Blue Cape Chestnut Dish

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 02-14-2016 02:21 AM 1509 views 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first thing I’ve actually finished in more than two weeks. I spent the better part of four days on it.

What a sorry disappointment you turned out to be.

Doesn’t say much about you, does it? You certainly keep company with me a lot.

I made a couple of videos, while making this piece. Then I decided that I’d just Post the finished Thing, rather than trying to drag my Beloved Buddies through the swamp of my mind.

This is the log, mounted on the wormscrew. It’s ten or eleven inches long, and varies three to four inches in diameter. It’s a majpr Cuttus Interruptus.

With a view towards making a round-bottomed bowl, or dish, if you will, I brought the sides up carefully, using, mostly, my 1/2” round-nose scraper, skewed about forty-five degrees left. I also used my 1/2” roughing gouge, to good effect. During this rough turning process, I experienced a catch that ripped the wormscrew, along with its threads, right out of the log. I mounted it on the face plate, and brought about an outer shape that I liked.

I never intended to keep the bark on this piece. Cape Chestnut has a really thick bark that comes off easily. Sometimes, it has to be convinced with a fichisel, as was the case with one side (the other having popped of in turning.) When I fichiselled the bark off this side, I slightly damaged the wood underneath.

This had the effect of causing me to redesign the outer shape.

Then, altering it some more, I landed on the shape I had originally gone in intending.

I sanded and polished the outside and made a recess for my pin jaws.

Having colored it up with a light wash of blue and white Acrylic paint, I topped it with about fourteen coats of WOP, and flipped it around to work on the inside.

This is what I was up against.

This is what happened the second time it came off the pin jaws.

I managed to bore a deeper recess and finished it.

Thanks for coming.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-14-2016 02:34 AM

How did you get the blue to show?

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#2 posted 02-14-2016 02:56 AM

It all worked out in the end Mark. Must have been exciting when it let go!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 02-14-2016 03:18 AM

I like the shape. I wonder if bandsawing out some of the waste might have prevented some of the problems?

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

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 02-14-2016 04:33 AM

Fancy, it’s a wash of blue, and white, Acrylic Paint.
No, John, just irritating.
If ever I have a big enough bandsaw to find out, Lew I’ll hive it a try.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 02-14-2016 05:35 AM

Didn’t read it through Mark but a nice result in the end. Like the shape and color. Well done.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 02-14-2016 07:40 AM

Thank you, Bob. You may be excused from the periodic tour through my disturbed head. I understand.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 02-14-2016 09:01 AM

very nice Mark

-- bambi

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#8 posted 02-14-2016 09:01 AM

Incredible colour!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 02-14-2016 11:53 AM

”It’s a major Cuttus Interruptus.”
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Scary, with it coming off the lathe and all. Kudos to you, Mark, for sticking with it! Really like the grain showing through the color. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 02-14-2016 01:50 PM

Hmmmm, giving me ideas now. I have several branches of varying sizes, and just received my first chuck. Soon as the weather gets a bit warmer, I’ll be reviewing posts like this again !

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

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#11 posted 02-14-2016 02:25 PM

Nice. I really like the wing shape Mark. Pretty exciting when a pieced cuts loose from the machine. Had a spalted hackberry bowl tenon fail yesterday. I just stood there waiting for pain to register from somewhere. Fortunately it missed me.

-- Don, -

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#12 posted 02-14-2016 02:27 PM

And you lived to tell about it and post a finished project besides. You live dangeriously. The results where worth it. Like the blue tone. I need to think of various thing I can do with the birch that I have available. Been lathing some nice white birch lately. I have been using 4 inch outside jaws, Most times when I grip on the inside on a small rim it breaks also. Nice set of pictures. I enjoy seeing the process.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 02-14-2016 02:32 PM

Looks like you prevailed on this one. 5 stars for keeping at it. It turned out beautiful.

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

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#14 posted 02-14-2016 02:39 PM

Another great project, the Voice in Your Head must have been really loud because I can hear it all the way out here in Ohio – it is singing “Surf City here we come!” This log obviously wanted to be a surfboard – LOL. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#15 posted 02-14-2016 08:45 PM

Very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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