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Project by Stephen Mines posted 03-02-2011 05:16 PM 2890 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Naw, not a spool of thread, just a BIG table base. I’d been whacking away at this awhile and noticed it kinda resembled a thread spool. Just to prove that woodturners almost have a sense of humor I thought I’d wrap a rope around it and snap a picture. That’s a 50 foot piece of robe, all I had, so my photo op was wasted? No, not really, it got my camera off the shelf so I happened to take a picture of the finished base (last photo). Base was made with Alder, finished size was 22 Dia X 29 High. Had to have a cleanly finished end since it got a glass top. The design is a stylized sheaf of wheat, as gathered together to dry in the field, as in ‘bringing in the sheaves’. The customer was debating whether to have wheat straws carved into it after it was turned. I don’t know if he ever carried through on that. In answer to the the question “What do you get for something like this?” I charged $350.00 COM & Prep, PD. (Customer’s Own Material and Preparation, they furnish the wood and prepare it for the lathe and deliver blank and pickup finished piece.) ALL I have to do is get it on the lathe, make sawdust, and call them to pickup.

-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 05:27 PM

Yes, and you’ll need a big needle!!

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 05:35 PM

I think you need a crow bar for a needle? ... and maybe an upside down bucket for a thimble.
But really: that’s one heck of a turning; and solid too !

-- [email protected]

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 05:37 PM

Yes, that reminds me of the times I used to haul thread, for the Space Needle….........;}......................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 06:58 PM

I thought you set up a pull start to get that massive thing spinning!
I see you vary in turning size from the minut to mega spinner. Great looking work, both great and small!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 02:50 AM

Very cool, that’s one heck of a lathe you have there, great to see your projects here on the site, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 04:24 AM

One heck of a clean-up I’m betting. Are your tools 1” shorter now?

-- Steven

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 05:12 AM

Outta sight. I love it!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 05:23 PM

Glad to hear it was a table base. When I saw the thread spool I began to worry about who your customer might be.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 03:32 AM

I want to see the table

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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Stephen Mines

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#10 posted 03-05-2011 12:51 AM

All, Thanks for all the nice and fun comments.

Robert, I can’t show you a picture of the finished table, I never saw it again after it was picked up. I don’t know it it was ever carved either. I do know it was destined to have a 56” to 60” beveled glass top, probably 1/2” float. If you want to see it, rotate it 1/4 turn on your computer screen; then you’ll have to squint (so you can imagine the glass top)...lemme know what you think! Thanks for taking a look!


-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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