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Another bowl attempt

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Another bowl attemptAnother bowl attempt and I'm happier with the mechanical outcome. The pattern leaves something to be desired in my mind, but it was my first go at laminating together scraps to make a blank. To that end, it didn't turn out so bad. Scrap walnut, maple and cherry.Finish sanded up to 600 with Abramet pads, then buffed with Dr. Kirk's Scratch Free. Sealed with some 2# shellac. Smooth as a baby's bum, I decided to add some more shellac. It immediately became gummy. Pretty sure the first coat wasn't completely set. I sanded back down a bit, then back up, then buffed again, and more shellac. Not as nice as before, but still a very smooth finish. Then some renaissance wax and called it a day. I'm really impressed with the Scratch Freegives a really nice finish.



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Cheese platter and a few turnings

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Cheese platter and a few turningsI turned a cheese platter out of mahogany (stiles from an old door someone had trashed). It is 12 inches in diameter, the largest I can turn on my current lathe. The marble disc and glass dome were purchased from Craft Supplies USA. Finished with sanding sealer and Satin WB ploy. I just hope it is big enough, I think they will need to use small crackers :-) Still need to turn the handles for the cheese plane and knife to match.
The bowl is white oak and the small turning are beech, these are from the cants I get from the mill. The beech turns really nice, these are finished with sanding sealer and gloss lacquer.



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Tool Bit Packages

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Tool Bit PackagesI made these packs to hold the tool bits I got from our scrap metal drive at church. It is a real shame to throw all these away but someone saw no value in them. These are like cigarette packs only 10 to a pack instead of 20.
I don't think I'll every have to grind another bit from a new blank again- I'll just modify one of these for a special operation. There are 140 bits here but there were also about 20 carbide bits and 15 new blanks not shown.I made these little packs out of scraps from the wood room and glued on pieces of 1/8” Lexan so I can see both ends of them…No finish on them. This sure is not fine woodworking but I needed them and they are wood so I posted them. I used E6000 glue for the Lexan to wood and it holds real well.Cheers, Jim



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Hardware: The Crowning Touch

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The right hardware is as important as wood selection and finish. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Not too long ago, I was approached by Megan Fitzpatrick about writing an occasional …Source

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