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Project by KEP posted 10-10-2012 10:40 PM 2136 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing the posts for wood beads I just couldn’t resist giving it a try. Using similar methods as described in previous L J posts I mounted an 8 inch sanding disk in my router table, covered it with a tupperware type food container with top and bottom removed, with sandpaper glued to the inside. to hold it to the table I covered the top with a piece of 1/4 inch plywood and strapped it down. I drilled a few holes in the plywood for air flow as my router table dust collection port is under the table. I use a router speed control from Rockler to control the speed.

It takes about 20 minutes to knock the sharp edges off and get the desired shape using 50 or 80 grit sandpaper, whichever I have. Then I switched to 120 grit for about 15 – 20 minutes followed by 220 grit for about 15 – 20 minutes.

Applying the finish turned out to be the easiest part. I spread the beads out on a paper towel inside a shallow cookie sheet, poured some finish over them, then with another paper towel I “rolled” the beads around to distribute the finish. Next the beads were transferred to clean paper towel and using another clean towel I again “rolled” the beads around to remove excess finish. I applied 2 coats of a 50/50 mixture of boiled linseed oil and shellac.

Thanks to Cueball Rosendaul, Filinvested, and Ryan Haasen for your posts and inspiration.

I used cherry, maple, bloodwood, walnut, birch plywood, and butternut.

-- Ken

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#1 posted 10-10-2012 11:37 PM

Very interesting.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#2 posted 10-11-2012 01:55 AM

Those are so cool, thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 01:25 PM

Making wooden beads is pretty easy and a good way to use up some small scraps. Yours turned out nice.
Did you also turn the bowl in the photo?

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#4 posted 10-11-2012 02:25 PM

Lol outstanding. I love it when something to beautiful can be made fairly easily and quickly.

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#5 posted 10-11-2012 02:32 PM

Looks nice – I love the way they show off the wood.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#6 posted 10-11-2012 04:44 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

Dwinkel5: Yes It is a cherry bowl I made last year, I added pictures.

-- Ken

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#7 posted 10-11-2012 05:40 PM

Wow, I must see pictures of the process. I do a LOT of turning and I keep most of the cutoffs of small 3/4” square pieces and always think I’ll do something with them. This sounds like a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#8 posted 10-11-2012 06:14 PM

Nice going. They really look great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 10-11-2012 07:58 PM

Love it.

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#10 posted 10-12-2012 05:49 PM

Very nice decoration for table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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