Small claro walnut cup (#16)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 04-01-2021 04:20 PM 591 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Small (3.5 inch (80mm) diameter, by 2¾ inch (65mm) tall cup. I had meant to turn more details into this, but got fascinated by the grain and ended up making a fairly simple shape.

Finished with tung oil / shellac friction finish.

I’m thinking about turning a lid for it from another piece of claro walnut. What do you think?

Update: it’s got a lid now.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 04-01-2021 04:34 PM

Great looking cup, love the grain appearance.
This on looks to have grain direction opposite of you last post. Notice any difference in the response of the wood?, easier or not?

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#2 posted 04-01-2021 04:39 PM

A lid would make it a box (of course), but I’d consider what you plan to use it for. Since you are still experimenting, lid would be a good exercise in turning to a set dimension.

The walnut looks primo either way!

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#3 posted 04-01-2021 04:44 PM

#16: Careful Dave, you are going to run out of friends to give them to or they start piling up around house or shop. I now have my daughters giving them to their friends.

I think making a lid is an excellent idea. You might even try adding a cool contrasting finial—another fun thing to learn.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 04-01-2021 05:21 PM

Tom, with end grain on the side, a guy needs to make sure he’s turning the right direction to avoid tear out. With it vertical as the previous cup, the tricky bit is the bottom. So that’s maybe a little easier to turn for a rookie, but I’m almost to the point where I turn the right direction without having to hurt my brain thinking too hard.

Splint, the claro walnut I’ve been getting from Cook has been pretty dang nice so far. Very happy with it.

Nathan, that is a potential problem. I think I probably will make a lid, turning it into a little box, if only for practice (as splint points out) turning to a fixed dimension. The chunk of walnut I’ll probably use is 3” tall, so I’ll probably turn the lid and handle in one piece, as long as I don’t get confused and try to put the handle on the wrong way.

And if I get too many sitting around, maybe I’ll toss them in as a bonus on a swap. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 04-01-2021 05:28 PM

And if I get too many sitting around, maybe I’ll toss them in as a bonus on a swap. ;-)

- Dave Polaschek

Or just fill them with buckshot and use them as bookends on your shelves 8^)

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#6 posted 04-01-2021 05:30 PM

no lid, that would make it a bowl
too nice to mess with it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 04-01-2021 05:38 PM

Love the walnut, nice work as usual.

-- Ron

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#8 posted 04-01-2021 05:44 PM

Beautiful wood. You are becoming quite the turner Dave. Nice job.

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#9 posted 04-01-2021 06:37 PM

man #16 i gotta get busy and catch up-lol. that is some nice walnut,working on one right now that i got from cooks,looks promising so far. go for a lid that something i wanna try soon only on #6 and the wifes already on me about what im gonna do with em.

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#10 posted 04-01-2021 08:09 PM

I really like the color and grains on this, good job!

Pottz my wife has said the same thing “these look good, now what are you doing with them?” Or she simply grabs one on her way out of the shop(if she really likes it)

-- Ben

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#11 posted 04-01-2021 08:41 PM

Splint, my shelves are so full I don’t need bookends.

Thanks, Dick!

Thanks, Ron!

Thanks, SteveN.

Pottz, #19 already has the first coat of shellac on it. And #20 & 21 have been rough-turned and are drying. 21 even has a lid. I’m keeping busy. I’ve given three away already, plus my sweetie figures I’m going to be selling some at the local fall art sale if it happens. If not, I keep making noises about setting up an Etsy shop I can regrEtsy.

Thanks, Ben! My sweetie hasn’t claimed any of the bowls, but I have a suggestion that I should turn some legs for an end-table for the guest room one of these days… and she claimed the carved birb before the oil had dried.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 04-01-2021 09:22 PM

As you said Dave, beautiful grain in the dark timber, top marks sir.

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#13 posted 04-01-2021 10:19 PM

Beautiful Claro walnut bowl Dave. It makes a great stand alone. If you make a lid, maple and walnut are the best companions.

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

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#14 posted 04-02-2021 12:48 AM

Nice turn Dave…really like the walnut.

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#15 posted 04-02-2021 01:03 AM

Another pretty bowl there Dave. You are keeping busy that’s for sure.

-- Eric, building the dream

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