Spalted Maple with Walnut Rim & Lid, Blackwood finial

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Project by RichardH posted 06-13-2010 02:40 AM 2226 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece is about 10 inches in diameter. The maple was from my father’s firewood pile, and it had got a little punky if you look closely. I added a very thin walnut rim and then made a small top out of walnut and blackwood for the piece.

I finished it slowly using 100% tung oil. Takes a while, but I usually enjoy this finish after it is all done.

Now, here’s the funny thing – Almost everyone that picks this up from my desk at work thinks the top is attached to the piece. When they go to tilt the piece up, the top falls off. This has happened 3 times this week! I turn some boxes with friction fit lids, and although this one has a nice fit, it is not enough to hold the lid on if it is tilted upside down.

I wonder if it will survive :-)

As always, I enjoy your feedback. Cheers, Richard

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#1 posted 06-13-2010 03:58 AM

lovely looking piece

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 06-13-2010 04:34 AM

Very nice work

-- Vince

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#4 posted 06-13-2010 06:56 AM

This is beautiful! You might put a small sign by this piece with a warning that top comes off! This might make it last?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 06-13-2010 08:33 AM

Fantastic turning. Great piece of “firewood” Nice save.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 06-13-2010 12:22 PM

Very Nice piece. I havent got there with turning boxes yet.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 06-13-2010 01:37 PM

Great form..great wood combination….......and nice finial. What’s not to like.
This is a very nice piece…... Your spalted Maple really adds to the over-all appearance of the lidded vesel…. I am impressed with this one….......

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 06-13-2010 02:22 PM

Very pretty turning. Nice Finial.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 06-13-2010 03:13 PM

Thanks everyone. Forgot to mention that the finial was also a “re-use” item. The finial is blackwood and was intended to be about 1/3 taller for a different project. I hit a weak spot or was too heavy handed and snapped it just below where I mounted this to the lid. I’m still a little hit or miss with some of my finials.

It’s been sitting in a drawer for months waiting to find a home on a little lower profile vessel like this.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#10 posted 06-13-2010 03:55 PM

love it, like the walnut rim, adds a nice touch. Good luck on its survival.

-- RStadler

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#11 posted 06-13-2010 06:55 PM

Very nice turning, great design and awesome finish.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#12 posted 06-14-2010 01:12 AM

A very beautiful piece of art! Great craftsmanship!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#13 posted 06-14-2010 03:09 AM

Great piece! Maybe you had better start threading your tops :=)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 06-14-2010 03:21 AM

Nice job, I like the way you made the lid—thin and flat and nestles in the top.

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#15 posted 02-08-2011 07:24 PM

very nice! whats the finish?

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