sculpture bases

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Project by Jim55 posted 01-29-2014 02:01 AM 2048 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Other things have damped my wood working endeavors. But, #3 son is very fond of cats so we got him these ceramic cat figures. However, the bases were narrow and they were tall enough to be easily tipped so I decided to make and put them on some bases.
I know this is no big deal for most of you all but, I am pretty tickled with them having little wood lathe experience. The wood is two year aged hickory. The bases are about 6” in diameter and about 3/4” thick. cats & bases are about 13” tall in all.
I turned them matching dimensions one to the other with a scale and od spring calipers. (I’m an old machinist). On that note, I have my lathe set up with a 4 jaw chuck. I generally formed my raw stock on the band saw then chucked up the pieces in my 4 jaw. The old formula for truing them up is holding a pencil to the work piece then adjusting the clamping accordingly. I had the 4 jaw in because, well, I’m just more used to it and on a more practical note, I was doing so eccentric turning.

I sanded them on the lathe with 220, 320, 800. I put a little stain on them and spun them with 0000 steel wool to knock down raised grain from the stain. The finish is a witches brew of “Tru-Oil”, blo, and a little bees wax.

The statues are held down though there bottom holes with toggle bolts. The bottoms are covered with split leather for both non-skid and non-marring properties. It’s held in place by basic contact cement.

Though not so big a deal, my boy was well pleased with them and in the long run, what else matters.

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Dave Dufour

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 11:49 AM

Excellent job.
It’s a real gift to be able to do that kind of work.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 03:05 PM

Those pretty bases look great and suit well with the cool sculptures. Great job!

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