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Project by Bob Collins posted 06-05-2013 04:04 AM 1368 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. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 06-05-2013 06:02 AM

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

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

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#2 posted 06-05-2013 08:09 AM

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 06-05-2013 11:08 AM

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 06-05-2013 11:43 AM

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. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 06-05-2013 12:13 PM

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. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 06-05-2013 05:46 PM

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 06-06-2013 12:21 AM

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. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#8 posted 06-06-2013 12:50 AM

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 06-06-2013 02:56 AM

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

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 06-06-2013 06:32 PM

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 06-06-2013 11:43 PM

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. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#12 posted 06-08-2013 12:12 PM

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 06-08-2013 03:03 PM

This is very unusual and well done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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