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Project by Stephen Mines posted 02-15-2011 05:24 PM 1405 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first photo show parts fresh off the lathe for two different fireplace jobs. The second photo shows the two left and right Zebrano rope turned pedestals installed, supporting a Zebrano mantle. Photos 3 and 4 show the fireplace surround of Poplar (10” diameter) that is a split turning. I was taught to use newspaper and urea resin glue between the two pieces of wood that were meant to be split after turning. After a few bouts of trying to get such apart I experimented: now I glue-up using plain yellow glue and Kraft paper (the brown paper we used to wrap mailed packages in). Shown is the left-hand lead…right hand lead shown in assembled photos 3 and 4. The twists are turned at about a 100 degree angle,,,seems to make a more elegant chevron when assembled than a plain 90 degree. Sometimes strange things happen when putting twist turnings together like thiis! These parts were made for customer Terry Wilcox/Stairmasters, Inc. (hey, he had the name before the exercise machine!)

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#1 posted 02-15-2011 06:11 PM

Excellent work. Your photos are not complimenting the work though.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 07:08 PM

Hi Steli, Ya gotta remember I’m a woodworker playing at graphics. By your profile you are a graphic designer. . . My thanks to you for your woodworking compliment and for your photo critque, always room to learn! However, as I mentioned to you, I’m working with what I have. If I had a time machine (well, I do, but it’s still got a few bugs to work out) I’d saw into the past with my trusty digital camera and redo/rework my life’s scrapbook. But, I haven’t and I can only reiterate, am working with what I have, with the current time that I can spare. Best Regards, Stephen

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