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I used black walnut for the glasses and black walnut with a mother of pearl inlay in the bottle stopper.
-- Jeff, Bel Air, Maryland
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#1 posted 06-03-2013 08:07 AM
Nice work, will be a welcome present.
-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools
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#2 posted 06-03-2013 08:42 AM
I’m sure the kids loved what “Dad” designed for their special day
-- Larry in Hawaii,
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#3 posted 06-03-2013 06:32 PM
Very well executed pieces. How did you do the mother of pearl inlay?
-- Chuck, Cottage Grove, Oregon -- http://www.alibiforignorance.blogspot.com
#4 posted 06-04-2013 03:44 PM
Hi Chuck,I turned a groove in the top on the top and filled it with small pieces of mother of pearl. Saturated it with thick CA and let it sit overnight. I used my disk sander to knock off the high points then back on the lathe for sanding. I found some places I needed to fill in once I sanded it down. I repeated the process for the fill in and put it back on the lathe for sanding. I used a thin CA finish on the entire project. I’m getting great results using Turtle Wax Polishing Compound with CA finishes. That’s only if I want a gloss finish though.
#5 posted 06-04-2013 05:54 PM
Thanks for sharing your method. I do a lot of bottle stoppers and I’m definitely going to try doing some that way. Now I’ve got to find some m-o-p.
I typically inset a BU state quarter on top and people seem to like that. It was well worth buying a quarter-sized Forstner bit. I switched over to Ruth Niles #301 stoppers a couple years ago and I’ve never been tempted to go back.
Lately I’ve been using some burl “smalls” from North Woods Figured Woods but recently I was asked to make and donate some stoppers to a silent auction “For the Cure.” Problem was, they asked for pink wood. I put that question to the members of WoodBarter.com and wound up with some donated flame box elder, which turned out great. Then North Woods also donated some impressive pinkish resin-over-maple burl blanks which should turn out very nice.
I intend to try a CA-and-Tung oil finish one of these days but haven’t yet gotten around to it. Lately I’ve been using two coats of shellac and then my Beale system. I like the look but your CA looks terrific, too. For a simple semi-gloss look I use just a paste wax-and-mineral oil finish followed by the Beale.
Nice work, Jeff.
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#6 posted 06-06-2013 01:40 PM
Wonderful presents that I’m sure the new couple will greatly appreciate. Truly fitting for a great and special occasion.
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#7 posted 06-07-2013 07:09 PM
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