Goblet of Marblewood

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 01-23-2019 01:51 AM 687 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch


This is the Thing, during the making of which, I decided that I need to get better at keeping my tools sharp. I’m now the owner of a new grinder, and a Wolverine/Varigrind setup. It helped, and, I’m sure will help even more, once I’ve become accustomed to its use.

I did try to go eccentric on this one. Here’s what happened:

I tilted the Thing in the chuck – just a little. Now, normally,when I tilt a Thing thusly, I stick a little magnet between the base and the rim of the jaws. In this case, there wasn’t enough meat on the base to keep the magnet in place. The magnet is important because, as the the Thing wobbles about its central axis, the tool is skipping across while making the cut. Even with a very sharp tool, this imparts a lateral force against the wobbling Thing, which, for unassailable reasons, will tend to push the base back to its central-axis location. I tightened the chuck as brutally as I could, and this happened, nonetheless. So much for ducks-in-a-row on this piece. The “duck” I had coming along, when it moved, became the ziggurat you see supporting the captive ring. I mimicked the ziggurat in the base, and, just cuz I felt like it, added a little acorn between. Yes. I signed it, sorta. (I need to get better at finishing the bottoms of Things, too.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 01-23-2019 02:24 AM


-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#2 posted 01-23-2019 02:26 AM

Wow. That is some talent you are showcasing there. Maintaining a spindle that log is quite a feat.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 01-23-2019 03:12 AM

Hi Mark,

Make that 3 Wows, great job. The only thing you need to apologize for on this one is that harsh lighting that washes out the beautiful wood grain. :-)

Keep up the great work.


-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 01-23-2019 03:48 AM

Beautiful goblet. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 01-23-2019 04:09 AM

Another Wow from me too! Very nice Mark!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 01-23-2019 05:18 AM

Neat project Mark, awesome wood!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 01-23-2019 06:34 AM

I’ll give it a WoW!! too. Should get a top 3 to boot.

-- 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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#8 posted 01-23-2019 06:48 AM

WOW !!!! also from me.
That is glorious Mark.
You have really got this turning thing sorted buddy, Love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 01-23-2019 09:37 AM

Impressive…those thin parts always look scarry good.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 01-23-2019 01:46 PM

I could say WOW but then you’d just think it was an echo!

Really awesome piece. I’m guessing you did this without the aid of a steady rest and that’s what makes this all the more special!

Looks like the mojo has come home to stay.

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

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#11 posted 01-23-2019 02:29 PM

That is amazing, to get it so tall and thin, even with a captive ring.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 01-23-2019 02:53 PM

why not-”WOW” it deserves it,just incredible as always buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#13 posted 01-23-2019 09:30 PM

I’m impressed. Nicely done.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 01-23-2019 10:14 PM

That’s very nice!

-- WoodWork ideas for you

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#15 posted 01-24-2019 11:15 PM

Mark, your projects are unique and a great top3.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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