Treen Mandrel project goes all Trifern

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 11-27-2012 05:47 AM 1921 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having jumped back into some turning, and working with some nicely figured Maple turning stock, I thought I would scratch an itch to emulate our brother Lumberjock Trifern in the most modest and halting of fashions. I got some cold water soluble fabric dyes at the local Blick™ art supply and utilized a jug of yellow NGR dye concentrate (Mohawk) to step into the world of color.
Clear coat is Myland High Build Friction polish rather than Mini-Wax Poly, which may account for a lessened degree of depth of the “look-down” into the swirl of color and grain.
I’m taking baby steps (obviously!) and I took a header with an earlier shot at it. This one had black, marine lavender, fuchsia and yellow with not enough sanding and a nasty application of cold thick cellulose sanding sealer. Somehow I managed to kill the chatoyance of the tiger maple thoroughly with that go-round, so the whole surface had to come off…
In choosing to use a alcohol based finish with the final NGR stain, there was some loss of yellow with the application of the clear coat, but I continued to build color back with the finish and more stain as I glazed more coats on. Additionally the alcohol in the stain made a french polish effect with the ragged on mixture, there is no additional abrasive treatment after the last finish/dye pass.
2.75” x 3.325”, lumen 2” x 2.323” Turned on the Beall Treen Mandrel.
The Lid is still out on the saw table locked up in a block, waiting for the right parts to be removed; and will post separately.

It’s a variant on Joe’s award winning technique and teaching points, and just a start, but I have to thank you, Trifern, for your glorious work and patient sharing.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 11-27-2012 01:35 PM

Nice work, Doug! (But you don’t get to mention Joe’s name until I can see my reflection in the finish.) :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-27-2012 01:39 PM

Lookin pretty nice….. Milands is ok but to get the debth Poly would be the ticket….. Be nice to see the lid when done…..

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 02:01 PM

Point taken, Charlie. Running short of mirrors down your way? :^J

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 03:34 PM

This is Beautiful Douglas ,you did a wonderful job. I do wonder how color fast a dye meant for fabrics would be?

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 05:11 PM


I’ve always preferred the satin finish because, high gloss tends to hide the beauty of the grain

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 11-27-2012 06:03 PM

Hi Doug,

I’m with Dick….satin works for me, in most cases.


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#7 posted 11-27-2012 06:25 PM

Definitely, a thing of beauty.

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 12:34 AM

Nice job Buddy. Great finish.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 11-28-2012 12:48 PM

Came out really nice. I’ve gotta ask Santa fer one o them mandrels

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 11-28-2012 02:03 PM

Thanks guys!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 12-10-2012 03:22 AM

Very nice Douglas
Like the look of that finish !
Yes turning is something I want to add to my skills and have my eye on a small lathe .
May have to get some input from you guys as to which one and all the tools ETC.

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 12-10-2012 04:17 AM

Kiefer. I have the Jet Mini, however if I were to be in the market today I would get the Rikon. Two more inches of swing over the ways and an indexing headstock. I have finished the lid, and had planned to post this evening, but I managed to have an unplanned intersection of hand and bandsaw this evening, and spent the last four hours getting decorative stitching at the ER. There has to be a better way to get time off work…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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