Driftwood Balancer

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Project by John posted 07-23-2012 08:13 AM 1453 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello, My name is John and I am from the Salem area of Oregon. I am new to woodworking and I dont have much in line of tools for woodwork but I have a lot of imagination and love to make things anything really. I have found so many great things on this site a lot of you folks are incredible artists and have inspired me to try my hand at some of the more simple projects I have seen here.

My first Project was a wine balancer I saw some on here earlier today and couldnt wait to make one. I had this piece of driftwood I found last weekend on the river so I gave it a shot and to my delight it worked like a champ. I was too excited to wait for the teak oil to dry before taking pictures so it is still wet and I plan too add a few more coats of oil and a few coats of laquer. As I said above I am new to this so I will aprreciate any and all comments or critiques.

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 01:01 PM

Hi John

That is very neat. Welcome to the world of woodworking :-) Imagination is the only essential that you will nead as it will also help you to come by with the tools that you do have.

Work safely and keep up the good work.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 01:15 PM

I love drift wood projects. Good suggestions. I don’t have many tools yet either. I will be looking for more drift wood. Have to go early in S Florida…. beach combers collect everything!

-- Storycarver Lisa, S Florida

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 04:43 PM

You will certainly find a lot of inspiration here. And a lot of very good advice. You do not need a shop full of tools to make something pleasing with wood – as you have shown here. Wood is a pretty fantastic substance all by itself. Sometimes we just need to let it strut its stuff. I like projects that show off the wood – and you found a very pretty piece of driftwood.

I just watched this good video on finishing this weekend – you mioght pick up a few hints too!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 10:12 PM

I am new too so do not take this as scripture….but, something to consider, I would guess even more so with driftwood….as it ages be aware it could crack.
In ‘Woodcarving Magazine number 38’ (I tried to find a picture of the cover but couldnt)
There is a good informative article about allowing wood to ‘dry’ before putting holes in it and carving it….and such.

So, if you want to make something that you want to ‘last’ (I know this is your first project~s) it is something you want to think about….
Even of you do not want to buy the magazine, it is worth reading that article. It was full of info I didnt know….regarding how to use grain, importance of grain direction (especially in carving for structural stability)ect…

It starts on Page 60….

But, besides that thought…. This is cool…. I am going to have to make one~~

Do you have any lessons learned from this I can use?

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 08:09 AM

Clean and neat design.

Be careful, your getting the woodworking bug.

Pretty soon you’ll have 20k worth of tools in your garage
try and figure out how they got there…

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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