A happy lesson

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 06-06-2011 02:31 AM 2207 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all; here is how to make your wife happy in one easy lesson. Make her something she has asked for for at least two years! You would think a woodworker like me would have taken less time, but you can’t rush creativity (at least that’s my story!). Anyway, we renovated the upstairs and my wife still had not gotten her lazy-susan or a new napkin holder. The napkin holder was close to 30 years old and none too pretty. I know she loves zebra-wood, so I did a six piece glue-up, shaped it to something other than plain round, then turned the face to get a round lip. Then, I shaped the top and bottom edges for a nice flair. As a last step, I inlaid 12 different woods in three circular sizes just for fun. The napkin holder is out of a special piece of bocote I got out of an off-cut bin at Woodcraft. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of wood I have ever seen; I wish I had 100 board feet of it! But, alas, I had just enough for this little project. I inlaid a fossilized nautilus shell and used ash burl to cover the screws. So, there you go; a happy lesson!

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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Homer J. Woodworker

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 02:44 AM

I think Bocote and Zebrawood almost always make for a striking appearance. Absolutely beautiful work! And I really like the fact that it’s not round as the usual lazy-susan. Job well done!

-- -"Trying is the first step towards failure!"

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 02:57 AM

I agree, job well done!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 04:53 AM

Well, is she happy? She better be because this is one beautiful project…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 08:47 AM

Looks awesome from here!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 06-06-2011 01:10 PM

Of course you just can’t rush quality craftsmanship!! These are a couple of gorgeous pieces that you should be proud of. The nautilus inlay adds a nice touch to the napkin holder. The wood is stunning in its own right but the inlay compliments it well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 06-06-2011 01:43 PM

love it if the wife ain’t happy you ain’t happy lol

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 03:01 PM

Well done. Keeping her happy is a great way to get more tools! LOL Very nice….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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