Lidded Box

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 03-05-2020 09:20 AM 932 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And, now, for something completely different.

When I posted the last Thing, I had begun this Thing. I mentioned Thing This, in passing, in that posting, with regard that Thing Last started its journey intending to be a finial for some Thing Else. That Thing Else is Thing This. As you’re aware, Thing Last ultimately became, instead, a small bowl, with a Latin name.

I have Mulberry aplenty lying around, in the form of logs and slabs. I’ve had this timber since way back before Andre and Kathy moved out of the neighborhood, when they’d had their Mulberry tree removed from their front yard. The timber has become quite cracked and checked. I had despaired of its ever being of much use, given its condition. Not so. I now know of the wonders of Resin and coloring powders.

I got one of the slabs clamped to my lathe bed and began chipping away at it it with a fichizzle and mallet. When I got enough chips to fill a small container, I mixed some Total Boat resin (in the house, where it’s warm). I then dabbed a pinch of different colored Mica powders into five little Dixie cups, after which I filled the Dixie cups with the resin and thoroughly mixed it with the Mica. I poured the colored resin into the Mulberry chip-filled container, randomly, such that the resin wouldn’t simply become a muddy mess. Into the pressure pot it went, where it stayed for about six days. When it got out of the pot, it sat on my workbench, mocking me, for the better part of a week. Then, I sharpened a couple of tools and lit into it.

In the meantime, I mixed some more resin, with just a couple different Mica colors, intended to become a lid for Thing This. That didn’t work out. Why? Because I made it too small for the opening in the top. Aside it went, and, aside it still sits.

Then, last Thursday, I think, the Mulberry slab got clamped to the lathe bed again, where I cut off a piece with my Japan saw. Having decided that the intended all-resin lid/finial structure wasn’t going to work, I determined that the lid should be of solid Mulberry. Somehow, it seems, I managed to get myself a bit of mostly crack-free Mulberry for the lid.

The underside of said lid.

The hole all the way through was an accident. I really had fits with this Thing, from the start. Mounting and re-mounting – consideration being given (but not planned in advance for) for the size of the chuck and the size of the opening into which the lid would go, required the use of some problem-solving techniques which have become somewhat rusty. This explains the existence of two lips in the bottom of the lid, which, while not terribly unattractive, do look, in my opinion, a little cumbersome.

A finial was called for, at this point. And, as we all know, a finial that isn’t integral to the lid needs a hole. As described above, the hole popped all the way through. For this, I am sorely ashamed. Not to worry. I have a plan that is still in the process of gelling in my gray matter.

The same goes for the finial, itsownbadself. The finial is something I’m not pleased with, quite Frankly (or, Earnestly, if you please). It’s made of – you guessed it – a scrap from a pen blank. A Purpleheart pen blank, to be precise. Oh, sure, it looks okay, when photographed it the sunlight,

but, otherwise, it’s far too purple,

and simply doesn’t float my boat, colorwise, with the whole of the Thing. Bear in mind that I’m color-challenged, and I could well be mistaken on that score. It may well look just dandy to you. Be that as it may, it’s not, yet, permanently attached, so this aspect of Thing This is fungible.

For the finish, I sealed with Shellac, and followed with Yorkshire Grit, Ack’s Abrasive Paste, and Ack’s Polishing Paste.

The size is a little more than 4-1/4” tall and about 3-/1/2” diameter.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

Hey, VIMH. If you call the trunk a leg, how many legs does an elephant have?

Five, of course.

_Only if you choose to monkey around with reality, good sir. Calling the trunk a leg doesn’t make it a leg. It’s still a trunk.

Such a knuckledragger.

Again, my apologies.

I just got the latest installment form part of my favorite jazz band. I need to share it wt someone. It may as well be you. Headsets, everyone.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 03-05-2020 09:51 AM

Those grains and colours are magnificant!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-05-2020 01:31 PM

Tis a beautiful Thing.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 03-05-2020 02:19 PM

Nice! Have you thought about yellow instead of purple?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 03-05-2020 02:53 PM

Sweet box Mark. The finial may be a bit outstanding but that can always be changed.

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

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#5 posted 03-05-2020 03:32 PM

Wow, that is a unique turning!

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 03-05-2020 04:44 PM

Very interesting, I always enjoy your posts. as you make great things. The casting that is quite popular, is one thing I don’t think I would try. resin is expensive here and not commonly available. I imagine it requires different tool and technique. I would think it would be more dustless. Keep up the interesting projects, you are a master

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 03-05-2020 05:39 PM

And the Artist has entered his Abstract Cubist phase – I dub thee Picasso of the Woodpile. Well done,sir and I agree that the finial should not be final – so back to the lathe to put the “fun” in “fungible”. Thanks for posting, looking forward to your next big Thing.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 03-05-2020 05:42 PM

I just love the process. A great way to venture into the unknown and produce really cool and unique items.

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#9 posted 03-05-2020 07:08 PM

Looks great, Mark. Nice finish too!


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

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#10 posted 03-05-2020 10:09 PM

Amazing! The randomness creates a solid beauty!!

What pressure pot did you get?

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

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#11 posted 03-06-2020 06:19 PM

Lew: HF. The fourth one I got is the one that finally worked right. Wrote a lot of words about that.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 03-07-2020 12:53 AM

Lew: HF. The fourth one I got is the one that finally worked right. Wrote a lot of words about that.

- Mark Wilson


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

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#13 posted 03-07-2020 10:12 PM

Very impressive Mark.

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

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