Journey into Woodturning #87: Gel Bead Pot

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 01-04-2022 03:01 PM 448 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was based on a suggestion from a subscriber. They stated that they make the potpourri pots on the lathe too, but use Gel Beads. I never heard of Gel Beads and looked them up. I grabbed a piece of Wenge and got to work.

I have to back up a little and apologize for not putting out a video or completing a weekly project, last week. Right before Christmas (Dec 22 or 23) my PC where I do all my editing for the YouTube videos decided it was time to retire. I cannot complain about the PC, as it has been with me for 15 years.

Needless to say, without the ability to edit a video, makes it tough to upload to YouTube. Since it was the end of the year and I released 56 projects for the year (4 projects more than once a week for a year) I felt it was okay to take a break between the Christmas and New Year.

I researched and got a replacement machine, downloaded all the editing software, etc. and was ready for a new season. I created a new intro, because it was cold outside in the garage and I wanted to be sure the editing software was working the way I like. Then is was off to the garage to turn something.

Didn’t take long to figure out the project (as I already mentioned it above). I like making these little pots and it gives me a moment to get back into the swing of things… tool rest movement, bevel cuts, sharpening the tools, etc. I wasn’t gone long from the lathe, but it felt like forever.

This wasn’t the first time I used resin mixture, but it was the first time I used it to seal the inside of the pot. I decided to add a little color to the resin. At first I thought orange, then I thought that might like a little to Halloween. So I ended on green to match the gel beads I had.

The gel beads are great. I always found potpourri to be very strong for my sensitive nose. Although I enjoy make the pots I never really used them. After tropical storm Ida rolled through and made a mess of the basement, carpeting, walls, etc. We need something a little more than a dehumidifier, fans, chemicals, etc and I used the odor neutralizing gel beads to help. They worked great to get the Lysol smell and other cleaning smells out of the air.

I think this will be a very useful piece of art.

Here’s this weeks video: Gel Bead Pot

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