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I found a chunk of Fir, previously thought to be Cedar, but Fir Burl on Craigslist when I was searching for a drill press. I’ve taken a piece of it and made this bracelet.
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#1 posted 07-10-2013 02:04 PM
This is beautiful. Congratulations on such a nice piece.
helluvawreck aka Charleshttp://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com
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#2 posted 07-10-2013 02:38 PM
Thank you Charles!
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#3 posted 07-10-2013 03:25 PM
Very beautiful!! Very nice work!
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#4 posted 07-10-2013 04:53 PM
Thank you Robert!
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#5 posted 07-10-2013 05:48 PM
You have a good eye for your material! How long does it take you now vs. when you first got good at making these?
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#6 posted 07-10-2013 06:18 PM
Thanks Doc; I appreciate your feedback. Give or take a few hours; maybe 3 to 4 extra hours for my first one while I was referencing Eric’s videos but after that they’re all about the same time. It takes me about an hour to size the ID on the Wood to fit the Metal core if I’m being smart and careful (1/2 hour if I’m stupid and careless/impatient), then another 15 min to clean the cores and glue them up, then I wait 10 to 12 hours to let the glue cure, then once cured another 1/2 hour to shape the ID of the wood to give the profile, another 15 to do some cleanup of the glue before final sizing, then another 15 to 30 to get the finish applied, fully polished, the metal core brushed and polished and the final coat of Ren Wax to seal it and protect it.
So…. on average it takes about 2 to 3 hours with a 10 to 12 hour pause in the middle.
#7 posted 07-10-2013 08:10 PM
Thanks for the info on your journey as a craftsman.
Remember to figure it all in?
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#8 posted 07-10-2013 11:14 PM
Stunning work ! Great eye for detail .. Top Class Skills… Love the copper wood combo..
-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.
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#11 posted 07-11-2013 02:05 AM
Hey JR, another amazing piece of jewelry… looks great as does all your work.
-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....
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#12 posted 07-11-2013 04:35 AM
Wow..beautiful! Burl wood usually displays the most unique and random patterns. I wish it was easier to bend.
#13 posted 07-11-2013 01:17 PM
Thank you Shannon, Dave and John!
*Shannon, I’m not sure because I don’t know how to bend wood, but with the tight tolerances required to build these bangles, and/or rings too, you may need to jump into the world of Turning….. you’ll probably never look back (very fun). If you already turn then I’m sure you already know.
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