Walnut cup with inlay

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Project by RussellAP posted 537 days ago 903 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut glue up of a board that was highly figured but had a void that essentially cut it in half. I cut the wood and glued it up in a cross grain pattern and turned the cup.

The inlay is applied at the bench, then put back on the lathe to hold it in place and a ROS was used to smooth out the inlay and to remove scratches.

EEE fine grit wax was applied till shiny.

Paste wax applied 15 coats.

The diciest thing about this whole project was cutting the bottom off after the piece was finished.
I work from the back of the band saw where I can see the blade going into the wood. This helps keep it straight.

Thanks for looking.

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#2 posted 537 days ago

very nice

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#3 posted 537 days ago

Pretty cool turning Russ.

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#4 posted 537 days ago

looks great

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#5 posted 537 days ago

Russell—You are really getting good at these inlaid projects. I like them a lot! BTW, your turning is really good too.

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#6 posted 537 days ago

Russell I really like the inlays. It sets the cup off.

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#7 posted 537 days ago

Russell that looks great.

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#8 posted 537 days ago

Really like this Russell! one question though, what is ROS? I do some inlay from time to time and if theres a better way to smooth it, I love to know.

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#9 posted 537 days ago

Amazing cup! Great wood and the inlay is gorgeous.


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#10 posted 537 days ago

Outstanding! What a wonderful job you did on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 537 days ago

Gridlockd ROS is Rotory orbital sander. I used a 40grit until it started to get close to the wood, then switched to 240. I don’t turn the lathe on when doing this, I just hold it in the chuck. I have better lighting at my lathe to do the sanding than in my bench vise. It also helps to not put inlays in difficult places to sand.

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