Lidded box

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 04-07-2009 02:33 AM 1306 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a thin piece of plexiglas in a jar of acetone and let it sit for a couple of days. The acetone pretty much turned the plexiglas soft enough to apply to the turning with a clean white rag. (my wife wonders where all my old tee shirts go to). This is wiped onto the box while the lathe is not running. Once I got a good coat wiped on I turned the lathe on as fast as it would go and friction polished the piece. This is the only finish this piece has on it and it is smooth as glass.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 04-07-2009 02:36 AM

Now that’s a cool finishing idea!!

Thanks for sharing it!

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

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#2 posted 04-07-2009 02:43 AM

Interesting technique. The shape of the box is nicely thought out.

-- Dale

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#3 posted 04-07-2009 02:55 AM

Really cool,well done

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#4 posted 04-07-2009 03:13 AM

That is a great idea, very unique.
Thanks for sharing that.

-- R

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#5 posted 04-07-2009 03:36 AM

Looks fantastic!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 04-07-2009 03:37 AM

Very cool. I’ve heard of a similar technique for filling holes in wood. Thanks for sharing, and nice box!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#7 posted 04-07-2009 03:41 AM

It looks good and if it bonded to the wood should last a long time.
I think I will stick to more conventional finishes. Acetone is not one of my favorite cancer causing solvents. It is way to volatile which means lots more if it gets into the air I’m breathing and I prefer not to wear one of those expensive air filters.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 04-08-2009 06:58 AM

nice turning

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#9 posted 04-16-2009 02:52 AM

Nice box! Interesting finishing process, too. What is the wood?

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#10 posted 04-16-2009 03:35 AM

The wood is sugar maple.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#11 posted 04-28-2009 06:07 PM

Nice box.may I sugest I notice you boxes are real nice and well turn try to make the tops a little more taller like 70%bottom 30% top
so the grain looks much better,I stop making finials on them ,the bang and break,customers always drop the tops, (In my case they do not pay for it ,the just walk away)lol,keep up the good work

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