Birthday Me Time

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Project by mgburr posted 885 days ago 1513 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s how I spent my birthday.

I’ve been working the last few months with SWMBO, getting her up to speed and comfortable with her lathe. Doing some bowls etc. My last ones were done on her lathe, which is a little low for me.

Today I got a chance to actually use my lathe. Was wondering if it was going to turn on since it’s been sitting in the corner lonely :-)

I’m not sure, but think this was a piece of walnut, it was in the cutoff box and decided I would see what I could do with it. I sanded it to 1000, and have been putting coats of tung oil on it. Now that it’s finally warm enough to use it.

I added the day ender to give a reference of size to the goblet, and also to pay homage to the patron saint of my birthday St. Patrick. The glass of Irish at the end of a good day turning.

edited 17 Mar 2012 for spelling.

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#1 posted 885 days ago

Happy Birthday! Nice goblet! The tung oil really brought out some nice color in the wood.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 885 days ago

Happy Birthday. It is my brother’s also.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 884 days ago

Nice work on the goblet. Did you have to sand with the grain as well to get it so shiny, or just carefully progress through the grits?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#4 posted 884 days ago

Ah, nothing like the smell of sawdust on your birthday.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#5 posted 884 days ago

Great job !!!!

Happy Birthday !!!

Odd, too. At a concert, last night, I ordered a Jameson, neat. I mean … I don’t know if I’ve EVER ordered a Jameson. It just … came out !

Guess I was thinking of you ….

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 884 days ago

Happy Birthday! Nice goblet, but it doesn’t look like Walnut to me. Don’t worry, I’m an ignoramus when it comes to wood types.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 884 days ago

I must say I am chalice of your turning ability.
Looks like walnut to me. Slainte!

I’m a sucker for a bad pun

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#8 posted 884 days ago

bobasaurus, I worked it on the lathe up to 400, then hand sanded in with grain and swirls up to 1000. I was trying to smooth out the pores as much as possible. Also being in FL, the sun is very kind to tung oil finishes. It helps bake them to where after several coats they harden and retain the shine.

Stefang, I picked it up at the local WC store, I can’t remember what the label had, but it was either walnut, or possibly paduk with the lighter colors. it was long enough I could have made a pepper mill, but figured a nice goblet after the winged one would be a different pace.

now if I can just get it to harden enough to where I’ll pour the whiskey in it. ;-)

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#9 posted 884 days ago

That’s beautiful, nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 884 days ago

Very nice. I need to try a pure tung oil finish someday… I’ve used the Minwax “tung oil finish” variant, but I’m pretty sure it’s 95% polyurethane.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#11 posted 883 days ago

I’ve worked heavily with both Paduak and Black Walnut…..sure looks like Walnut to me! Smell should have given it away, with either of those.

-- Dave

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