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Project by RussellAP posted 588 days ago 747 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lesson piece. I learned a lot on it.
The maple was holey and I couldn’t turn the inside more than a couple inches without risking the whole thing exploding.
I filled the holes which went all the way through one side, with Elmers Wood Filler. I left a depression so I could inlay the rocks. This was done entirely with Thin CA. I think it works better and certainly faster than medium CA.

Given a choice, I’d not do this to soft maple again, the turquoise is very hard and the wood is very soft so sanding makes it uneven to the touch, kind of wavy.

I wanted a light blue cast to the whole thing, but it refused to take an even stain. I had to sand it out several times.

The finish is dewaxed shellac, one coat. After it dried, I used a 1/3 mineral spirits with shellac to give a french polish. It’s only about 50 coats so not really a french polish, but it looks good enough.

All in all it is not what I wanted, which begs the question, should I want, or should I just strive to get the best a piece has to offer?

Thanks for looking.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 588 days ago

Interesting.

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lumberjoe

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#2 posted 588 days ago

Did you mean alcohol and shellac? Mineral spirits is for oil based applications. I think it came out cool. Where did you get the turquoise from?

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ShaneA

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#3 posted 588 days ago

Given when I saw it last with the holes in it, I think you did a good job. It has a unique look to it. Well done.

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 588 days ago

Lumberjoe, I mixed the mineral spirits in with the shellac when I should have just used the mineral sp as a lubricant. Next time I’ll know better. I get my inlay from a lot of different places. Couldn’t say for sure unless I look and that takes a lot of time. It comes my the OZ in a small ziplock bag.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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lumberjoe

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#5 posted 587 days ago

I’d like to get some of that some day. I’ll have to look around.

Mineral spirits shouldn’t be used around shellac at all. Mineral oil can be used as a lubricant for the pad.

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 587 days ago

Lumberjoe, I meant mineral oil.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Sam Shakouri

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#7 posted 587 days ago

I agree with you ” True creativity is throwing out the plans ”
And here is the proof.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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