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Project by cajunpen posted 199 days ago 538 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Almost all of my woodworking interests lately have revolved around the Lathe or the Ringmaster. On this project I decided to use both the Ringmaster and Lathe to complete the project. I cut the rings on the RM and decided that I did not want to deal with a plug on this project – so I mounted a piece of wood on the lathe, matched the diameter of the rings, then created a lip on the bottom for the rings to nest into. I turned the lid on the lathe also, I drilled a 2 1/2” hole in the lid to mount in my chuck. After it was all trued up, sanded and finished I had a 2 1/2” hole in the top of my lid. So I took a piece of Spalted Maple that was laying around doing nothing and turned a tenon to fit into the hole, then shaped the top. I’m not sure, but I think that the Maple Burl is a little large for this top – but it is what it is. Materials used were Steamed Beech and the Spalted Maple. The orange that shows in the Spalted Maple is in the wood, nothing that I added. Box is 4 1/2” wide x 4” tall (excluding the finial).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 199 days ago

You are doing wonderful sir. Love it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 199 days ago

Beautiful job. Love that top !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 199 days ago

Great job, Bill! I love the design and the materials selection.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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aussiedave

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#4 posted 199 days ago

Very nice job Bill….nicely turned and beautiful wood. I love spalted maple, so much character. Well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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luv2learn

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#5 posted 199 days ago

Nice blend of Ringmaster and lathe use Bill.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 199 days ago

Looks like you are doing some experimenting and creative designing. NICE…

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work. http://www.FineArtBoxes.com

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cajunpen

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#7 posted 199 days ago

Thanks for all of the positive comments.

Greg, I appreciate you explaining what I’m doing experimenting and creative designing that sounds a lot better than what I thought I was doing – stumbling through a project. I’m still toying with re-mounting the lid on the lathe and working on the Spalted Maple piece, I think it overpowers the rest of the box. Maybe it should be a little smaller. What do you think?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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WayneC

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#8 posted 199 days ago

Very Pretty! Like it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 199 days ago

Bill, that turned out nice in my opinion. I would agree that the top definitely sticks out from the rest. The Spalted Maple is fantastic but so pronounced compared to the Beech. How about something to the bottom to balance it out?

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Roger

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#10 posted 198 days ago

That is beautiful. Nice combo of woods, and nicely turned.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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HillbillyShooter

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#11 posted 198 days ago

Nicely done with great looking wood for the crowning glory.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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peteg

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#12 posted 198 days ago

Nice work Bill, really love that cover shot :)
Pete

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

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KOVA

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#13 posted 196 days ago

ES ALGO MUY HERMOSO!!!!!
DOMINAS ESE LATHE BILL!!!!!

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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