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Project by Reaper621 posted 914 days ago 986 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 914 days ago

So,

How did you get this to stick to the wall like that?

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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EyeOfTheJen

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#2 posted 914 days ago

turning tape..lol seriously though.. nice little goblet.. I like the finish also.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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Reaper621

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#3 posted 914 days ago

It’s sitting on my desk.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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KnotCurser

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#4 posted 914 days ago

What I was referring to was that you need to learn how to properly rotate your pictures prior to posting them on LJ’s. ;-)

I am not being rude, I just know that many people will just bypass any pictures posted sideways.

This is a very pretty turning – It deserves to be presented nicely so people can appreciate it.

Just about any photo editor has a ‘rotate’ option in it – I will gladly send you instructions for whatever operating system you have.

Keep up the great work!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Reaper621

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#5 posted 914 days ago

If you have a problem with something I’ve posted come out and say it, I don’t appreciate subtle hints or mind games, nor do I care for the suggestion that I don’t know how to use my computer. Pictures are fixed.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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KnotCurser

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#6 posted 914 days ago

I was only trying to be nice – I could have simply skipped over and/or ignored your posting.

I was just trying to help – that’s what we do here on LJ’s.

I certainly wasn’t trying to play “mind games”.

I figured you saw that your pictures were sideways and didn’t want to tell you something you already knew.

Nor did I know your level of talent with a computer.

I would say “Sorry”, but I really wouldn’t mean it. How’s that for honesty.

Have a great day

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Reaper621

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#7 posted 914 days ago

I wasn’t waiting for an apology, I was communicating to you that I took offense to what you wrote. Or would you rather people just keep their mouths shut when that happens?

At any rate, this kind of suggestion belongs in a private message, not on the public board.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 914 days ago

Nice looking goblet, well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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KnotCurser

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#9 posted 914 days ago

You posted your reply in a public forum, as did I.

I promise this – you will have no further problems with me.

Good day sir

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Nick

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#10 posted 914 days ago

Nice turning. The goblets are getting better with each one that you do. I don’t think I have ever heard of osage orange being called ironwood though. Ironwood usually refers to a wood that has a specific gravity greater than water. I could be wrong though. Again nice work.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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Reaper621

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#11 posted 914 days ago

Thanks, Nick! I’m glad you like my turnings. Next is that piece of mesquite. I was putting it off because I didn’t know if I wanted to go with the same shape as my other bowls.

Osage is, indeed, more dense than water. When placed in a bucket full of water, it will plummet to the bottom. In fact, when I first heard of it, I had only heard it referred to as ironwood. It was years later I found out ironwood was a category, not a species. But that’s ok, because a quick ironwood google search got me to this beautiful orange. Whether it is officially ironwood or not, this stuff is HARD! I had to sharpen my chisels twice while turning it.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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dspahn

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#12 posted 914 days ago

My mom, who lives in the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, sent me a block of wood she called “Bodark”. I’d never heard of it, so I looked it up, and it turns out Osage Orange == Bodark (along with a slew of other names).

Oh… And nice turning!

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