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Project by BarbS posted 01-31-2011 03:53 AM 1241 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I was experimenting with my new chatter tool, using it to decorate the backs of these little 2” mirrors. They’re done on silver maple, and I have yet to wax and buff them up to a shine. This tool is Fun. Now that I know how it works, I’ll start adding V-grooves to divide sections of different patterns, and mixing colors. I like this!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/





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NormG

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 04:09 AM

They look great, keep us posted as you try new things

-- Norman

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 04:20 AM

Are you going to make the purse that you are going to put these compacts into?

Nice job and some cool chattering. That’s what my teeth are doing in the shop now.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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michelletwo

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 04:25 AM

nifty!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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peteg

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 04:31 AM

BarbS, there is nothing nicer than having a good old play with a new toy, way to go.
Nice little mirrors with a point of interest as well as colourfull, would make great prezies
Want to see you “chatter”more

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

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SPalm

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 04:32 AM

Those look very nice. I am impressed.
I feel really ignorant as I have no idea how you do this.
More stuff to learn, cool.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 04:38 AM

Looks good Barbs, seems like you are always coming up with neat stuff!

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 05:50 AM

I have no idea what a chatter tool is, but these look great. It looks like your having fun with your new tool.

-- Janice

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BarbS

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#8 posted 01-31-2011 06:02 AM

Ah, you non-turners! A chatter-tool is a pointy device held far out over the tool rest against the workpiece, and allowed to ‘chatter’ along its surface, leaving a consistent pattern of cuts as you drag it along a single line with the lathe turning. It leaves a different pattern in close to the center, which is barely turning, and another pattern at the outer edge, if you properly apply the pressure it needs. Kind of tricky, but really fun once you get the hang of it.
These slim discs were attached to a waste block with double-stick tape. Only one knocked off and went flying across the shop. Turners know to stand out of the line of fire! Zing!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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peteg

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 06:58 AM

BarbS we all know (us turners) what a “loose” piece flying about the shop is like, it’s just a matter of how fast you are spinning as to how fast you duck :)
I can tell you are in love with this new toy, could be a worry! ———just joking——mabey :)

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

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dorran

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#10 posted 01-31-2011 07:18 AM

Very nice colors. Now I know what a chatter tool is. Cool little mirrors. Thanks for sharing.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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mmh

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#11 posted 01-31-2011 08:48 AM

Looks like fun! The mirrors look like they’d make nice gifts. You’ll have fun staining the patterns with different layers of colors.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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tdv

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#12 posted 01-31-2011 12:18 PM

I only ever used mine once on the base & top of my cake stand pictured with the wooden fruit I turned (see post) they are interesting to say the least, these would be neat little gifts. Nice idea.
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Joanne

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#13 posted 01-31-2011 02:23 PM

Great looking, I didn’t know silver maple could look so nice!

-- Joanne, New York, www.creationhollow.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 01-31-2011 03:38 PM

They would make nice buttons! Big buttons.

Nicely done.

Lee

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

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#15 posted 01-31-2011 03:43 PM

Nice ‘chatter’. I don’t turn, that term is new to me, but I’m sure impressed. That sounds like a technique that requires skill as well as courage-these looks great!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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