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Project by lew posted 08-04-2018 09:13 PM 537 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an idea I had been kicking around in my head (plenty of room in there).

The wood is a Manzanita root and the “glass” is Alumilite. The base is walnut. Finished with wipe-on poly. It’s about 5” tall and the glass is a little over 1” in diameter.

I don’t have a pressure pot so the glass is not completely devoid of tiny bubbles. I really had difficulty getting the Alumilite sanded/polished. The walls are thin and friction made the casting soft. I ended up using a canned air duster, held upside down to “freeze” the Alumilite then sand/ polish some more- alternating sanding/freezing.

The root mounted on a waste block at the beginning of the process.

The entire turning was done with Easy Wood Tools. Their new mid-sized micro detailer is perfect for this type of work.

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

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#1 posted 08-04-2018 10:31 PM

I’m not sure why I like it so much. Very strange and thought provoking. Well done Lew!

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#2 posted 08-04-2018 10:45 PM

INTRESTING …. I really do like it probably wasn’t too much fun turning it … I always have stuff in my head …. BUT that is where they lay ….LOL …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 08-04-2018 11:27 PM

Purty cute. Glass is fairly clear. Did ya try the Maguires?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 08-05-2018 12:12 AM

That is cool, Lew! Interesting way to “freeze and polish”.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 08-05-2018 12:15 AM

Pretty cool idea!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 08-05-2018 12:42 AM

Nicely done Lew.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 08-05-2018 01:13 AM

You’re looking more and more like an artist, Lew.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 08-05-2018 02:47 AM

Absolutely beautiful, creative and artistic. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 08-05-2018 06:32 AM

unusual work,like it

-- bambi

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#10 posted 08-05-2018 12:27 PM

Looks half empty to me, but I’m still working on my 1st cup of morning coffee.

Nice work, Lew!

-- My reality check bounced...

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 08-05-2018 02:53 PM

Pretty soon you will open your own studio and sell to the rich and famous… and we will all say we knew you… (-:

I am doing woodworking mostly in La Conner these days, but we are there just a couple months of the year. Now I am on a self-enforced period of rest. Got stupid and power washed everything but the lawn here in Anchorage, and then started to do the same thing in La Conner. Exacerbated an infirmity, related to scoliosis and a calcified facet in the back that I had at age 6. Sciatica plus hip pain. Its improving, but slowly.

Finally got my woodworking vise installed in La Conner, mounting it the hard way, meaning flush with the surface and the side of the bench. The bench there has finally become a truly usable thing.

I must have ten projects to post, mostly shop stuff, and one of these days I am really going to look prolific. I am now fully into this retirement thing, don’t wear a watch, and don’t carry a phone…

Hope all is well with you and yours. Entertaining some old friends here today, making a turkey and the fixings. Thanksgiving in August, what’s wrong with that?... (-:


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#12 posted 08-05-2018 08:05 PM

Nice job Lew, a very organic & character piece,
well done

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

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#13 posted 08-06-2018 12:41 AM

Albert- Thank You!

Tony- Thanks! I was experimenting with m new Easy Wood Tools mid-sized Micro Detailer.

Gene- Thank You! I’ll use it on the next Alumilite turning. I was wasting time at Harbor Freight and noticed they have it!

Cindy- Thanks! I got the idea because I used to have to watch that my students did not pull that trick on one and other!

Steve- Thank You!

John- Thanks!

Mark- Thank You!, I think ;^)

Hoss- Thanks!

Bambi- Thank You!

Hairy- Thank You! I just read a good one along those lines- ””It’s not that the glass is half full or half empty. It is that the glass is refillable”.

Jim- Thanks! I sincerely doubt that fame will be in my future. Glad you are finally settling into retirement. You deserve it but sorry to hear about the back problems. Nothing worse. No way to get comfortable. We just finished up a week of brother/sister/husband/wife visit. Mimi says the turkey is a great idea- easy to make and feeds a crowd!

Pete- Thank You!

Thanks for all of the views and making this a Daily Top 3, I really appreciate it!

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 08-06-2018 02:57 PM

The turkey worked out great, and the back is improving. Old problem, but still vexing.

Love your wood turnings, and I just gotta get there some day…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 08-07-2018 04:31 PM

That is a real neat idea. I like the freezing so you could sand it too! Good thinking!!.


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

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