Prototypes #7: the heart stopper

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Blog entry by darryl posted 03-27-2010 02:15 AM 4528 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve made quite a few segmented wine bottle stoppers now. I want to continue to push myself with in complexity and creativity… so I’ve got a new design that I’ve been working on. In this piece I use two species of wood (maple and mahogany) to create a heart shaped pattern with the segmented pieces. I am acutally now working on the second version of the heart stopper design. I was fairly pleased with the first, but I thought I could do better.

To give an idea of how it’s assembled, here’s a view of the 1st blank before turning. This piece includes 183 individual pieces.

The turned piece looks like this

while happy with the overall results, I wanted to make the heart a little smaller so it could be viewed in its entirety without having to twist the stopper. So i made some adjustments to my tablesaw sled to cut some smaller segments and I finished assembly of the new blank today and hope to turn it this weekend. There are 207 pieces included in this version.

I’ll be sure to post pics of the finished piece… good or bad!
any and all feedback is appreciated.

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-27-2010 02:23 AM

nice job it looks great what kind of glue do you use?

-- Cosmicturner

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#2 posted 03-27-2010 03:02 AM

Really Cool, Darryl!

I see an entire line of holiday stoppers- Shamrocks, Easter Eggs, President’s Profiles, Pumpkins, Turkeys, Santas- the possibilities seem endless!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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matt garcia

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#3 posted 03-27-2010 03:38 AM

Man, that’s a heart-stopper!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 03-27-2010 04:33 AM

Nice, Matt.

Tis like 8-bit art. Albeit with 207 bits!

really added a new level to these stoppers Darryl.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 03-27-2010 05:40 AM

you keep going to the next level…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 03-27-2010 05:06 PM

Very nice!

That’s what I like about segmented turnings, you don’t exactly know what the end results

will be.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 03-27-2010 06:35 PM

Fantastic! Your segmented pieces are always outstanding. Thanks for the design info.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 03-28-2010 07:32 AM

Thank you all for the support, here’s the now turned Heart Stopper…

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