|Project by derosa||posted 12-06-2011 05:56 AM||1121 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
As the title says, this is my first turned project to date however I did it without the benefit of any turning tools.
The wood is from an apple tree that a friend cut down last spring and I hacked up into some thicker pieces for just this reason. The only thing I would have done differently was made the top and bottom more parallel.
First I drilled a 3/8” hole through the center of the blank and then cut off the corners on the bandsaw. Once done I ran a 3/8 bolt through with a nut and tightened it down; then I chucked it in my old drill press like a drill bit. I wasn’t certain what speed to use and eventually landed on 2100 rpms.
My chisel for the purpose was a 100+ year old mortising chisel that was made in Rochester that I picked up for a buck at a flea market.
I used the chisel to shape the outside and add the curves near the edges. Once the outside was shaped I used the scroll saw to shape the inside roughly and a sanding bit chucked into drill. To make the inside completely round I wrapped sandpaper around a pepsi glass that just fit inside the bracelet.
To finifh the outside I then wrapped a rag around the outside of the chuck till the bracelet barely slipped over it. This let me sand the outside to 1200 grit. I finished it with urithane and will add a second coat in the morning
-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse