FLYING SAUCER, captured on film, also NORTHERN LIGHTS decorated cannister

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Project by bushmaster posted 03-14-2017 04:49 AM 2800 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hope this posting is a good as the one that I posted last night. I spent allot of time getting it ready to post and then I though, or I didn’t think, clicked on the link for the video while I was checking the preview, well that was the LAST VIEW!!!!, it went to the you tube page and all my hard work went out the window to never never land. Quess it was too late 10:30 pm, click went the off button. Yes it was too late.
Anyway the reason I did that was the problem with the last video of the excavator, The video was classified as PRIVATE, figured that out that evening and corrected it. So if you gave up and want to give it another shot here is the link and picture.

So back to the project in hand. I had formulated this project after completed the cosmic cloud project. I wanted to do a Northern Light scene, and decided to do on the side of a cylinder. The idea of a cannister with a lid was born, lathed from a birch log. You will have to watch the video as I seemed to not take still pictures as I was doing it, some of the lid though. View the video at

After the cannister was lathed, microwaved to dry it, sanded and then painted it was ready for the black base paint, here is a recommendation and a word of advice. I had an old spray can of black paint, the nozzle plugged and I couldn’t clear it, I had a little detail spray gun and decided to put the paint in it and finish the job. I drilled a small hole an the gas started to leak out, Then I thought the pressure was reduced why not drill a larger hole, Not a great idea, DON’T TRY THAT, if you don’t believe me give it a try. What paint I had left I poured into the gun and finished the job. Wow, that little gun sprayed the paint twice as nice as the spray can. That prt I do recommend. These small guns are about $15. at Harbor Frieght. Would do a great job on thinned finishes. I did thin the black paint from a can of regular paint to do the lid later.

The video explains how I put the Northern Lights scene on. I didn’t turn out as spectacular as I envisioned, but is possible for the first time around. I was hoping it would really stand out. We have had the real ones here, and they are not near as bright as you see on the computer anyway. After I put the scene on I remounted it on the lathe and lathed it down to bare wood top and bottom.

Then a lid to match. It would be decorated with a ring of cosmic clouds pattern, and as elevated moon out of walnut and birch for the knob. as the lid is turned around one can observe the different phases of the moon. A true night scene

And then a finished experiment al project.

I took a picture out side, holding it up towards the full moon a couple days ago and the lid looks like a flying saucer. The moon is just a wee dot above.

Hope you liked the project as it may not happen again. Comments and suggestion welcomed and appreciated.
Don’t forget the video.
I will check the link but after it is posted this time.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 04:57 AM

Amazing work there. Beautifully done.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 05:12 AM

WOW That is stunning. and I love the Northern Lights.
Great job.


-- 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 03-14-2017 06:14 AM

Yes sir Brian, I think you’ve nailed it on the Northern Lights

Found this one on the internet

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 03-14-2017 07:25 AM

Now that’s a clever design.

-- ~ Ancora imparo! ~

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#5 posted 03-14-2017 07:34 AM

I’m realy impressed with colours and shape of this project. It’s kind of art work in my eyes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 03-14-2017 10:47 AM

Very cool indeed.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 03-14-2017 10:58 AM

Beautiful work and astounding finishing

That table is a marvel of design.

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#8 posted 03-14-2017 12:47 PM

Out of this world for sure. Great work with the time and effort you put into it. Cool flying saucer too but I don’t see any aliens.

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

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#9 posted 03-14-2017 01:41 PM


-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 03-14-2017 02:05 PM

Nice creative turning. That was a good experiment. Thanks for the video

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#11 posted 03-14-2017 03:24 PM

The is a very creative piece and is outstanding eye catcher. It is so beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 03-14-2017 04:02 PM

And then!

I have to agree with the “WOWS!”

AS i have seen the northern lights many times I can only say it again WOW! Great likeness.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#13 posted 03-15-2017 12:01 AM

Wow! What beautiful and amazing work! I love everything about this, the colors are pure eye candy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 03-15-2017 01:16 AM

Cool work, Brian!!


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

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#15 posted 03-16-2017 02:36 AM

You are learning fast Brian, nice work to show for your efforts.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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