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Project by phillip butler posted 12-20-2012 02:58 AM 1419 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was able to accomplish this turning because of the timely instruction and encouragement of my friend and neighbor, Jim Glynn. (Turners will know of his work because of its uniqueness and beauty. visit his site to view CARVED segmented turnings.) This is my first large piece and contains maple, oak, and mahogany. Its 13 inches tall with a 11 1/2 ” diameter. 5 1/2 in base with 273 total pieces.
My first “successful” attempt making the chevron feature ring with the extremely precise joinery. fun, fun !
sanded with all grits between 60 and 600 , not fun, NOT FUN
Any suggestions y’all might give to shorten this drudgery would be appreciated. 3 coats of waterlox finish was very easy and looks great.
A christmas present for my lovely wife who supports my hobby I suspect because it keeps me occupied in the shop and out from underfoot each day. (:

-- phil, nevada

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#1 posted 12-20-2012 03:09 AM

Very beautiful piece, Phil!!!!!!!!

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#2 posted 12-20-2012 03:09 AM

Very impressive, certainly precise. Nice work.

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#3 posted 12-20-2012 03:47 AM

Nice segmenting! Straightforward but aesthetically appealing feature, I like it.

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#4 posted 12-20-2012 05:33 AM

Amazing vessel,wow

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#5 posted 12-20-2012 11:35 AM

Well done. The piece looks great.
Nice to have a neighbor like Jim; he can be a real help to you.
Waterlox; my favorite finish for segmented and turning work…...sorry, no way around sanding…..
keep up the nice work.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 12-20-2012 11:41 AM

Phil Please accept what I am going to say as constructive. 1 The shape is Ok as you progress this will improve. 2 The rings above and below not sure they are needed nor top ring. 3 remember the feature ring does no have to be on the widest part of the piece.4 The feature ring can be above the 1/3 mark and on a curve. 5 I can not understand the need to have 60 – 100 grit sand paper near the lathe. The finish off the tool should be of such a nature that you should start with 150 or higher. I belong to a few other turning forums and read to often ‘I had to revert to my 60 grit tool’, not good and not good for beginners to read. Well done and keep at it Regards Tamboti

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#7 posted 12-20-2012 11:43 AM

Beautiful job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-20-2012 07:50 PM

What a stunning piece! You too wise ..

-- "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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#9 posted 12-20-2012 08:25 PM

Hey Phil. very nice work . your choice of colour is right on. wow you finished just in time .......saturday …it could be over!! keep smiling just in case. John

-- retired and smiling

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#10 posted 12-20-2012 10:38 PM

Great job for your first , to reduce sanding I bought a easy wood finisher it has a carbide tip that is slighly arched , it reduce my sanding by 75%. just a suggetion .

-- Dubb , WV

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#11 posted 12-20-2012 11:41 PM

you did great mate keep it up.You sure have come a long way fast

-- jim nevada

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phillip butler

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#12 posted 12-21-2012 03:37 PM

I thank each of you for your comments. your suggestions will be tried and used in the next piece.
big thanks to glynn for his ability to provide experienced guidance which saves so much time in my learning curve. cant even imagine how much trial & error time he saved me – hours days, months ???

-- phil, nevada

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#13 posted 12-25-2012 07:12 AM

Wonderful and impressive. I can appreciate your efforts and success.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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