Spalted Cube in Cube

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Project by socrbent posted 10-30-2012 07:30 PM 2064 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I never understood the attraction for rotting wood (spalted) until this project. The 3” cube in cube was made from a scrap of soft maple. It was meant to be a quick project using my new Delta 16-900L drill press and it didn’t take long. The Delta has none of the wobble that my previous Hitachi had. My only problem with the new DP came when the pulley at the top of the spindle shaft came loose. That seemed to be easy to fix though. What really surprised me was the beauty of the wood when the 2 coats of Danish Oil were applied and even more so after the 2 coats of wax. Now I really want to finish the partially completed but warped bowl that this scrap was leftover from.
PS the pictures don’t do the look of the wood justice.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 08:28 PM

From a scrap of soft maple to beautiful craft! :)
Nice work!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 12:36 AM

Very beautiful! I give up, how do you end up with a cube inside using just a drill press? There must be more to it.

-- -T

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#3 posted 11-18-2012 12:38 AM

Awesome idea, beautiful wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-18-2012 02:02 AM

Other than a using a bandsaw and disc sander to prep the big cube the only tool used was the drill press. It is very simple once you see this demo:. That Mere Mortal, Steve Ramsey – posted a video on how to do it –

Thanks to you and mojapitt for the complements.

-- socrbent Ohio

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