom to make a 1-3/4” foot. So I poked a hole for the 3/8” wormscrew and determined to be very careful about not letting it break. Note: If you have a piece that’s top-heavy, no matter the overall size – and you mount it on a wormscrew, dribble CA into the hole and let it set for a good long time before driving the screw in. This fortifies the fibers. Note also, though, that, even if you let it set for a good long time, in the end, the screw is going to be very hard to remove.

I turned the top, being very indecisive about what I was looking for. I knew wasn’t wanting to open it all the way up into a bowl. I dug the trench around what became the opening, mainly to get the screw holes out. I began hollowing it out, somewhat, not being particularly fussy about the inside, when this happened:

You know, you’re gonna have to flip it back over and finish up the bottom.

I’ll make a donut chuck.

It didn’t work.

I’m thinking, now, that, mebbees, I can hollow it from the bottom.

Okay

So I had to be able to mount it very solidly in order to do all that violence to it. I made a grommet, of sorts, of 3/4” thick polyurethane, that was to fit over the opening, into the trench, the other side of which would receive my 2” jaws, expanded to get a good solid purchase on the item. Well, sir, I was so precise in my Plasticsmithery that it wound up too big to fit. Rather than spending another hour trying it again, I decided to just pad my pin jaws with carpet tape and hope it would be sturdy enough. It was. I should have, however, put something between the piece and the chuck face to keep the jaws from extending all the way into the opening. I found that, when I started digging into the bottom, by the time I got to the end of the wormscrew hole (the screw was very hard to extract), I was running into the end of the pin jaws. It wound up not very hollow on the inside, but that’s okay.
Now, what to do about that gaping hole in the bottom?

I shall make for it a foot.

The finial is made of Black Walnut, held by Ambrosia Maple. I glued together the remainders of those woods and glued them to the bottom, in a reflection of the finial.

I ended up re-turning the entire outside, in the process of blending the foot with the body.
I’d like to point out that, for the first time ever, I manage to get a “finish-ready” surface with my tools. I did no sanding on this piece. I went straight from shear scraping (skinning) to Shine Juice.

Thank you. And, I apologize/

-- Mark





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majuvla

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#1 posted 12-04-2016 11:08 AM

Always some educational additional photos from you, nice turning again.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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robscastle

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#2 posted 12-04-2016 12:02 PM

Hello Mark,

A nice piece of work you have done there.

Regarding Myrtle
I have a stock of Myrtle and the piece you present does not look like Myrtle to me. its not pink enough,

So I did a short check and I know you say its Myrtle as “it says so”

A question do you know the scientific or botanical name of the timber you have?

-- Regards Robert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 12-04-2016 12:06 PM

Oh, MY! This is amazing! All I can say is “Wow!” Brilliant job!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 12-04-2016 01:11 PM

Cool…and a very unique box!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 12-04-2016 02:17 PM

Your determination got you through this Mark. The results are beauty. Nice work.
I somehow look at it and see a chuck with the wormscrew in it.

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

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leafherder

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#6 posted 12-04-2016 02:50 PM

Hi Mark.

Fusion – that is what I see here – a bit Oriental, a bit Deco, some traditional, some space-age – a melding of shapes, woods, techniques, and influences. See your muse did not leave – by remaining silent for a while she was forcing you to listen to other voices – and the result was a wonderful “Objet d’Arte”

Congratulations and keep up the good work.

-- Leafherder

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dean2336

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#7 posted 12-04-2016 03:07 PM

WOW—-

-- dean2336,nebr.

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lew

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#8 posted 12-04-2016 04:05 PM

That’s a beauty, Mark.

The doughnut chuck failure- not tight enough? Maybe more bolts would have been better.

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

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 12-04-2016 04:26 PM

Mark, this is a wonderful piece and it’s interesting to see some of your fixtures.

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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Roman - THE BOOTMAN

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#10 posted 12-04-2016 04:29 PM

Many years ago when my boys were very young my wife and I visited the U.S. upper west coast and we stayed in Portland, Oregon. As a souvenir we bought a salt shaker made from myrtle wood. That is a beautiful wood!
You turning is beautiful!
Roman

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

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John

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#11 posted 12-04-2016 04:42 PM

No sanding, that’s impressive Mark! Nice job.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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DocSavage45

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#12 posted 12-04-2016 05:23 PM

Mark,

Good to see you in action again! Nice story which adds interest to the piece!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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jeffswildwood

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#13 posted 12-04-2016 05:36 PM

Mark, very nice. Seeing this makes me want to start turning. Great pictorial!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Mark Wilson

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#14 posted 12-04-2016 06:15 PM



Always some educational additional photos from you, nice turning again.

- majuvla


Thank you, Ivan.

-- Mark

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Mark Wilson

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#15 posted 12-04-2016 06:19 PM



Hello Mark,

A nice piece of work you have done there.

Regarding Myrtle
I have a stock of Myrtle and the piece you present does not look like Myrtle to me. its not pink enough,

So I did a short check and I know you say its Myrtle as “it says so”

A question do you know the scientific or botanical name of the timber you have?

- robscastle

The trees around here aren’t really that well-educated, Rob. I’ll look it up. Wait her a minute…
Lagerstroemia
Genus
“Lagerstroemia, commonly known as crape myrtle or crepe myrtle “banaba”, is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs native to the Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, northern Australia, and parts of Oceania, cultivated in warmer climates around the world. It is a member of the family Lythraceae, which a…”
My neighborhood is full of these.

-- Mark

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