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Project by Mark Wilson posted 08-20-2015 05:22 AM 1276 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second turning from Jacaranda. The first is on its long slog to becoming fodder for a blog. Stay tuned. This piece is about three inches at the lid, eight to the tip of the finial. The lid is my first foray in a long while into segmented turning. The lid was originally cut from the body, lidded box-style, but I didn’t like the end grain. So I made the segmented lid from Mahogany , with Padauk spokes. The finial, also Padauk, I had already made to fit the original lid. So I had to improvise to make it fit this lid, which had a central opening that was far too big. While turning the underside of the lid, I cleaned up the opening and got out a piece of Figured Birch.

And, to prove that you can indeed put wood back when you’ve taken too much off,

I slathered glue on the tenon and sprinkled shavings all over it and let it dry, and sanded it to fit.

After some hemming and some hawing, and much cavorting and chortling, I turned it all into a fair excuse for a lid that fits. I had to create a press chuck to finish up the top of the lid – after I started splitting the lid by expanding my 2” jaws into it.

(The body got split while trying to fit the lid to it.)

And, again, I got too close to the other side in the hollowing-out. One day, I’d like to master doing this on purpose, over an entire piece. (Those egg shell turning people really impress me – thin wood is a sign of manhood, right?)

I finished the body and lid with bees wax, topped with paste wax to make it feel good. The finial got a couple coats of Wipe-On Poly. I hope you like it.

This thing took a lot out of me. I need a nap.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 08-20-2015 06:03 AM

Beautifuly turned top lead and you showed us process very well.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-20-2015 08:24 AM

Good save Mark and a great end result.
Love the colour combinations.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 08-20-2015 09:18 AM

Thank you, Ivan and Bob.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 08-20-2015 10:18 AM

Nice piece Mark, sounds like you made hard work of it but a great save and a well deserved result.
Like the wood and the finish you obtained. Really like the finial.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 08-20-2015 12:50 PM

Nice work and good job on the lathe. And I loves that honey.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 08-20-2015 03:59 PM

This is an interesting piece, but the top intrigues me the most, it has a somewhat Turkish look to it,I like the finial and all of the hard work put into it, but it is just a tad too big for me, and I think that it overpowers the piece. Take your hand and cover half of it and you will see what I mean. This is just my 2 cents worth Mark, hope you don’t take offense to it.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#7 posted 08-20-2015 05:15 PM

Another beautiful turning, Mark.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 08-20-2015 05:18 PM

It all came together in your hands! I like the balance of color.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 08-20-2015 08:18 PM

Way to go, Mark Great recovery!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 08-20-2015 09:18 PM

always great when you win the good fight Mark, well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 08-21-2015 12:43 AM

Great job Mark. Some very tricky turning there.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 08-21-2015 05:54 AM

Thank you all. And, Don. Never offended. Your two cents and my two cents is just different sets of cents. Bob likes it.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 08-21-2015 05:01 PM

I like it as well. The top to me looks kinda like a chess piece.
And that last picture? Do you have a light inside to show us just how THIN it is? Or is that some kind of reflection?

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#15 posted 08-21-2015 11:47 PM

Yeah, Joe. I got too close to the other side. Again. See the caption above the last photo in the description. Don’t all finials sorta look like chess pieces? This one looks to me like a honeydipper.

-- Mark

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