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Project by bondogaposis posted 477 days ago 1294 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this boxed set for the LJ marking knife and awl swap. The wood is spalted maple that I stabilized and turned. The ferrules are copper tubing. The steel for the awl started out in life as a spade bit and the blade of the marking knife is from a piece of O1 tool steel I had laying around. The box is poplar w/ a mahogany lid. I sent it to ShaneA and I hope that he enjoys using them as much as I enjoyed making them. This was a very fun project and knowing that it was going to a fellow LJ I wanted to step up my game a bit. I think that is the real benefit of participating in these swaps. Thanks for looking.

-- Bondo Gaposis





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 477 days ago

Very nice Bondo,a very nice gift.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 477 days ago

These are Beautiful! Love the wood and will be great for mant yrs to come

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Randy_ATX

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#3 posted 477 days ago

Beautiful – and a classy touch adding the box.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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Tugboater78

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#4 posted 477 days ago

sweet

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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kiefer

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#5 posted 477 days ago

Now that is a I WANT THAT taking a saying from my grand daughter .
Yes you certainly set the bar higher with this awesome set .

-- Kiefer 松

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ShaneA

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#6 posted 477 days ago

They are great Bondo. The pictures don’t do the fit and finish full justice. The tools seems like they will be great users and plenty rugged. The box just took them over the top. Almost like a commemorative special edition set. Thanks for the efforts, the tools are appreciated.

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Fishinbo

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#7 posted 474 days ago

Lovely tools and box! Like the beautiful handles, gorgeous wood and the amazing finish. Great job!

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Mauricio

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#8 posted 473 days ago

These are amazing. The wood is beautiful and great job repurposing those steel parts.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Rick M.

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#9 posted 472 days ago

That spalting is crazy, was the wood very punky?

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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bondogaposis

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#10 posted 472 days ago

Yes, it was a little punky, I stabilized it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Rick M.

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#11 posted 472 days ago

How does that work? I know how I deal with it… I turn it down then use CA glue on the punky spots but if it’s real bad I just put the piece aside and go on to another. I deal with worm holes the same way, a little CA glue, sprinkle with sawdust then top with CA glue, works well but gets expensive. I’ve tried epoxy but don’t like the muddy appearance. I’m interested in how others deal with it.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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bondogaposis

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#12 posted 471 days ago

I put the blank in vacuum chamber and add this stuff called Cactus Juice and suck the air out of the chamber. Let it sit in there for 24 hours, then bake it to set the resin. Then I turn it as I normally would. I should add that my vacuum chamber is a pickle jar and Harbor Freight brake bleeder. This is my set up, very simple and inexpnsive if you use the HF 20% discount coupon.
Obviously this limits the size of pieces I can do but it has been adequate for wine stoppers and awls. I just have to get a larger pickle jar if I want to go bigger. It seems like a lot of work and it adds a number of steps and is only worth it if you use some truly amazing pieces of wood. The kind of wood that would be worthy of a LJ swap ; ).

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 471 days ago

Thats bad aas Bondo! And the video on the Cactus Juice site is really cool. Have you ever tried the Minwax Wood Hardener? I used it once on some patio furniture to repair a spot of rotten wood.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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bondogaposis

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#14 posted 471 days ago

Yes, I have used the Minwax Hardener. It doesn’t have to be baked and that is a plus but it also darkens the wood quite a bit. The Cactus Juice is very clear, I think it is acrylic and doesn’t alter the color and the punky spots are no longer punky.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Rick M.

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#15 posted 471 days ago

Thanks for the info Bondo, might give that a try sometime.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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