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Project by Kelly posted 10-27-2018 02:26 AM 473 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After four decades or so of woodwork, I touched a lathe for the first time. Never a patient person, I loved the instant gratification. That being the case, it’s almost comical that I complicated the processes by adding plating (copper) to the processes and, now, laminations. Of course, all this is worth it because the end results are so fun.

Anyway, I am taking advantage of the [literal] truck load of acrylics I acquired when someone was throwing it all away. I decided to try laminating the clear pieces that were too small for most uses between pieces of scrap wood that, otherwise, would have been destined for the fire bin. When that part was done, I incorporated copper plating I began doing a while back and this is what resulted.

I’ve been staying with the transparent colored plastics and love the fiber optic effect from back-lighting.

I’ve added copper to many of my other [mundane] turnings, to set them apart, but these REALLY seem to play well with it.





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 10-27-2018 03:20 AM

Very pretty.

FUN is a very important part of any hobby!

Make things that make you fell like you accomplished something too. Lathe is fun to play with. “Wood Rescue” is
also very important.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 10-27-2018 10:52 AM

pretty nice first attempt – my first ( and last ) attempt went directly to the waste pile.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 10-27-2018 03:48 PM

Hi Kelly,

I REALLY like these – great use of scraps that otherwise would have been burned or trashed. Unique concept laminating the wood and acrylic for turning as ornaments so light can pass through (Winter Holidays are all about lights and sparkle). I think the possibilities are endless in terms of wood/acrylic combinations and turned shapes. You could even add some of your copper for additional sparkle and variety.

Great job, thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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Kelly

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#4 posted 10-27-2018 09:13 PM

I’ve got those (coppery plated dohickeys).


Hi Kelly,

I REALLY like these – great use of scraps that otherwise would have been burned or trashed. Unique concept laminating the wood and acrylic for turning as ornaments so light can pass through (Winter Holidays are all about lights and sparkle). I think the possibilities are endless in terms of wood/acrylic combinations and turned shapes. You could even add some of your copper for additional sparkle and variety.

Great job, thanks for posting.

- leafherder


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#5 posted 10-28-2018 01:28 AM

Very cool. Looks like a bit of fun to make.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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