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Project by drsurfrat posted 03-08-2022 08:55 AM 834 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Toothpick and Stand
Cherry ‘pic and stand. Copper stand arms.

Finished down to 400 grit paper, then down to 2000 grit emery cloth. 7 coats of tung oil over 7 days, with 0000 steel wool between coats. Wipe on poly for protection, then a coat of paste wax. Yes, I am kidding.

Lopsided Bowl
Leopardwood and maple
9” outside diameter
1 inch offset between centers
Tung oil finish

Turned both centers from same side, shifted faceplate an inch to the center of the maple. Got down to about 1.5 in. at the attached base (forgot to take a pic) then hand-shaped the bowl bottom.
Slightly thicker than I wanted, but I got a little chicken after all that prep work.
It is weighted so that it wobbles without the lip touching the ground/tabletop

Lathe Boring Tool
Ash handle, stainless rod
3.5” deep inset into handle
carbide bit, McMaster part no TCMT
torx T15, M4×0.7 screw, part no 6-998-4008T don’t recommend much over 6” cantilever past the toolrest, even though it’s long.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#1 posted 03-08-2022 01:07 PM

Beautiful Mike, the bowl has already been put to use as a candy dish in the living room. I tried out the tool, yes I like it very much. I was surprised for its length it is very balanced. Well done, and Thank You.

The tooth pick takes the turnings to another level, fine and delicate. I think I would be afraid to turn items that small. Great little bonus.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 03-08-2022 03:24 PM

Nicely done, Mike! And thanks again for running the swap! Were you a rookie? Hard to believe!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 03-08-2022 03:58 PM

Fantastic work Mike :-) Like Eric, I can certainly appreciate the skill involved in turning that pick! The stand is a really nice touch too. I know it was tongue in cheek but I like it!

I especially like the wobble bowl. The wood combination and form is great. When you say it’s “weighted” so the lip never touches, is it just a matter of planning the center of gravity in the right spot or did you have to add weight to accomplish it?

Great work and great job running the swap!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#4 posted 03-08-2022 04:52 PM

The first one I made was on accident, but it works when you make the two centers about 1” for an 8” bowl. The lip is about 3/8” thick. The round bowl part is about 2” deep. Those proportions would work I imagine on any size bowl.

I wonder if SolidWorks could tell you. I know it will calc the center of mass, ...

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#5 posted 03-08-2022 04:56 PM

It will Mike I just wasn’t sure if I was missing something or if it was as simple as a function of the center of mass :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#6 posted 03-08-2022 05:36 PM

that bowl is fabulous doc.oh and ill take a box of 100 toothpicks please.

-- 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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#7 posted 03-08-2022 06:52 PM

Ok – I’m not sure where to start – so perhaps the tooth pick and stand, it’s inconceivable that someone would/could turn that on a lathe. so delicate, so very nice.
The tooth pick stand – a little block of wood, I would guess cherry ? but then the arms, a (or 2) hammered and shaped pennies, I hope they were the same year. If not there might be some premature sagging on one or the other.
Now the bowl – that is so far out of my comfort zone that I’m not even qualified to comment on it but I’ll try. VERY, VERY NICE

btw – Thanks for running a great swap !

-- 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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#8 posted 03-08-2022 08:02 PM

Mike, thanks for running the show, well done. The toothpick is great. I love that offset bowl, that is a display piece, beautiful. Not having a lathe I’d keep the sticker near the bed for protection in case of lightweight breakers in. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 03-09-2022 01:24 AM

That bowl is just stunning Mike! I think I understand how it is balanced from reading what you said. Interesting indeed. The toothpick must have been nerve wracking to pull off. Excellent!
Well run swap!

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

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#10 posted 03-09-2022 03:29 AM

The bowl is very cool. The toothpick shows some amazing skill and patience.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 03-09-2022 04:47 PM

Extremely beautiful Mike. Was a pleasure tagging along with you all for the swap even though I didn’t participate.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#12 posted 03-09-2022 07:26 PM

Cool Mike, I like the weeble bowl and that may be the most overengineered toothpick I’ve seen :)

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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