Spiral Steps

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Project by Jeff2008 posted 08-28-2016 04:08 PM 1215 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the latest project I have completed. It is the proto type for a competition piece. Unfortunately I ran out of time, because my ambitions are bigger than my abilities. I entered it anyway into the WA comp and was awarded second place, which brought a smile to my face.

It took me three attempts to learn how to carve the centre helix. Very similar to a Jacobean twist I now know. All the mortises were drilled, using a forstner bit and pedestal drill. I chiselled them to finish off the mortise. The dovetails are hand cut.

The main timber is WA Jarrah which is a hardwood. The leaf insert is WA Marri, which is similar to pine in colour, but also a hardwood.

Lacquer was used to finish my project. I normally would apply an oil finish, but I needed the quick drying capabilities of lacquer because time was a premium.

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#1 posted 08-28-2016 06:05 PM

nice steps !
when I was in the #745, I had to make them inside/out [called negitive work ] for concrete . I loved spirals , if you laid down dead center on the floor and looked up , it was as though you were in a giant shell .

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#2 posted 08-28-2016 10:16 PM

Really nice steps, Jeff.

I like the way the leaves trail down the steps.

-- Life is good! Make the most of it.

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#3 posted 08-29-2016 01:52 AM

That is extremely nice, wish I had a full set in my house (though I would need a second floor first). The inlay and joinery are very impressive.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 08-29-2016 09:38 AM

You are true artist.Congrats for second place. I can’t imagine what was the first. Excellent project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 08-29-2016 01:03 PM

Hats off to Wharton Escherick for his design. Look him up—awesome!

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#6 posted 08-29-2016 11:48 PM


-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 09-07-2016 04:33 AM

Nice job!

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#8 posted 09-07-2016 03:00 PM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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