Journey into Woodturning #52: Flame Birch Purpleheart

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 04-13-2021 02:40 PM 752 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been awhile since I turned a potpourri pot and I have been thinking about a two tone glue up. In this piece I used Flame Birch for the top and bottom and a piece of purpleheart for contrast. In addition, I tried to make the proportions look appealing.

This project started off on a bad note. Huge chunk of purple heart flew off. Had to cut it away and glue another piece on. Reshaping the bowl I think made it dangerously small. In the end I managed to keep it wide enough to put the pewter lid on and have a little girth.

I used Titebond glue, instead of my usual two part epoxy, which left air pockets after drying. I filled the gaps with CA glue and sanded it all back. Looks good and has a nice shine after the O.B. Shine Juice was applied.

One of thing about the pot that was a little annoying, the flame birch color. Because it was two different pieces of wood, there was a slight color difference. Next time I do this I might try it from one tall piece cutting the top off to slip a contrasting wood between.

Here’s this weeks video: Woodturning 2 Tone Potpourri Pot

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