Ficus Bowl Set #4: - OR - Seven Down, Six To Go

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 01-07-2016 07:56 AM 1136 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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- OR – Twenty-five or six to four. Or, something like that.

This fourth installment takes us through the rest of the crack contretemps. Note that I gave up on turning a 1/2” dowel, and opted for a store-bought Oak one, instead.

I decided to go horizontal on the 1/2” holes because, quite frankly, my back hurt. I didn’t feel like standing the Shopsmith back up. This had the unanticipated advantage of a new design element: I was forced to tilt the table in order to get the Forstener bit to hit the spot, because the table elevation has its limits. This ran the lowermost holes in at an increasingly oblique angle, causing the spots to become ovals, and, as it turns out (you’ll see when I get the inside finished). Well, because of the increasing ovularity of the spots, a falling/speeding up effect was achieved. I did see that coming. I had planned to make the round spots oval, even had I bored the holes vertically. Going horizontal meant that I didn’t need to move the blank around in the clamo – the tilting of the table did all the work.
Not so pretty, indeed. But, then, it’s still just a bowl blank. Innit?
There’ll be one more Blog entry on this, followed by the finished Project. Mebees, tomorrow. Hey. It is tomorrow in Australia. How’s it look, Gman?
Now that cellphones are becoming more and more waterproof, pretty soon it will be okay to push people into pools again.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 01-07-2016 10:16 AM

I like it, Mark!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 10:37 AM

Thank you, Candy. But, you ain’t seed nuttin yet.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 11:50 AM

I know. That’s part of what I like!

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 02:51 PM

Thank you, Candy. But, you ain t seed nuttin yet.

- Mark Wilson

and THAT is the scary part ! :-)

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#5 posted 01-07-2016 02:55 PM

...and the excitement continues to build!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-08-2016 01:03 AM

Hey Mark,
This is a very interesting take on repairing a crack. I’ve seen the “Stitching” method used to repair Automotive problems, but not in wood.
Lookibg forward to the end result.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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