Lidded Box

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-07-2019 12:08 AM 586 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A store-bought Ambrosia Maple blank started this example of unadulterated nonsense. In photo #4, you may see some kind of inclusion (?). It’s not. It seems there was a band of pith running through this piece. Even with store-bought wood, I seem to be pithin’ into the wind. The bit that looks for all the world like a coffee stain is actually in the wood. I quit drinking coffee three years ago, this month. (I’m a recovering caffeine addict.) I kinda like it, quite frankly.

The lid was created as follows:

And, this:

I wanted to burn a line into the knob. Does anyone know what I did with my burnishing wires? Can’t find them. So I got out a purple Sharpie. I wiped off the excess because I was a-feared the ink would spread while I was applying finish. The finish I applied was YG and HS.

Then, I fired up my wood burning pen and, like a moron, signed it. (The pen didn’t get hot enough. I actually had to take a torch to it to heat it up enough to make a mark. Or, a moron, if you please.)

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-07-2019 12:36 AM

Beautiful piece. Amazing shape and wood.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 10-07-2019 01:31 AM

beautiful work as usual my friend,i do think your to critical of your talents,i think you under estimate yourself,but then again so am i.i guess where are own worse critics.but it’s good we push ourselves to be better,never settle for “good enough”.

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

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#3 posted 10-07-2019 02:10 AM

Great work Mark! Geeees no coffee your a better man than me, but only one cup a day does it.

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

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#4 posted 10-07-2019 02:18 AM

I quit caffeine a long time ago – don’t miss it at all.

As for the pith and stains – that is what I like about working with natural materials. If I wanted unblemished purity I would work with man made materials.

It constantly amazes and amuses me that the features we see as flaws and imperfections in our own work are appreciated by others as the features that make the item unique and more attractive.

Improvising a burnishing wire with a purple sharpie? Now THAT is thinking outside the box. (Yes pun intended – it seemed appropriate here.)

A very interesting and attractive project – glad you named it “Wilson 10. ‘19”

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 10-07-2019 04:21 AM

Larry: Funny you should say that. Many times, including this time, I finish up a piece by thinking, That’s good enough for what it is.

Tony: You
re funny, too. One cup a day? You’re only pretending to drink coffee.

Thank you.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 10-07-2019 05:20 AM

Great looking !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 10-07-2019 12:16 PM

Nice work, Mark..I say as I’m having my morning coffee..I’m addicted!

cheers,, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 10-07-2019 01:33 PM

Unique looking design. Nice box.

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

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#9 posted 10-07-2019 03:53 PM

Nice turning, nice cup/box …obviously capacity is not priority …hehe

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 10-07-2019 11:49 PM

That’s really a cool way of getting the blank for the top!

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

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#11 posted 10-08-2019 04:30 AM

Mark, nice work. You used up a whole bag of tricks on this project. It is fun to look at. Thanks for sharing. By way of sharing ideas, you might want to look at this. Keep turning and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 10-08-2019 07:02 AM

Jim, that stuff’ll kill ya.

Dave: Thanks.

Ivan: Just big enough for Lew to keep a belly button ring in.

Lew: Not original. I saw someone do it on YT, and had to try it. He used about a 5” cube instead of the shallower bowl blank. I wasn’t sure it would work, but it did, didn’t it?

Al: That’s a really terrific piece of work that you posted a couple years before I joined in the mayhem. Thanks for the trip into the way-back machine.

-- Mark

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