Applewood bracelet, my first turned project.

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Project by derosa posted 12-06-2011 05:56 AM 1474 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As the title says, this is my first turned project to date however I did it without the benefit of any turning tools.
The wood is from an apple tree that a friend cut down last spring and I hacked up into some thicker pieces for just this reason. The only thing I would have done differently was made the top and bottom more parallel.

First I drilled a 3/8” hole through the center of the blank and then cut off the corners on the bandsaw. Once done I ran a 3/8 bolt through with a nut and tightened it down; then I chucked it in my old drill press like a drill bit. I wasn’t certain what speed to use and eventually landed on 2100 rpms.
My chisel for the purpose was a 100+ year old mortising chisel that was made in Rochester that I picked up for a buck at a flea market.

I used the chisel to shape the outside and add the curves near the edges. Once the outside was shaped I used the scroll saw to shape the inside roughly and a sanding bit chucked into drill. To make the inside completely round I wrapped sandpaper around a pepsi glass that just fit inside the bracelet.

To finifh the outside I then wrapped a rag around the outside of the chuck till the bracelet barely slipped over it. This let me sand the outside to 1200 grit. I finished it with urithane and will add a second coat in the morning

-- A posse ad esse

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 06:00 AM

Looks very nice.

-- You don't learn much from the second kick of the mule -- Everett Dirksen

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 02:02 PM

Nice bracelet. I like the finish also. I have thought about trying applewood. I don’t know is it soft or hard?

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 12-06-2011 03:37 PM

Interesting, you used what you had on hand for tools and WOW.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 12-06-2011 05:52 PM

Apple wood seems to be about the hardness of cherry. There are two down sides to it, the first is that it doesn’t come in really big pieces, which is getting harder to find since the orchards are switching to dwarf varieties, the other is that it splits easy especially with thicker pieces. Males really good firewood as well.

-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 07:27 PM

Real nice thinking outside of the box.
You ended up with a real nice bracelet.

-- Chuck

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#6 posted 12-06-2011 07:43 PM

Hello Derosa

A beautiful bracelet and a good finish

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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