Small Spalted Maple Turned Box

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Project by kapanen posted 10-29-2012 03:17 PM 1279 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had some fun this weekend.

The box is made of Spalted Maple. I enjoyed making it. Has a simple lacquer finish.
I did have trouble getting things as smooth as I wanted. Being a “punky” wood it never seemed to smooth out, especially on the end grain.

Any suggestions or tips when confronted with such issues would be appreciative.

The last photo is NOT made of wood, but rather deer antler. I purchased a piece at PetSmart, and went for it. Turned out rather nice.
Don’t worry, these are harvested from National Parks, via natural shedding….no deers were harmed in the making of this pen!

I took it as far as I could in grits of sand paper….2000. It has no finish.

Finding a piece that will be straight enough is the challenge. Dealing with some unusual odors is also something that I wasn’t prepared for.

Nice weight to it.

Thanks for looking

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 06:16 PM

I had the same problem with the spalted maple – it was “punky” and hard to get a good finish on it. Nice finale on the lid.

As for the Deer Antler try to get your hands on some Reindeer Antler, I’ve tried a lot of antler (turning pens) and I found out that the Reindeer gave me the best results. I used to get mine from a guy in Utah, but I can’t seem to put my hands on his telephone number anymore.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 04:11 AM

Box looks great, Nice Finial…. Yes antler does stink…. They look great but sometimes the smell about makes ya gag….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#3 posted 11-02-2012 12:58 AM

Looks great—I’m thinking of making something similar for my wife. What method did you use to hollow this out?

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#4 posted 11-02-2012 03:12 AM

I simply used an Easy Tool….the square one. Have to admit, that I love their tools. Makes life so much simpler, and easier (no pun) thinking about sharpening and all the time money and techniques involved with it.

-- "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"....Pablo Picasso

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