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How to Turn a Live Edge Bowl

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Get clean cuts and a nice finish from a challenging piece of material. A live edge (or natural-edge) bowl is one of the iconic forms of modern woodturning, and it is still a great way to show off a beautiful …Source

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Four Footed & Lidded Ash and Sapele Vessel

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Four Footed & Lidded Ash and Sapele VesselAlmost another piece in the Three Legged Dog Series but this ash vessel has four feet.It is turned from ash and also has three piths/branches running through it. It is a very straight forward piece and the ash cut very easily. The sapele lid is topped with a small cap of spalted ash which in turn is topped with a sapele finial. This lid is friction fit. The original finial was larger/wider and was an extension of the spalted ash cap. I felt it needed to have more contrast and tie back in to the sapele lid. I also chose to make it much thinner and more in proportion to the lid and vessel. I am very happy with the design change.The feet were carved using rasps and files rather than using a sanding drum on a rotary tool. It went so much faster using hand tools and I had more control along with better results.I sanded the vessel to 600 grit and sealed it with a Maloof type finish.It was then buffed with Tripoli followed by White Diamond. I then used Howard's Feed-N-Wax and then followed it by a buffing with carnauba wax. This really brings out the grain of the wood.This piece is 6 1/4 at the tallest and 6 1/4 at its widest point.Here is a pic of the Four Footed & Lidded Ash Vessel without the lid.

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My Fred Flintstone Sign

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My Fred Flintstone SignWell if you followed my aborted attempt to be competent with my Milsescraft Signpro you would have seen the miserable attempt to use it.A friend Jannis was visiting from Mackay and I thought she may like a sign for her home spot place.After about 4 attempts to use my Signpro I gave up pulled out my scroll saw and set to work.A series of, ... “you should give away woodwork” ... occurred as a result.The reason being,1. My lack of skills with the Signpro
2. My ability to recognise a spelling error as I was making the Fred Flintstone version.
Anyway pressing on I eventually obtained a reasonable result.
Materials used:-
The backing timber is Silky Oak
The letters are Recycled pine form my ongoing 8 Drawer Beaded Cabinet I am struggling with, (yet another journey into the unknown)The tools used :-
first up my Milescraft SignPro.
Only to be packed back in its Mike Marvel Case for maybe another time.
My scroll saw
disk sander
holesaw for the edges
ROS for finishing, along with a little die grinder work.
Thicknesser to remove my Milescraft mess
some “Harvest” colour rattle can
and marine external finish poly.So eventually Jannys Pot became Jannys Place.So why do I keep persevering? ... well I enjoy the activity, it keeps me from getting too senile (I hope)
and I do get a sense of achievement and satisfaction from it all, even if some ends up in the Otto bin!Plus I get to post it on Lumberjocks so others may learn from my mistakes!



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Irregular Hexagon

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Irregular HexagonThought I would mess around with the standard angles of a hexagon and threw in a 50 and 20 degree option to skew it a bit. Of course that changed the length and width of two of the legs. I love Geometry.Woods: Oak, Cherry and Walnut.Frame: Walnut.Finish: Tung Oil.



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