|Project by rance||posted 07-29-2012 11:53 PM||4746 views||6 times favorited||20 comments|
I got this blank months ago but was too afraid to mess it up so it just sat on the shelf. I finally wanted to see what it turned out like(yes, puns always intended) so I cut it in half and chucked it up in the scroll chuck. I decided to make a toothpick holder so as to not ruine much wood if it was a disaster.
There’s an interesting thing about this wood. ‘Plywood’, actually. But this is different in that all the layers are glued parallel to each other. This makes it great for turning as it becomes a true spindle turning, and you don’t have to deal with edge-grain tearout.
The coloring of the layers is pretty good too in that it doesn’t bleed much(unless you use Denatured Alcohol on it). I’ve gotten in the habit of cleaning all my turnings with DNA to remove all the sanding dust and to remove any oils that might be present. After doing that on this piece, it dulled the colors so I had to re-sand it. Not a big deal though.
I finally came up with a shape I liked with a little modification. Maybe that’s what the saying ”The wood spoke to me.” means. I probably unconciously stole it from Trifern or someone else. It was easy enough to turn being it was a simple shape. The most difficult part was determining the step by step process in keeping it chucked in the lathe. I ended up turning a tennon to jam-chuck it for turning the bottom. I’m happy with it. I can see myself turning more of these. Many more.
All comments and constructive criticisms are welcome.
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