I wanted to make something for my daughter and soon to be son-in-law for their house.The outer cross is made of walnut, the inner cross is made of cherry with an inset of ebony. The back is padauk. Everything except the ebony is finished with a tung oil blend. (the ebony didn't absorb any at all)There are spacers inside to lift the cherry cross up about 1/2”, and it sticks up about 1/8” (same as the ebony). Some symbolism here, two joining as one, three crosses for the trinity, etc.The hollow space inside is designed to hold small notes (3/4” x ~3”) and is to put blessings in their lives on, and stored in the cross for those hard times in life when they can take the notes out and “count their blessings” and be reminded of the good things in life when times are tough.Also, my hope is that instead of just something you hang on the wall and forget about, it's something they focus on once in a while to add blessings to.Thanks for looking!
This small bowl was fairly quick and simple. It is in the same style as some of my other recent bowls.I've been doing some more involved pieces that are made of several parts or pieces and along with fitting the different elements there is a period of time involved to allow the pieces to dry/stabilize. This bowl was a simple once turned piece that I allowed to warp without any trueing up or re-turning.It is the same wood stock that I had previously been calling elm but I am not certain if it really is elm. It is very fun to turn and I really love the tones in the wood. I included a pic with the bottom side up to show the pattern of the radial branches growing out of this piece. They are the reddish spots in that pic.I sanded it to 320 grit and then followed that with the Beall buffing process. Tripoli is about 800 -1000 grit. White Diamond is about 1500-1800 grit. I then used Howard's Feed-N-Wax and then followed it by a buffing with carnauba wax. This finishing process has been my go to finish lately.Here is another pic of the Mini Mystery Wood Bowl. Thanks for looking. Happy Memorial Day Everyone!
Looking forward to some potential RV travels this summer but need to still be productive on the drive days (as the passenger not the driver!!). I wanted a work surface that I could place my laptop along with reference materials. I put together this surface that is made from 1/4 inch plywood that I framed with maple. The base (birch) is a rectangle with half lap joints and then rounded over as these will rest on the seat.
I also added a few little supports (more pictures frame cutoffs being put to use!) although likely not necessary.
The front edge will rest on a ledge on the dash (have a section of grey pipe insulation that I'll use to cushion vibration). Finished with Odie's Oil. The “desk” is very light but should easily support my laptop and materials. For once I didn't “over build”!