Sweating Bullets

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Blog entry by RVroman posted 10-21-2013 10:02 PM 1388 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am sweating bullets on this thing! It is about 3 1/2” in diameter and 3” tall with an entry hole of 3/4”.

I am about halfway done with the hollowing and the finished part has walls of about 1/8” However, the tool is starting to get a bit jumpy and grabby.

As this is a sugar maple burl from a farm that has been in our family for well over 100 years the wood has a lot of sentimental value. As a result I DO NOT want to blow it. Figured I would step away from it for a while before doing something stupid. :-)

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#1 posted 10-22-2013 12:29 AM

are you going to stabilize any of those cracks?

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 01:16 AM

I thought about it, but decided I wanted to leave them as part of the natural character if the wood. When I went back to it the cuts were smooth again. The down side is I left the walls 1/8” because of the cracks rather than the usual ~1/16” I try to use for ornaments. It survived the lathe, but I think it may be relegated to an ornament hanger or will need a tree with large branches. I will post a couple of pictures of the completed turning when I get a chance to take them.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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