A Choir of Angels

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Project by Pimzedd posted 12-05-2017 05:09 PM 1048 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

BACK IN 2008!!! I got the idea for these Angels from If you look at the posting, you will see that I made a comment that I wanted to make some for the ladies were I worked at the time. Well, I finally got around to doing them this fall, only EIGIHT years late! I delivered them yesterday to my co-workers who are all now retired including me.

This project really helped me develop my lathe skills. Lots of practice. No real loss when I got a catch. Lots of chances to correct my mistakes. Really improved my skew and gouge skills. Also forced me to set up my Rikon slow speed grinder and Peachtree sharpening jig. Lots of learning for me.

Made from found pear tree wood. Also an unknown wood found in a pallet that sat behind my grocer store for a couple of weeks. Just had too learn too pull the nails and work around the holes.

Some are finished with CA. Others are just sanded up to 12,000 grit and then waxed with a floor carnuba wax. One or two are spray finished with aerosol lacquer. I liked the waxed ones the best, nice feel and not too much gloss.

The photo of the single angel shows a surprise inside. At i turned it, a white mushy area appeared. Not sure what it was. I considered tossing it. But then I decided seal it inside since I was finishing some of them using CA. It now has a hard surface over whatever was inside. Hope something doesn’t hatch and come out.

Oh, and the retirees loved them. Now to make some for my daughters. Maybe next Christmas! No hurry right?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 06:34 PM

Those are awesome, Bill! Think I might have to “borrow” your idea for next Christmas!

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

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#2 posted 12-05-2017 08:36 PM

They look great!

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#3 posted 12-06-2017 07:43 AM

Great collection, they will be awesome gift or/and decoration.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-06-2017 04:37 PM

just so I know for 8 years from now when i try this :-) are the “halos” a separate piece glued on?

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#5 posted 12-06-2017 07:35 PM

Notw, yes the halos are turned separate and glued in place. After all the practice, I developed a process.

Turn the stock round. Mark the approximate location for the head, wings (I guess those are wings), and the body. I would start by cutting a vee to make each side of the wings. Then turn the head until it looked about right, some of the are too big I think. Finally I would turn the body. Sand and apply what ever finish I was trying. Then cut off the body. I cut the bottom so it had a dimple in the bottom so they would set without rocking.

For the halo, I would face off the stock still in the chuck and turn it to a diameter slightly smaller than the base of the body. I sanded and finished the face which would be the top of the halo and edge. The I cut off the halo. With the last of the stock still chucked up, I turned a jam chuck recess for the halo. Then I put the halo in with the cut off side facing out and turned, sanded and finished all but the center that would be glued.

Then on a 1 in. x 30. belt sander with a 180 grit belt, I would sand the flat on the front of the wings and an angled surface on the top of the head for the halo. Finishing the flat for the wings turned out to be one of the harder aspects if he angels. Getting the finish to match the body took some trial and error.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#6 posted 12-07-2017 05:49 AM

They look wonderful. Another great Christmas project here.

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