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Project by mikeacg posted 06-04-2020 06:25 PM 356 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, here I am in a turning swap with a bunch of people who know their way around that spinny tool and feeling pretty iinadequate. What to do? I had received a set of salt/pepper grinders in an earlier BBQ swap and made a joke about carving a salt grinder that looked like Lot’s wilfe (Gen. 19 – she looks back on Sodom/Gomorrah and is turned into a pillar of salt). Sounded easier than it was… For one thing, you have to allow for a 1” diameter hole to be drilled all the way through the body of the object which makes for a fairly plump little woman. I was hoping to make it look like something from early times, old, weathered, discolored, etc. so I grabbed up a piece of maple that had some pretty obvious color running through it. I also refrained from too much sanding to keep the texture looking like I thought a pillar of salt might look after many years.
OK, so I had a salt grinder design… Now what was I going to do for the pepper grinder? A number of ideas from Dr. Pepper to Sgt. Pepper ran through my mind with Sgt. Pepper sounding like the best option as it was represented by a body to compliment Lot’s wife. Here’s where that 1” diameter hole made it difficult as all the Beatles were fairly thin fellows. I decided that if I needed a squat body that the Lego Man wearing a Sgt. Pepper costume might be a good way to go, hoping me recipient was old enough to even remember who the Beatles were (how ironic that his young daughter turned out to be a Beatles fan!) I needed a darker piece of wood for pepper but I haven’t seen much spalted wood in deeper shades… Found this piece of figured cherry in my firewood pile. It turned out to be very solid despite the appearance and it screamed for the pink color of Ringo’s costume. No good way to build this without doing a fair amount of hand carving…
I was still feeling a bit out of place in this ‘turning’ swap and really didn’t want to make another box so I tried to replicate a technique that I hear a lot of lathe guys talk about – eccentric turning and moving centers. One of the things a CNC lathe/mill excels at is turning eccentric parts without remounting the piece to move the centers. In fact, the whole dipper is eccentric from one end to the other. I modelled the Bee’s Butt Honey Dipper in Sketch-Up, trying to make use of the faceted nature of the solids (I believe that the main body cylinder has 32 flats and if you look close you can see them – not something that is easily accomplished on a lathe).
Thanks for letting me play and I promise that one day I will get my lathes set up again and get back to turning wood like the rest of you!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com





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Ivan

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#1 posted 06-04-2020 06:31 PM

What to say…realy fun project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 06-04-2020 06:56 PM

These are fantastic Mike :-) I love salt pillar lady and the lego dude :-) You make me wonder if I could replicate the honey dipper on my lathe… hmmm

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#3 posted 06-04-2020 07:19 PM

I too, like salt woman and captain lego. I admire your thought process on the grinders.

By the way, do you know who Sgt Pepper was in real life? His real-life photo is on the cover of that record.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#4 posted 06-04-2020 08:24 PM

Nice, Mike! So what are you going to do for the BBQ swap now? ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 06-04-2020 09:08 PM

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#6 posted 06-04-2020 10:32 PM

What have you done Mike! From a slingshot on Mars…love the creativity!!
Not sure which one I like better…the plump salt shaker is quite elegant though.
Great work

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 06-04-2020 11:24 PM

Novelty is what make unique gems…


..... I modelled the Bee s Butt Honey Dipper in Sketch-Up, trying to make use of the faceted nature of the solids (I believe that the main body cylinder has 32 flats and if you look close you can see them – not something that is easily accomplished on a lathe).
- mikeacg

To digress (and hope I’m not preaching to the converted)...
Scale up your components (not groups) by 1000 (that way you can use a 1:1 ratio between mm and Mt and not stuff around with bloody imperial decimals)... At that scale you can segment circles much higher… I use 96, however, you can go bigger.
Delete the biggie component and the “original” standard size will have the same measurements.

Sure makes a difference in smoothing while laser cutting and/or 3D printing… assume the same for CNC.

I just used this pickie in another blog,

Two plugins used… can’t ‘member whether Warehouse of Sketchucation (or both). And you Yanks poo-poo metric!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Woodmaster1

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#8 posted 06-05-2020 12:40 AM

Great job Mike! You are very talented carver.

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duckmilk

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#9 posted 06-05-2020 01:43 AM

You out did yourself on this one Mike. Very creative. Nice job!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Woodknack

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#10 posted 06-05-2020 03:03 AM

Very creative

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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mikeacg

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#11 posted 06-05-2020 11:46 AM

Thanks Ivan!
Kenny – Go for it! I’d like to see what you come up with!
Yes, Brian! I am an old guy and know all sorts of worthless trivia about the Beatles! (I even know what happened to the REAL Paul! Wink, wink!)
Dave – I’ve got a couple good ideas in mind for the BBQ swap. These swaps really push me to try new stuff!!
Thanks George! I’m trying to spend more time carving. The quarantine put that into perspective for me!
Thank you Claude, Tom, Mike and Rick (we need to get you guys back into swaps!)
Alex – I think you missed the point! I was trying to use the facets as a design feature! With a lathe you can’t do that but flat surfaces on a rounded object are kind of cool…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 06-05-2020 12:22 PM


... Alex – I think you missed the point!
Mea culpa….. I’ve been cocking up a lot lately.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 06-05-2020 01:46 PM

Pretty cool !

Way over my head, Little Black duck!!

cheers, Jim

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

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clieb91

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#14 posted 06-05-2020 06:45 PM

I was the recipient of these cool pieces and they are indeed a fun addition to the dinner table I am sure once we have people visiting again regularly they will be a conversation starter. Thank you Mike.

and yes Sophia is a huge fan of the Beatles and many other groups you would not think a teen today would be interested in.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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mikeacg

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#15 posted 06-05-2020 08:07 PM

Glad to hear you liked them Chris! I had way too much fun making them.

Mike

P.S. – Sounds like you did a great job raising the youngin – She’s an avid woodworker and likes music!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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