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I had the opportunity to fix a failed project I attempted over a year ago. I had maple in my yard from a tree that I had cut down a few years ago. This was before my interest in woodworking really bloomed and I, unfortunately, did not know to seal the logs. Most cracked over time, but I had a small log I could put on the lathe and I decided to try my hand at a chalice.

I was able to rough shape it and give it a hollow, but I didn't have a chuck at the time and so it sat in my basement for over a year. I bought a chuck awhile ago and was able to mount, shape, and correct most of the flaws. Staining was more difficult than I expected. I applied a good deal of pre-stain conditioner but I was a little careless and used a cherry stain that was probably too old for proper use. The pigments settled and I thought I remixed it well enough, but when I first started to apply, it came out as thick as acrylic. I was able to fix it with mineral spirits, sandpaper, and steel wool buffs, but it still came out a little too dark for my taste. I wanted more of the grain to show through and should have used a lighter color.

I sealed it with a minwax satin poly coat. I wanted the gloss kept to minimum because I wanted it to look antiquated. I think I was able to accomplish that much. Overall, I am happy with my first chalice. Some parts I would do differently but that is what experience is all about.

Happy woodworking all,

David

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I can picture Henry VIII swilling down some red wine out of that. :)
 

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It certainly looks like a 14th century creation good job.
 

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A great looking chalice indeed. Seeing it reminded me of the Danny Kaye move The Court Jester "The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!" It was a great scene just like this is a great chalice.
 

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Nice job David, I really like the color, the form and those grooves give it nice spacial relation.
 

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I concur with what everyone said
 

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I like it too and I think the color looks very nice.
 

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Thank you all for the kind comments. I was happy to salvage this and I now have one project from the past off my checklist :)

David
 
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