|Project by KnotCurser||posted 03-24-2010 11:41 PM||2180 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
A few days ago my wife asked if I could make a “chunky” bracelet and showed me one of her plastic ones.
What would any of us do except to say “YOU BET” and run out to the shop and then try to figure it out – I mean she just gave me a great excuse to spend a few more hours playing with walnut! :-)
Now, I don’t have a lathe and that made it a tad more difficult, but as you see not impossible – just required some additional thinking. Let’s see, if I take a 3 1/2” hole saw and bore through the piece like this…...... Then take a 2 3/4” hole saw and re-bore the piece through the same hole…...... Yup! That works!
What you see is the third attempt – the first was done in pine and turned out pretty well. The second was in walnut – I tried to to use a round-over bit on my router table on the edges and it quickly tore chunks out of it! Doh! Third time I skipped the router and stuck to sanding to get the shape I wanted.
All it takes after the drilling is a LOT of sanding and polishing – a good shop stereo and loud music are also a requirement! ;-)
I tried to get a picture with a flash as well as in the sun so you can see how the light is reflected. The pics still don’t do it justice. As you can see from this and my other projects – I LOVE walnut!
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