Journey into Woodturning #61: Bug killer

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 06-09-2021 09:43 PM 263 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was made from necessity, kind of. I found these tea light citronella candles that are used as a insect repellent and thought, “Yeah, I haven’t turned a tea light holder in a while.” Luckily, I recent came into some cocobolo in small form for this project.

I never worked with cocobolo before, but was warned that some people have serious reactions to the dust and oils. I took a little extra precaution for this project and… knock on wood (wives tail for good luck) I did not have a reaction of any kind.

This wood is very hard and cut nicely at times, but also didn’t create shavings. The cutting seems to be fine and not ribbon like. That being said, it did not tear out either. I would say it was a weird hard wood, but still decent to work with.

The other odd thing I noticed about this wood is the oil. When I burned my logo on to the bottom, it smoked greater then any other wood before and the oils boiled to the surface. It was an interesting sight.

Otherwise, the wood is beautiful with purples, oranges, dark streaks and light streaks. I plan on putting this to use in the back yard on the deck. I still debating on whether or not I will leave out in the weather, to see how the finish and wood hold up. What do you think?

Here’s this weeks video: Citronella tea light holder

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