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So the candle stick holder project was really just an excuse to try a turning technique after in-laying veneers into the middle of the stock. I used my new radius cutting jig for the bandsaw to prep the stock by cutting through it on a 2" radius. I resawed some cherry into 1/16" veneer, then glued them into the radius cuts on the rough stock to make it whole again. Repeated the process after the first veneer dried in place overnight by rotating the stock 90* to the first cut. It was a technique I saw online for getting a cool 'swoop' that traces the sides of a bowl. I figured something small like this was the best way to test it out. I had some square maple stock that was laminated together so I use that from the pile.

Turns out, a small diameter piece results in a small 'swoop'…which all makes sense once you think about it. Regardless, I'm happy with the outcome. This was also an exercise in trying to match profiles for me, which turned out well!

After the bodies were complete, I milled out a top veneer 'cap' and a base for each on the Shaper Origin

Sanded on the lathe up to about 1800, then polished with Dr. Kirk's, finally sealed with homemade friction polish.

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Wow, that is a beautiful detail.
No trouble with the glue up across the grain?
 

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No trouble with the glue up across the grain?
Nope. I did apply liberal amounts of Titebond II and left it clamped for (almost) a full 24 hours per verneer. I was a little concerned about that aspect of it, especially then putting the blank into a lathe spinning at 1200 rpm. Of course, being a spindle, I was able to turn it between centers and keep pressure on it. Didn't seem to be an issue.

Face shields and glasses my friends!

I want to get a proper bowl blank and try that next. It makes for a longer project for sure, but I like the detail!
 

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Very nice. I've been thinking about doing the wave design. I'll have to try that soon.
 
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