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Project by bigogre posted 284 days ago 1879 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got a chance to turn some Norfolk island pine. It was a little nerve racking to turn… Screw up just a little and the cool branch spokes go away. It is roughly 15 inches tall and 10 inches across. Finished with about a quart of lacquer and at least ten coats of wipe on poly.. kind of lost track towards the end. Stuff was like a sponge and kept soaking up. I think it turned out pretty nice.

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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 284 days ago

You are wrong! It’s not pretty nice,it is fantastically nice! That is one beautiful piece of wood and you certainly did it justice. Fine workmanship!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 284 days ago

Awesome work. Beautiful wood.

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aussiedave

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#3 posted 284 days ago

Very very nice, beautiful wood….nicely turned.

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Ryan Haasen

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#4 posted 284 days ago

Very, very nice!

-- Ryan

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Boxguy

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#5 posted 284 days ago

BO, You might try a first couple of coats of Minwax Tung Oil. It builds, soaks in less, and is cheaper than poly. Add coats of Minwax Wipe-on Poly over the first coats of oil. I like what it does to deepen the tone and color of the wood.

Oil is a wipe on…wipe off application. Apply with foam brush, wipe with paper towels. Wipe before oil gets dry enough to stick to towel. If oil is too dry…re-coat lightly and then wipe.

-- Big Al in IN

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 284 days ago

Big Al, actually I have discovered that tung oil isn’t really needed unless you are going for the look that tung oil gives in which I do, but… a single coat of non waxed Shellac will seal it perfect and is best used on top of the tung oil that is if tung oil is used it has to go on first, the shellac will allow the top finish to stay on top be it wipe on poly or finish of choice, make sure it’s non waxed though.

A very nice looking turn bigogre.

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Andy

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#7 posted 284 days ago

That is probably the coolest looking natural turning I have ever seen. You’re right, if you lost the limbs there would be nothing much to look at. You have a great eye for design.

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BobWemm

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#8 posted 284 days ago

That is an absolutely AWESOME piece. Wonderful wood and excellent turning.
Thank you so much for showing.

Blackie- that is interesting about the shellac seal.

-- 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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rance

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#9 posted 284 days ago

That is way beyond cool. Are spokes like that only common with Norfolk island pine? Does all of the Norfolk island pine have spokes like that? Thought I’d seen Aeromatic Cedar like that.

And what is with the center? It looks like you drilled with a forstner bit, applied the finish, then filled it with water.

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watermark

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#10 posted 284 days ago

That’s cool with the spokes from the limbs and the spalting all the way through. Heaps of Norfolk or Cook Island pines here in Hawaii.

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bigogre

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#11 posted 284 days ago

Thanks for all the positive feedback. As far as I know, NIP is the only pine that the branches radiate evenly and are red. There are pines in my area that radiate at the same place, but they are the same color as the rest of the tree. As far as the finish, I was trying to get the interior shiny as well, and simply gave up after a while. Thats where most of the finish went.
A friend told me next time to try triple thick lacquer, he uses it on the inside of a lot of his vases and sais its the way to go.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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Rick

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#12 posted 284 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

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deon

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#13 posted 284 days ago

Looks great to me

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#14 posted 284 days ago

That’s one wild looking piece. Very interesting colors.

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Heavy

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#15 posted 284 days ago

As soon as I saw the picture I knew this must be yours. You have a very unique design that is way to see it in wood. Nice one!

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