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For Sale / Coronet Major
« Last post by Katie Abbott on October 16, 2019, 09:44:21 AM »
in good working order, originally Bert Marsh's lathe. Comes with additional sander attachment, 2 faceplates, 3 toolrests, 4 centres. £100 buyer collects. photo available.
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Gallery / Defiance
« Last post by fuzzyturns on October 16, 2019, 09:43:34 AM »
So here's the sibling to the crested box from a few days ago. And I will admit that in this case there was more design and prior thought involved.
When I had the crested box finished with the stand (in principle), I thought: how would this look if the box was tilted? So I took a piece of paper and drew the outline of the box with its lid at an angle (making sure that the angle was such that the lid wouldn't fall off), and then I added a stand. And then I made the stand. But when I put the box on the stand, it didn't look right.
So I decided to keep the original stand for the crested box and make another box for the new stand. This one is made from a piece slightly spalted horse chestnut, lid from zebrano and wenge, the stand is black walnut.
I chose the title because of the shape of the ornament on the lid, it seems to me that the box is raising its lid in defiance of gravity (call me a sentimental old fool, if you will).

All comments welcome.
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Gallery / Re: Propeller Box
« Last post by fuzzyturns on October 16, 2019, 09:37:41 AM »
Thanks, John. Clearly my "fortunate events" comment was made with a little smile, and I am pretty sure that a few years ago I would not have ended up with the same result. I agree with you that experience plays a big part in "following our intuition". I suspect we all do it completely unconsciously, and may even wonder in the end: how did I get here? 
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General Discussion / Re: African Blackwood
« Last post by bodrighywood on October 15, 2019, 09:16:41 PM »
I wouldn't use oil, not keen on them personally. Buff hard with tripoli wax then again with carnauba. Finish with a soft buff on a wheel.

Pete
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General Discussion / African Blackwood
« Last post by Woodware500 on October 15, 2019, 07:51:23 PM »
After sanding to a fine finish a small pot
in a mad moment I washed the piece in Acetone which has removed some or all of the surface
oils. It is definitely murky under the buffed (Beale system)finish
Does anyone have any suggestions.
I thought I could soak it in oil but what sort ?There is a lot of oil out there.
Liberon Tung , which has to be diluted with white spirit , not sure about that. Teak reviving oil, linseed,the list goes on.

Anyone ?

Jeff
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Gallery / Re: Propeller Box
« Last post by John Plater on October 15, 2019, 06:36:51 PM »
I love the story ! "Fortunate events" to a certain extent are of one's own making. One look at things and make the most of them. It is a part of the skill and application of experience. It gives the overall piece its dynamic. I liked it before knowing the back story. I like it even more now !
ATB John
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Gallery / Re: Propeller Box
« Last post by Mike313 on October 15, 2019, 12:06:13 PM »
Fortunate indeed! The results work very well :)
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General Discussion / Re: The wierdest commision.......or do you know better?
« Last post by Twisted Trees on October 14, 2019, 09:12:52 PM »
I have not tried selling them, have been paid for a couple of commissioned ones.

At many shows I give away simple spinning tops, but they are only free to under 10 year olds, they are priced at £100 each for anyone else.  The plan is to get the children playing and the bored parents actually get trapped into actually looking at my stall. Problem is I often have people haggling about the £100 price tag like it was real in the first place!
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General Discussion / Re: The wierdest commision.......or do you know better?
« Last post by bodrighywood on October 14, 2019, 05:59:55 PM »
Well I made some wands from (real) elder wood.  Had to improvise a bit for the phoenix feather core with layers of red/orange/yellow dyed veneer glued into a sandwich with the elder before turning.  But looked pretty good!  Supplied to nephews against a promise not to turn anyone into a furry animal...

I think we owe JK Rowling a vote of thanks, children, grandchildren, now want the sticks they play with to have seen a lathe  :) Last one I gave to my granddaughter  because it was 'broken' I couldn't make anything invisible with it!

Try selling them at shows and charge about £50 ech. Makes people invisible very quickly LOL

Pete
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General Discussion / Re: The wierdest commision.......or do you know better?
« Last post by Twisted Trees on October 14, 2019, 04:54:35 PM »
Well I made some wands from (real) elder wood.  Had to improvise a bit for the phoenix feather core with layers of red/orange/yellow dyed veneer glued into a sandwich with the elder before turning.  But looked pretty good!  Supplied to nephews against a promise not to turn anyone into a furry animal...

I think we owe JK Rowling a vote of thanks, children, grandchildren, now want the sticks they play with to have seen a lathe  :) Last one I gave to my granddaughter  because it was 'broken' I couldn't make anything invisible with it!

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