Journey into Woodturning #54: Hat Stand

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 04-27-2021 02:46 PM 550 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The project was requested shortly after the wig stand video. Some specific requirements were asked for… single base and double hat stand. Couple of options were discussed, like a wide base with two posts or maybe a “V” post straight from the base, but we agreed that the football goal post or “Y” look would probably be best.

Next part was deciding on the wood. The largest piece of wood for the base I could find (cheaply) was the Maple Ambrosia and I thought the East Indian Rosewood would be a nice contrast while also being a very strong wood. Plus, it was the right size/length I could find at the right price.

The ambrosia looked great, but I found a soft spot in the wood. I tried to fill it with CA glue and harden the surrounding fibers. This did work, but it also discolored the wood slightly. I sanded most of the wood to a point where the glue faded in nicely, but if you look close enough you can see the color change. Think that this was ambrosia helps hide the “mistake” even more.

The E. Indian Rosewood is a beautiful dark wood. I think in compliments the maple nicely and is very hard. The epoxy I used to hold it all together makes it a very sturdy piece, but I can’t help but worry about the thing breaking if its dropped.

End result the O.B. Shine Juice brings out the shine of the wood. The maple has some curly in it, which makes the wood shimmer and dance in the light. The dark wood gets highlighted by the lighter grain of the rosewood and red streaks, while sparkling on the edges like glass.

I see many issues, (you probably do to), but I am very proud of the way it turned out for my first attempt.

Here’s this weeks video: Hat Stand


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