Although there's a Jet mini lathe in my shop it belongs to my wife. She got hooked on making pens and small bowls a few years ago. It was a great excuse to buy a lathe, a bunch of turning tools and accessories for her. She took lessons too but the thrill has passed. It mostly gathers dust.A Navy buddy of mine needed a projectile turned for his 120 MM shell casing. He gave me a long chunk of a white birch tree trunk that he had carved on thinking he could make it without benefit of a lathe. It didn't go well. You can see his efforts on one half of the trunk in the second photo.The mini lathe bed wasn't long enough to turn the projectile with a slightly smaller diameter base for insertion into the casing. I turned the projectile as one piece using a face plate and live center. I then turned a maple base which was attached to the projectile turning. My portion of the trunk still had all its bark. It flew every where when I hit it with my 1” roughing gouge.His efforts didn't go to waste. I used his half to fix a three legged chair !
So my cabinet maker friend says to me, “You want the end grain too? What are you going to do with end grain?” This is my answer. A picture frame with pictures of my family to hang up at my day job so I can be reminded why I go to work. I took the end cuts he had after he made butcher block counters. I milled them up and then I took 4 squares of Walnut to put in the corners. I finished it with wipe-on poly and used picture frame wire hardware for the back. It's going to look good in the office. Thanks for looking!
Last year I started this project, but got pulled away LOL. Well I got back to it and finished a few of the letters. These letters are based on the designs of Owen Jones (1809-1874) 'One Thousand and One Initial Letters' Dover Publications I also launched my online store JaffaRoad at etsy.com. Please visit and see more pictures of the letters, Thanks. This Fall I will also be opening the Chattanooga Carving CO-OP. A place for trading tools and carving classes. Happy Summer, Dan