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Cocobolo and Brass Ring, PurpLev Box

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Project by PurpLev posted 01-02-2012 04:13 PM 2013 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Birthday present for my wife. This is a Cocobolo and Brass ring. The cocobolo it a piece that I picked up at Rockler just because I found it to have very interesting grain flows and I think it really worked well for the ring.

The box is my official first time using Purple Heart. I wanted the box to match up the ring and provide with a close tight fitting to hold the ring when not in use. I considered making a 4 sides jointed box, but had this vision of the turned box which I then decided to go with. I must say turning wood is a messy messy business. I think I spent just as much time to clean around as it took me to turn it. I just rolled with this box but I did learn a lesson or 2 if I should ever have to make another box in a similar fashion (Or it might be easier to just go with a bandsaw box). The purple heart has a really nice defined brown color after freshly cut and finished, and now several days later it is starting to turn purplish, both are nice to look at.

Peace and Peas.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.





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Maveric777

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 04:15 PM

Very nice work… I’m sure she will love it.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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shimster

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 04:43 PM

Do you mind me asking where you sourced your hand model?

Great project. As simple as it is creative.

-- Less is More.....expensive

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 04:49 PM

Hey Purp, that is really nice. Love the ‘simple’ design.

If you think turning is messy, I have a tool for you to watch. I guess we could retain the chaff better if we did this more often.

Good job, and happy birthday.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 04:56 PM

Excellent job all the way around, Sharon.

Wooden rings tend to look a bit bulky, but this one, with the brass center, looks perfectly scaled.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 05:10 PM

Ha! Thanks

shimster according to the contract I signed, I’m not supposed to reveal the identity of the hand model under any circumstances.

Steve as long as I can just watch it and not have to clean up after I don’t mind.

Charlie Thanks, I agree, and I think I could have gone even thinner on this one, but at some point it just felt ‘right’ more so than the pictures show.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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moonls

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 05:14 PM

What a beautiful gift from a talented craftsman! My experience with purple heart is that it is hard to mill a smooth finish with power tools (planer, etc.) so I’m curious how it was to work on the lathe (besides the flying chips!).

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 05:15 PM

Sharon A beautiful ring and box. Nice build.

-- 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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#8 posted 01-02-2012 05:18 PM

Karson Thanks

Lorna Thanks, PH turned pretty awful for me at first. it chipped and ripped, but I think this was due to my poor turning experience, and lack of proper setup for turning wood more so than the features of the wood itself, although it IS a harder material to mill than others for sure.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 05:29 PM

Such a nice way to enter the new year !
You did a wonderful job on both items,Sharon , and I’m sure she loves them : )
The PH is quite a challenge to turn so smoothly..Congratulations !
Happy New Year to you and your family , my friend : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 01-02-2012 05:37 PM

Thanks Len, I hope to see you at the ww show next week.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 01-02-2012 06:04 PM

Great job, Sharon.

Lee

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

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#12 posted 01-02-2012 06:08 PM

Very nice Sharon. A beautiful union of wood and metal and a very thoughtful gift. I respect you “coloring outside the lines” in venturing to turn a round box. Nicely executed.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 01-02-2012 06:11 PM

Outstanding! Cocobolo is one of my favorite woods. Me and Purpleheart have had our fling, too;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 01-02-2012 06:16 PM

Looking forward to seeing you at the show as well….I don’t know about Friday , but Saturday and Sunday for sure…well , weather permitting that is. If it snows enough , I will have to go in to work : (
Ellen and Lorna will be attending and hopefully you will be able to join us for dinner after the show : )
I will pm you my cell phone number.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 01-02-2012 06:25 PM

Thanks Lee, Lenny and Al.

Lenny – I will probably attend SAT (only), dinner sounds like a great way to end the event.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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