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Project by LesB posted 03-05-2022 12:24 AM 471 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fun little project to finish on the lathe. It would be a good one for those folks who have small lathes. They make great gifts. Pictured on the right are Myrtle wood (Calif. Bay Laurel), center apple wood, right plum wood. I made sets of 8 of each.

First I made a pentagram template piece so I can mark off the blanks on a board. Then I cut them free with the band saw and sand the 5 flats on a belt sander to remove the saw marks.
I have made them before and struggled with drilling the center holes on the drill press so I came up with another method on the lathe using a jig that mounts on a lathe chuck to hold the blanks and a Forstner drill bit mounted in a chuck in the tail stock. (see picts) Boards that are 3/4” to 1-1/4” thick work well and for a challenge you can try cutting a pentagram shaped column from a thick piece of wood (possibly a tree limb?) and slicing pieces off. The hole is 1-1/2” in diameter and each side measures 1-5/8”...or more if you want larger finished pieces.
After the hole is drilled I mount the rings on the short small diameter jaws of the chuck, round over the each side with a scraper tool and sand as needed. It is best to start the cut from the outside on the tips to reduce chipping and because of the smaller diameter I find a high speed (2000rpm) work well.
These were first coated with processed walnut oil. The Myrtle wood ones looked “flat” so I applied 3 coats of salad bowl finish to bring out the wood color better. The Plum ones the same and the Apple were just oiled and waxed.

-- Les B, Oregon





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#1 posted 03-05-2022 12:50 AM

Nice work Less! Perfect for the occasion!

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

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#2 posted 03-05-2022 01:25 AM

Well done and a great idea. Need to keep these in mind for future projects.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#3 posted 03-05-2022 01:41 AM



Well done and a great idea. Need to keep these in mind for future projects.

- Eric


maybe an upcoming bbq/beer swap huh ? hey eric it’s mine, dont steal my steal from les ok-lol.
nice work buddy.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 03-05-2022 01:45 AM

Funny Pottz, I was thinking craft fair shows, but that a great idea if I participate in the next one.

On a serious note, I do need to build up a stock pike of items and hit some local shows in a few months. See what happens and maybe get my name out there for larger custom projects.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#5 posted 03-05-2022 01:47 AM



Funny Pottz, I was thinking craft fair shows, but that a great idea if I participate in the next one.

On a serious note, I do need to build up a stock pike of items and hit some local shows in a few months. See what happens and maybe get my name out there for larger custom projects.

- Eric


yeah those i think would sell well at a craft show.something i wanna do when i retire.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 03-05-2022 01:51 AM

Hey if I can get a clientele for custom work, I could retire in a few years. Just turned 58 last month and I am ready for the retirement life. Hanging out in the shop, some yard work, going to the lake, fishing. All that good stuff.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#7 posted 03-05-2022 01:57 AM



Hey if I can get a clientele for custom work, I could retire in a few years. Just turned 58 last month and I am ready for the retirement life. Hanging out in the shop, some yard work, going to the lake, fishing. All that good stuff.

- Eric


i hear ya bud gonna turn 62 in may and im damn ready.ive been doing construction hardware since i was 17 ! im done.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 03-05-2022 02:11 AM

Yea, I am feeling it in my bones, construction and I have gotten to the point there are some jobs that are just not worth it anymore.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#9 posted 03-05-2022 06:17 PM


Hey if I can get a clientele for custom work, I could retire in a few years. Just turned 58 last month and I am ready for the retirement life. Hanging out in the shop, some yard work, going to the lake, fishing. All that good stuff.

- Eric

i hear ya bud gonna turn 62 in may and im damn ready.ive been doing construction hardware since i was 17 ! im done.

- pottz

Thanks for the kind comments. Of all my wood working I find lathe work the most enjoyable.

You young guys should quit complaining about getting old. I retired in 1997 and I just turned 80 so now I’m not considered a crazy old man any more I’m ECCENTRIC and people call me Sir instead of A….H…..

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 03-05-2022 06:23 PM


Hey if I can get a clientele for custom work, I could retire in a few years. Just turned 58 last month and I am ready for the retirement life. Hanging out in the shop, some yard work, going to the lake, fishing. All that good stuff.

- Eric

i hear ya bud gonna turn 62 in may and im damn ready.ive been doing construction hardware since i was 17 ! im done.

- pottz

Thanks for the kind comments. Of all my wood working I find lathe work the most enjoyable.

You young guys should quit complaining about getting old. I retired in 1997 and I just turned 80 so now I m not considered a crazy old man any more I m ECCENTRIC and people call me Sir instead of A….H…..

- LesB


lol-i think ill always be considered a crazy old man !

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 03-05-2022 06:48 PM

We all have a bit of that craziness in us. And thanks Les, for the youthful comment. I consider myself very young at heart.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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