A couple of firsts for me

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Project by gridlockd posted 715 days ago 1187 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This turned box represents a couple of firsts for me. This is my first time to turn anything on endgrain and with the pith left in. I found this to be fairly difficult, as the wood was on the verge of being unworkable due to that fine line between spalted and rotted. I stabilized it with minwax wood hardener. which if you’re going to use, make sure to allow at least 24 hrs to fully cure. Also, this was my first experience inlaying turquoise into anything. I was a bit worried that the stone would be death for my lathe tools, but it actually turned pretty well.
This is made from spalted oak with turquoise inlay in the inclusions and wormholes. this was a birthday gift for my mother, she was very happy with it. It was a challenging and rewarding project. thanks for looking!

-- Gridlockd

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#1 posted 715 days ago

Nice work! Looks real nice!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 715 days ago

A friend of mine , a turner, regularly uses C.A. glue to harden pithy wood, especially wood like Olive with lots of veins.
works well for him.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#3 posted 715 days ago

Beautiful work ! Yeah, that endgrain turning used to scare the pith outta me also. JUST GO FOR IT !

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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#4 posted 715 days ago

Very nice! I’m looking forward to trying something like this myself.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 715 days ago

It is very beautiful. The fact that it’s for mom makes it very special.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 715 days ago

Very nice job!! I realy like the inlay work. You have made a treasure for you Mom that she will treasure for years.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#7 posted 715 days ago

Nice lidded box. Good thing you saved it from rotting to pieces. I like the turquoise fill- it give it a rich look to the spalting!!

Your mother will treasure it, for sure!!! .................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 715 days ago

thanks to all for the kind comments. Bruce – I use CA on almost every project I do to one extent or another. I LOVE the stuff! I also use is for securing cracks and such. In this piece the wood was so far gone it would have taken a quart of CA to get it workable. the minwax wood hardener works very well, i recommend it. Just give it lots of drying time! glad to know I’m not the only woodworker that swears by CA!

-- Gridlockd

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#9 posted 714 days ago

Very interesting design !!!

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#10 posted 714 days ago

Nice turning, I also love turning spalted wood, you never know how it’s going to turn out !

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#11 posted 714 days ago

Very nice job.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#12 posted 713 days ago

That piece is gorgeous. I think I have a birthday coming up if your interested :)

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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