Square winged box

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Project by Bob Collins posted 416 days ago 758 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

3 up 1 down wings on this one. I am getting hooked on this form and one day may get them right and won’t have to dimple the rough sides. All ways wonders why some experts dimpled or textured their work????

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#1 posted 416 days ago

Very unique. I like it. The dimples are a real standout…....................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 416 days ago

OK, Bob !!!
How did you turn this, do you have an oscillating arm on your lathe ?
Or maybe a CNC ???
And how big is this piece ?
Nice work.

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 415 days ago

G’day, Mate,
Great piece, Bob. I have been looking at it and thinking “how did you do that?” with up and down wings? Did you turn the outer part thick and then carve 3 up and one down? I can see no other way of creating this!!
Nice work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bob Collins

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#4 posted 415 days ago

Harry it is between 6-7 inch square and the base ended up around 2 1/2 inches high, turned on the lathe without any additions. This is LJ’s member peteg speciality and like you Jim it had me wondering but with Pete’s help finally worked it out and I still have a lot of improving yet. Have a look at Pete’s page, there are some hints on there and I’m sure Pete will help you. Thanks for the comments.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#5 posted 415 days ago

Great job Bob, They are a lot of fun. My one and only so far is still sitting on the bench holding “stuff”. I found my fingers were very reluctant to get in between the wings, probably the reason I never finished it.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#6 posted 415 days ago

That is cool!
But I couldn’t find anything about this on peteg’s page.
I’m gonna stick my head out there and make a couple of guesses…I’ll probably feel kind of silly when the real answer is revealed.
-Alternative 1. It is turned thick first, then wildly out of center so the other wings clear the tool?
-Alternative 2. It is turned with 8 wings, then the waste ones are carved away by hand?
(alternative 3. it’s clay made to look like wood :)

-- -Steffen, from Norway

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Bob Collins

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#7 posted 415 days ago

Stefflus. Definitely not 3. On the right track with the others. www.woodworkersinstiture Manta Ray will get you how the experts do it. Watch the fingers on those wings, keep them behind the tool rest.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#8 posted 415 days ago

Well you got em goin with this one,well done, all smoke & mirrors ay Bob :: )))
Dimples are a neat idea,
Wonder how this would go in Ply ?? now there’s a challenge for you Mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 415 days ago

Mind bogeling, Bob! Now fess up how did you make it!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 414 days ago

Nice – I just made one of these the other day. I don’t recall where I’ve seen one before, but was pretty sure I had. I don’t think I’ve ever seen instructions but I’m pretty sure we used the same method.


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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 414 days ago

Pete, was thinking about plywood – keep watching. Chuck search for Manta Ray Bowls on Google, it’s all there.
James, look forward to seeing yours, took me awhile to work it out, they are fun but need to take car of the pinkies.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Ronald G Campbell

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#12 posted 412 days ago

Nice job with this Mate. I have made several of these and they are just a fun piece.

-- Ron Campbell

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#13 posted 412 days ago

This is very unusual and well done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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