Tea Pot

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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 01-21-2019 04:37 PM 1376 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cut a big limb off an oak tree about three years ago and cut it up in 1 foot long pieces and stacked it in the shop for later use… I use something different to seal the ends or else guys don’t ever say they use Aleene’s glue but I like it for it stays soft and pliable for a long time and if a crack starts forming the glue keeps a solid cover. No not on very large cracks but maybe it keeps the cracks from becoming large??? I knew the time since it has been cut off the tree was not long enough to dry inside so what I did was run it in the microwave for a bunch of 10 minute cookings over about a weeks time. I think I registered 20 times it got cooked….. Don’t have any idea if it helped or not for I am always in some kind of an experiment seems like. So the body is Oak and all the pieces are cut in to the body something like 5/16” deep with 3/8” dowels going on in deeper…This is the hardest part of lining up everything to there is no gaps showing when it is all assembled after finishing all the pieces..I used rattle can lacquer for the finish. My wife has a small collection of tea pots so now I have made 10 wood tea pots to add to her collection.
Its been six months and it is looking good with no cracks showing but with summing on the way, maybe, the air will start to dry out and then we will watch for the cracks…

-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 01-21-2019 04:39 PM

I meant to add I did kinda carve things in to the handle, spout and legs but after staining them black the carving kinda disappeared!!

-- Jess Littlefield

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#2 posted 01-21-2019 04:58 PM


-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 01-21-2019 06:36 PM

That’s gorgeous, Jess

-- Mark

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#5 posted 01-21-2019 06:38 PM

Very clever way of fixing those handles.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 01-21-2019 06:50 PM

Very pretty indeed!

A few “get out of jail free” cards from the wife for that one; I BET!

I really like the clamps too, often using the same kind myself.

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

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#7 posted 01-21-2019 07:14 PM

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#8 posted 01-22-2019 02:16 AM

Nice design. Are they actually hollow inside?

-- Dave -

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#9 posted 01-22-2019 02:31 AM

Dave, maybe someday I might try to hollow one out but no tools for that yet and I don’t think I could get the Dremel deep enough to do any good. And no tools came with the used lathe either!

-- Jess Littlefield

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#10 posted 01-22-2019 05:50 AM

Dang, that is beautiful. The intricate design of it is out of this world. Excellent job !!!

-- MEL, Kansas

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#11 posted 01-22-2019 11:57 AM

These look really nice Jess and very well done too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-22-2019 12:56 PM

Very cool, love the serpent motif.

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#13 posted 01-22-2019 02:01 PM

A work of art, beautifully done.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 01-22-2019 07:16 PM

Another beauty, Jess!

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

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#15 posted 01-22-2019 10:03 PM

Great job.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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