Journey into Woodturning #92: Mushroom Nutcracker

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 03-08-2022 01:55 PM 1025 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was a suggestion from a friend who saw an imagine somewhere. I thought, yeah I could do that. Then I thought some more, that’s actually going to be a challenge. I was determined to make this happen, success or fail.

First I needed to find the right wood, at the right size. I ended up with cherry for the base, maple for the top and padauk for the spindle/threaded crusher.

The cherry base came together quickly and easily. Beautiful wood to work. However the tap for threading the inside was not as easy. I had to take it off the lathe and attach it to the vise to grip it hard enough for threading.

Maple is just as easy to work and gave me no drama turning into shape. The maple top had a bark inclusion on the edge that I think added to the feature of the piece.

Padauk is always a joy to work. It turns well and finishes great. Although this piece of wood will barely ever be seen. The small portion of padauk that will show is stunning.

Video: Mushroom Nutcracker

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#1 posted 03-08-2022 10:33 PM

Very cool video, love the nut cracker.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 03-08-2022 11:13 PM

Very cool video, love the nut cracker.

- Eric

Thank you

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