"Chaos in a Vortex"

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Project by woodsmithshop posted 04-19-2018 09:04 PM 1520 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been trying to do some segmented turning lately, and this is the latest project, I recently purchased an Accu-Slice System for my band saw, and it does a great job of slicing very thin strips very uniform. I also bought the segment maker with it. this is my first “Vortex” turning it is rather chaotic, hence the name. there is over 1500 pieces, and 9 different woods in this bowl. I used rattle can lacquer, I am not real happy about that, I could not get all of the orange peel out of it. I’ll try something different next time.

forgot to mention the woods I used, Walnut, Maple, Sycamore, Red Cedar, Padauk, Yellowheart, Cherry, Purpleheart, Bloodwood. there may be more, but that is all I cn think of right now.

-- Smitty!!!

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#1 posted 04-19-2018 09:13 PM

That’s a pretty crazy pattern, no idea how you put that together. Great job.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 04-19-2018 09:46 PM

Definitely wild and crazy! Great outside the box project.

-- 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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#3 posted 04-19-2018 10:24 PM

It’s wonderful, Smitty. Try buffing the orange peel out with 0000 followed by pumice.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 04-19-2018 11:07 PM

Mark, I got most of the orange peel out by using the Beale Buffing System, but it still shows faintly.

-- Smitty!!!

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#5 posted 04-19-2018 11:09 PM

Wow! That must have been something else to glue up!


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

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#6 posted 04-19-2018 11:21 PM

Lew, I spent a couple of weeks on it.

-- Smitty!!!

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#7 posted 04-19-2018 11:59 PM

Wow ! That is phenomenally intense. I have very little experience with turning and honestly don’t enjoy it. How you managed something so fantastic, blows me away!

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#8 posted 04-20-2018 01:25 AM

That is so beautiful. My daughter and I read together. She loves it. 7 years old.

-- Laziness drives creative thinking...

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#9 posted 04-20-2018 01:29 AM

Well done.

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#10 posted 04-20-2018 03:26 AM

Not sure if I had seen a “vortex” turning before. I looked at the lead picture, and thought it was ceramic at first look. Sure is different. First I had heard of the Accu Slice, looks like it would be a lot of help to folks trying to slab off consistent thicknesses on a BS. Make sure your saw is set up square, with proper blade tension, and that slide would eliminate all the other movement that causes people to believe drift is real, and cannot be eliminated.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 04-20-2018 03:32 AM

I have never been able to resaw consistent thickness until I got the Accu Slice, it eliminates blade drift.

-- Smitty!!!

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#12 posted 04-20-2018 05:06 AM

Amazing work. Was your lacquer Turps based or thinners based, the latter only needs thin coats at a time and dries in a few minutes. I use a lot of the latter and never had orange peel.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#13 posted 04-20-2018 06:11 AM

You realy have nerves for this- awesome!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 04-20-2018 06:47 AM

All I can say is WOW!

-- John D, OP, KS

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#15 posted 04-20-2018 12:09 PM

Wow. This came out beautifully. I would like to find out more on your build methods.

-- AJ

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