|Project by Chris Peroni||posted 11-16-2013 01:47 AM||1765 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
When I was in high school I absolutely loved turning wood and ever since I always promised myself I would get back to it again someday. Finally after 17 years without turning a single piece of wood on a lathe, I am getting a chance again.
It’s been so long that I decided the best plan of action would be to just get some practice pieces in. Get a feel for the tools again, the hand motions, lathe speeds, all that great stuff. No expectations- no final shape or design in mind – just sort of let myself find that good feeling again.
The wood I chose to use for my first try came from a log which has been in my backyard since before I moved to this house 3 years ago. When I cut the end off this log I discovered a black ant colony had carved out a little bit of property within – whoops! I think they added a little something to the wood, and since I don’t know what kind of wood this is, I am choosing to call it bug wood in honour of those p.o.’d ants I upset. In the center of the piece the ants had opened up a 1” x 3” hole, with a couple of tunnels leading to and from – you can see one of the entry holes in picture 3. This wood was super dry and had a few other tough spots in it, but after getting past the frustrating bits I was actually happy to have some challenges to re-learn from.
I also took a turn at practising a better finishing regiment including using a wipe on poly & danish oil for the first time. To finish the wood I started with 2 coats of Watco medium walnut danish oil, then 4 coats of Minwax wipe on poly with a light sanding using 0000 steel wool between each. Topped it off with 2 more coats of the poly using the steel wool to apply, then a buffing with Minwax paste finishing wax. Took me over a week to finish it but dang was it worth it! I love the smooth, mild gloss finish which is not thick or heavy. The wood itself has great character – I am very pleased with the way the natural cracks and the grain lines / figure is presented. I have to improve on keeping a uniform or evenly tapering thickness – but hey! not bad for a first go in so long.
-diameter is about 6.75”, height 5.5”
-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato