Another unique toothpick jar

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 05-19-2013 02:19 PM 1362 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Toothpick jar/container/dispenser. main body and top are Dalmata. The stem inside is birdseye maple, and the cup at the bottom which brings the toothpicks up when you lift the lid, is black palm, and finally the nob at the top is ebony.

This piece has sat in my garage for almost a year. It started out nicely, but when drilling out the center for the toothpick cup, no matter how slow I went the dalmata got heated up and this wood does NOT like heat, and subsequently cracked from top to bottom, but not all the way through the bottom of the piece.

A neighbor every time he came over to the garage gravitated towards the unfinished piece which also had the cup stuck at the bottom of it due to even more wood movement and it was like a lost cause. But then he brought his 78 year old father over and he was in love with it too. Again, it was unfinished, the cup was stuck, the top wasn’t even turned, the stem hadn’t even been thought about, and there was no nob. What do ya do.

You put that sucker back on the lathe, turn it round again, put super glue in the cracks, throw some more super glue on the exterior (first time I’ve tried this) and burn the heck out of your eyes while trying to make a smooth finish. Then you get out your small tipped hollowing bit, and see if you can get the inside round enough again to free that stuck cup. You persevere and don’t take no for an answer. You grab that top with nothing on it left to grab onto, create a hollow area in a scrap piece of wood on the lathe, stick some tape in it and return it on both sides, and drill that tiny 1/4” hole to get the top glued on.

I’m still amazed it all came out, slides smooth as silk now, holds a ton of picks, and the neighbor received it for his birthday and his father was so inspired he went down to my favorite store and apparently has been taking some bowl turning lessons. Love it.!! Hope you do too.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 02:24 PM

It’s cool I like it.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 02:30 PM

thanks Jim, pretty fun to make too, as long as your wood cooperates. This is my second.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 05-19-2013 04:30 PM

Beautifully formed and very nicely turned too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-19-2013 08:28 PM

What a great way to show off some of those smaller pieces of nice wood. Gotta remember this one.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 05-19-2013 08:54 PM

Classic lines are unique.
Congrats on your design.

-- Quicksilver

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#6 posted 05-20-2013 06:06 AM

Very unique I like it.

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 04:28 PM

It’s a fantastic toothpick jar! Like the great design especially the ebony on top.

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 04:51 PM

It’s a wonderful turning and everybody needs a toothpick jar. Soooooo congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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