Cork Oak Spheres

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Project by FordMike posted 01-25-2011 07:54 AM 2472 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 4” spheres turned freehand on the lathe from a single small trunk section of a local Cork Oak tree. The wood is slightly spalted on the whits spots so they are softer and didn’t finish as well , but the grain is out standing. I have always held a dislike for Oak (for turning), may be because it is available anywhere, in in very large pieces, maybe its the big open pores are difficult to fill and finish. After this maybe I rethink my position and try to find other uses for it, anyway hope you enjoy the pics’. The finish is Tung Oil-Low Odor Mineral Spirits and Varnish. It was a fun few minutes and perhaps it will lead to other things. FordMike

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#1 posted 01-25-2011 07:58 AM

Now you gotta find a use for them. Nice grain, almost looks like a coconut shell.

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#2 posted 01-25-2011 02:19 PM

The grain is awesome!

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#3 posted 01-25-2011 03:41 PM

very cool, I love the grain.

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#4 posted 01-25-2011 08:38 PM

Those look excellent, definitely thought of coconuts. What did you use to fill the pores before finishing with tung oil and varnish?

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#5 posted 01-26-2011 08:10 AM

Filling the pores was just a matter of 3 coats of “super sauce” burned in with a cotton rag, let it cool ad, two quick coats on the surface with a light buffing.

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 01:18 AM

fun project … love the wood

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