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Project by Bearpie posted 1012 days ago 1130 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

2 Hearts- 7 1/2” D x 8 1/2” H 398 Pieces 12 segments per row

Purple Heart and Yellow Heart segmented vase. This is my toughest piece so far and took me a week to cut, sand, glue and assemble this piece. It gave me great satisfaction to make this one and my wife really likes this one!

A Grapefruit Bowl- 10 1/2” D x 2 1/2” H

I picked this wood up from a tree service company while on vacation in Fort Myers, Fl. The guy said this wood is extremely hard to work with. I did not have any kind of problem working with it and loved the way it turned. Possibly the guy’s tools were not sharp enough? This wood was already beautifully spalted and I love the patterns on it. I still have a few more pieces of Grapefruit left to turn.

Comments and critiques welcomed and appreciated!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL





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MichaelA

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#1 posted 1012 days ago

Very beautiful and colorful piece Bearpie.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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AkBob

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#2 posted 1012 days ago

Wow, fantastic! It looks like it took a lot of work.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 1012 days ago

These are quite beautiful, Bearpie! Boy the segmented piece must have taken a lot of patience! It came out wonderful, though.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Loucarb

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#4 posted 1012 days ago

Well done Erwin. Great wood combination on the vase and bowl looks great.

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sedcokid

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#5 posted 1012 days ago

Two beautiful bowls… Well Done! It is always nice when your wife likes what you have done. We winter in Punta Gorda and perhaps you could send me a pm and let me know the name of the tree service you contacted to get the Grapefruit wood. I have contacted several groves in our area and have never found any fruit wood.

Your projects is outstanding!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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terrilynne

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#6 posted 1012 days ago

Very beautiful heartwood bowl, it just glows!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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branch

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#7 posted 1011 days ago

hi love the vase the 2 wood colors works well together great job
like the bowl also very nice

branch

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peteg

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#8 posted 1011 days ago

Realy nice colourfull piece Erwin, gee you have thoes joints lovely & tight, great job : ))

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

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Sam Shakouri

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#9 posted 1011 days ago

AND YOU ARE the one who told me that you had long way to go to catch up with me??
It looks you are on The Top Gear, my friend!!

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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vipond33

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#10 posted 1011 days ago

Picture 3 says it all. Perfect mitres, lamination’s, turning and finish – a tour de force. Do you use a disc sander to get the final fit on the last angle?

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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Bearpie

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#11 posted 1010 days ago

I use a disc sander before I glue it on, and when I am ready to glue the rings together I have a flat hickory board with sandpaper glued to it that I use to true up the wood on the lathe before attaching the next ring. I usually glue the thin strip to the thicker board and square it up before I start cutting the segments. There will come a time when I may glue 3 or more layers together before cutting them. It will depend on the pattern or design I choose or come up with. I have a home made ring press that I use when gluing rings to keep them flat. At first I glued the rings together using the ring press but found that the rings will slip slightly and put my alignments out of balance. What I have started to do is use a square piece of 3/4” baltic plywood with a tiny hole drilled in the center and a conical shaped hole drilled in the center on one side for the live center to set on/in. Then I draw rings on the other side approximately 1/8” smaller diameter so I can place the ring exactly in center and use CA glue on 2 sides to hold it in place (a drop each side is plenty) then I test fit it in place to see if it is correct and it usually is. Then I apply glue (I like Titebond III ) and use the lathe to clamp it together. I can add another ring in about an hour but have to use gentle pressure to sand the ring to true it up before attaching the next ring. I then wait till the next day and turn the inside while it is wide open and easily accessible. I turn just enough of the sides so it is round and smooth before applying the next ring(s).

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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vipond33

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#12 posted 1010 days ago

Erwin, thanks ever so much for the explanation. It’s like having a tutor! Those are great tips on construction that I and others may never have thought of. Using the lathe to clamp and mark out are super ideas and are going to help us novices immensely. I can see now how your patience and careful work pays off. Great stuff.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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