I finally made one, sort of.

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Project by hunter71 posted 08-18-2012 11:04 AM 1807 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am NOT known as a turner of fine woods, but I like the results the masters have and like to give it a try sometimes. I love the rustic effects of PINE KNOTS but have almost all of them blow up before they finish. The structure of a pine knot is such as it has vertical faults that are just waiting for failure, and I always seem to meet that place where they form. This is a lot thicker than I wanted but it is whole at least. An accomplishment for this toy maker.
Comments welcome, Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 11:50 AM

That’s really cool looking Mr. Hunter! My first thought was it’s a tsmoking pipe. How big is that pine knot ?
You need to put somethng near it for prospective! Glad it didn’t explode on you!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 01:00 PM

Looks good to me

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#3 posted 08-18-2012 02:28 PM

Nice job

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#4 posted 08-18-2012 02:32 PM

That’s truly a one of a kind.

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#5 posted 08-19-2012 01:59 AM

Wow ! You give instructions on how ? My knots never look like that.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#6 posted 08-19-2012 11:05 AM

Well, since I was asked I feel I must tell how I did it. Some might say I cheated, I say I overcame a problem with positive results. [ No I am not a political candidate]. I mounted the knot up screwed to a backing plate and used a 2” forsner bit to remove the center, very slowly. Then I very slowly finished the inside and out. Turned it over and re-chucked it to finish. As always comments are appreciated. I still say I didn’t cheat, when these come apart they are done, no amount of CA glue will put humpy dumpty back together again.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 08-19-2012 02:03 PM

Looks good Doug, I have never heard of Knot turning…. As you were saying they are
hard to turn I was thinking part of the problem might be sharpness of the tool. As hard
as those knots are maybe you have to use an ultra sharp carbide tool. I can easily see
that HSS might dull very quickly with that type of cut. As for your drill trick, I had never
thought to use a forstner bit in turning, with the flat bottom that sounds like the perfect
tool to start any bowl with.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 08-19-2012 02:13 PM

Very nice Doug, I wish I could find nice pieces of wood like that where I live. I have seen some huge burls on tree’s in national parks (mostly poplar) and just wish I could cut them off and turn them.

-- Ryan

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