|Project by Reaper621||posted 01-26-2012 08:57 AM||1063 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
I bought an osage orange bowl blank – mostly because I’ve wanted to use this wood in the shop ever since I first heard the name iron wood – and split it into two goblet blanks. The first one, I turned straight through the walls hollowing the cup. After spending an hour yelling at the broken pieces, I tried again, and came up with this. I’d like to think I’m getting a lot better at figuring out a) how thick I want the walls, and b) getting them that thick. But as most of you have said in response to turned projects – the wood decides most of the features.
For this piece, I sanded to 400 grit, but instead of lubricating the 400 with walnut oil, I sanded it dry. Then, I sanded it with 0000 steel wool, before applying a beeswax/orange oil mixture to it. Looks a lot different in the pictures than in person, but this is usually the case when you take pics from your phone. It has a beautiful orange color, a fun wood to turn (despite messing up two blanks to get this ONE goblet). I will definitely be buying more of this species.
-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.