Unintended Consequences, or Not your grandmas cookie jar

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Project by bigogre posted 01-03-2014 at 09:42 AM 3882 views 40 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to do something new for the start of a new year, and this is what I came up with. The set up for this project is fairly straightforward. Start out gluing up several boards of contrasting colors into a block. Mine ended up being 10×10x16. Pretty sure the only thing critical is that the block be sqare-ish. Mount the block onto the lathe and turn the general shape, then hollow it out, leaving the sidewalls around 3/4 inch thick. I bolted mine onto a face plate, Which really helped with the next step. I screwed a scrap piece of wood onto the base, and used that as a stabilizer to cut rings off onto the bandsaw. Then I shaped each ring, rather willy nilly, with several different sanding tools, leaving enough space untouched to re-glue the rings back together. Cutting the rings leaves the inside rather rough, so back on the lathe it goes. Sand the inside smooth, part it from the faceplate, finish (I used 2 coats of wipe on poly, then waxed and buffed), and voila! Done.

The unintended part of this was that I never meant to have 2 seperate pieces that fit together so well. Hmmm. Might have to try another one and do it on purpose. I used bubinga, walnut, maple, cherry, and curly oak on this.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 at 09:51 AM

really cool work! thats fantastic.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 at 10:00 AM

That’s just really cool!

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 at 10:02 AM

Realy interesting and magnificant project. The idea is very inovative and original. Wood colours just fit good together.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 at 10:04 AM

Forget to mention… the last picture is my upgraded downgraded light box.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 at 10:35 AM

That worked out really well. Great design – cool looking turning.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 at 10:45 AM

That is some really nice work bigogre…! Here is some similar work might give you some additional design ideas and combinations… Terry is a woodworker that I have met at several shows and has some impressive designs

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 at 10:53 AM

I love this idea. They are gorgeous! Nice work you do. Thanks for the inspiration to keep going.

-- Kandy, Alberta, Canada

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 at 11:06 AM

If this is unintended I can’t wait to see the intended one :-)

-- 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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#9 posted 01-03-2014 at 12:16 PM

Very interesting shape…I like it

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 at 12:22 PM

That is very cool, thinking outside the circle.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#11 posted 01-03-2014 at 02:24 PM

Excellent!!~ Like others above, can’t wait to see thee intended Ones.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#12 posted 01-03-2014 at 02:31 PM

Wow. That is really cool. The Bubinga in pic 2 looks like a lidded jar in itself. Thanks for sharing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 01-03-2014 at 02:42 PM

That’s just great!
Extremely nice work.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#14 posted 01-03-2014 at 05:02 PM

This is really cool. Love the design and creativeness and craftsmanship. Great job

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#15 posted 01-03-2014 at 10:49 PM

Very nice. Looks great.
I am sure a lot of work went into it.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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