Mulberry Miniatures

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Project by dmann posted 06-15-2008 03:56 AM 1459 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a small piece of Mulberry (2”x8”) at my local woodworking shop. I roughed it to a cylinder and started to make a small weed pot/vase from it. I had enough left over to do a small box as well.

The vase is 2.5” high.

The box is 1.5” high.

Finished with micro mesh and boiled linseed oil.

For some reason in the 3rd picture I forgot to seat the lid… the separation is not supposed to be there.

Probably the most fun I’ve ever had for $1.25.

-- David / Durham, NC

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#1 posted 06-15-2008 03:59 AM

cute …sometimes it’s great to just play in the shop !!!

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#2 posted 06-15-2008 04:07 AM

Well done.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#3 posted 06-15-2008 04:12 AM

cool i love just picking up the first piece of wood that you can find and making something out of it! i think thats whats woodworking is all about! thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 06-15-2008 04:32 AM

Nice turnings. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 06-15-2008 06:28 AM

Nice job. I’ve been told that Mulberry truns dark/black when exposed to the sun. ANYBODY KNOW ABOUT THAT?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 06-15-2008 01:23 PM

Nice turning and a good way to use up small pieces of wood. Do you use small chisels for these or the normal size. Bob C.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 06-16-2008 01:21 AM

John Gray: I have heard the same thing. The wood was very light after I turned it and turned nice honey yellow after hitting it with the BLO. I have heard the same thing about UV + Mulberry. I’ll keep an eye on these but they probably won’t be receiving much direct exposure to sun.

Bob Collins: Most shaping was done with a 1/4” spindle gouge and a 1/2” wide round nose scraper. I noticed that Woodcraft had a cheap set of mini turning tools, I might invest in those so I can get a little more detailed on my next set of mini turnings.


-- David / Durham, NC

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#8 posted 06-29-2008 05:16 AM

How well did the Mulberry turn… I may have access to some very soon and was curious if it would be worth the effort.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 06-29-2008 05:26 AM

I it was a little on the soft side. I wasn’t able to turn any hard edges with it so I went curvy with the pieces and kept the edges soft.

There was a mention of darkening with exposure to UV. When first turned and finished they were a bright honey brown. They are on my desk at work which gets indirect sunlight and have darkened a little in 3 weeks. I’ll post an update here if the change becomes more dramatic.

-- David / Durham, NC

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#10 posted 10-03-2008 03:02 PM

Color update on the Mulberry pieces: After 3 months on my desk at work they are signicantly darker than when originally turned, but the contrast between the rings in the wood has become more pronounced.

They started out as Honey brown, they are now a medium-dark brown.

-- David / Durham, NC

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