Firewood to cup?

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Project by ThreeJs posted 11-30-2007 05:13 AM 2153 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have now been turning for 10 months, and am still having a blast! Now that winter is coming upon us, I am pulling in firewood almost nightly, (It is still pretty warm here in Charlotte) and am going through some of the stuff I stacked for last winter. As I come across walnut logs, I am pulling them out, and either splitting them, or cutting them to a size I can handle on my lather.

Having neither a bandsaw, nor froe, this can get challenging. Well tonights project is one where I took a walnut crotch, or really one side of it, and turned it into this cup. The log was really checked, and I had to remove A LOT of material to get down to this. I think this is the first time, I have had chunks of wood to become unattached from the main body of the wood, and sail across the shop. Scary stuff.

Anyway, my wife got a nice little bowl/cup to put stuff in. I am getting better at finishing the outside, but have a long way to go with finishing the inside of things like this. It is still a bit rough on the inside. I suppose this will also come with practice, and learning how to use the tools at the different angles needed for hollowing work.

Sorry for that last picture it is a bit fuzzy.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#1 posted 11-30-2007 05:19 AM

Walnut on the firewood pile! That’s some nice looking wood.
Glad to see you’re putting it to good use (you can always burn it later if things go bust)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 11-30-2007 05:20 AM

David——looks good to this lady who is afraid to turn anything more than a pen. Keep at it, the more you do the better you get and you find new ways of doing things. If you have not done so, check out the turning videos on this site.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 11-30-2007 06:05 AM

Great turning wood David. What are you doing with walnut in the fire pile. Or is that how you buy all your woodworking materials.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 11-30-2007 06:07 AM

Beauty! It’s sometimes nice to find a surprise lurking in the firewood.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#5 posted 11-30-2007 06:46 AM

Really Nice Figure!!!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 11-30-2007 07:31 AM

Looks good. Great save from the fire. Read all you can find on the net. Here are some good links. Oh, and hope you have a faceshield already.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#7 posted 11-30-2007 09:38 AM

Nice cup – the Walnut is beautiful. Has MsDebbie been in your firewood pile. She paints Walnut – so I wouldn’t put it past her to use it for firewood too :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 11-30-2007 11:47 AM

Firewood gets turned into my projects all the time. That is very nice looking. I love the shape.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 11-30-2007 01:19 PM

I think I have passed the “pick on the walnut abuser” torch over to 3J’s….. painting has to be better than burning!!!

This is beautiful. I love how you “saw” this hidden in the not-so-good piece of wood.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 11-30-2007 01:24 PM

Wow, that came out well. That’s great for someone only turning for ten months!

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#11 posted 11-30-2007 02:17 PM

The walnut came from a dead snag that was in my backyard for awhile. The branches (some 6” across) ended up in the woodpile. The trunk is under a tarp with another walnut tree waiting to go to the sawmill.

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#12 posted 11-30-2007 02:45 PM

Nice turning, I just started turning and of late have no free time that is not filled with other things. Post a few pics of your shop when you get a chance. I would love to see your lathe and the tools your using.

The idea of wood flying across the room also causes some concern, I can’t wait for the excitement in my life <grin> as a part of the work decides to launch out into the world. Stay safe.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#13 posted 11-30-2007 03:47 PM

Pretty nice cup you found there in the firewood pile!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 11-30-2007 04:14 PM

I like the form. Nice turning.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 11-30-2007 04:48 PM

Good for you. Looking real good, but stay safe!

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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