Maple cup (23)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 04-18-2021 09:04 PM 853 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Western long leaf maple is fast becoming a favorite turning wood of mine. This cup started as a 4 inch cube, and when I was inspecting it, I noticed a branch that had been grown over. Looked like it would be a cool feature in the wood if I could get everything right.

I turned a “foot” on this cup, thinking that looked cool, and then used a texturing tool on the foot. I’m not sure about the result, but I’ll play with it some more…

Finished with BLO and shellac friction finish. Then hand sanded a touch on the fuzzy end-grain bit and a few more brushed on coats of shellac to finish everything off. Also about a half-dozen brushed on coats of shellac on the foot.

After I was done, I noticed that I had left the base of the cup a little convex, so it’s possible to spin it like a top. Oops.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 04-18-2021 09:42 PM

Nice shape, kinda ok looking wood. Would love to see this in some of that Myrtle.

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#2 posted 04-18-2021 09:53 PM

Ok – Osage orange still on top

-- 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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#3 posted 04-18-2021 09:55 PM

Nice, I like the base on this one.

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#4 posted 04-18-2021 10:22 PM

The last photo is the money shot for me showing off the timber grain and figure, well done Dave.

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#5 posted 04-18-2021 11:21 PM

Well done Dave, that texture on the bottom is interesting.

My vote goes for the Myrtle.

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#6 posted 04-19-2021 12:17 AM

another nice one.

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#7 posted 04-19-2021 02:05 AM

Thanks, SteveN! I may try the shape again.

Thanks, Dick!

Thanks, Tom! I like the base and the flare from the branch.

Thanks, Peter! After I took the first set, I noticed that one of them had really captured that branch, so I shot one more photo.

Eric, it’s just a texturing wheel, but the effect changes so much depending on how you hold it… I could’ve just played with that all day…

Thanks, Pottz!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 04-19-2021 03:14 AM

This is a nice one Dave,. Not the biggest fan of big leaf with the blotches it leaves but sometimes I love it. I see you have a texturing tool, which one?

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

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#9 posted 04-19-2021 03:20 AM

I got the Wagner Dave. Still figuring out what I can do with it…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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