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  1. Last week I wrote that I had cut and drilled a piece into a precise form only to drop it one the cement floor. I'm sure there are still some pieces there. I looked at the two larger pieces and tried to come up with a way I could still use it. It wasn't happening, until I saw Steve's bird house ornaments. It seemed that each step resulted in a failure of some king. I kept at it, not wanting to admit defeat. So here is the bird house ornament that resulted from so many failures. It has a lot of problems, but I don't dare to so any more with it. It is like a jinx
  2. I lost a lot of my hearing during my stint in the Navy, working around jet aircraft. Now I wear hearing aids. The batteries tend to die when you need them most. I turned this little holder for my key chain. Made from Walnut and Maple.
  3. A couple of candle holders made on the lathe. Left one is walnut the right one is maple.
  4. As we get older some of us have a pill that has to be taken during the day. How do you take it with you? Made a batch of totes with some Cherry for my brothers and sisters and the inlaws as well. I ran across a deal on some half inch conduit connectors at the Habitat Restore. I cut them in half and put them on the metal lathe and made thread insert sets as you see in the picture. They are epoxied in place. Here are some of them.
  5. My son's Cross Country team asked if I would take an attempt at making a new spirit stick for the team. What I have learned about spirit sticks at cross country meets is that the teams carry these to receive their awards post-run. I do not know much else about the history of this and believe it just something that the teams do for fun. I agreed to give it a shot as the old one was in a bad state of repair. I have a Powermatic PM90 with VFD but have not had many excuses to run it. I am really a "nooby" in the turning world. I also took a first attempt at inlay on this project. While I do not consider this my best work, I am pleased with how it turned out and what I learned as well. This will be attached to pool cue that is candy striped in two tone blue school colors. I did not have it ready at the time I took the pictures. For many of the folks here, I know that this is pretty rudimentary turning so I apologize for the fledgling work. Hopefully it meets the team expectations!. Go Storm!
  6. DAB

    red oak bowl

    gave this one away.
  7. a couple of years ago, I wanted to try off set turning, I think that is what it is called. You turn it on one set of centers and then move it to another. Then one idea led to another. I drilled holes, routed edges and had a neat looking piece. Then it started looking like a modern art guy. So I fashioned a head and base. I really like how it came out. My wife loves it. If I had to name it, it would be "TOUCHDOWN"
  8. I am making another ornament. Gerald asked if I used paint on one I had made. I told him that I never use paint. Then I thought, why not? I could look good if used properly. So I used some paint to make stripes. I got the finish on and promptly dropped it on the floor. AHHHHHHHHHH! that is why you don't see a picture. I'm going to look at it tomorrow and see what I can do. I darn sure don't want to redo it.
  9. Gerald

    Spalted Magnolia Bowl

    From the album: Hollow Forms

    Almost threw this piece of wood away and had to work around some flaws
  10. I made as couple more ornaments out of soft wood. The circles are pine and the rest is maple. I used those woods to experiment with and I wouldn't lose the exotic wood, if my experiment didn't work. When I got them as smooth as I wanted, I applied stain. They came out much better than I expected. After the wood I got at Rocklers dries, I will repeat, but with a different size circle.
  11. I think I have a handle on Ebony and how best to proceed, so I learned from my first turning and applied what I knew. All went well with the Ebony and then I selected a much better piece of Yellow Hart than the piece I used with my first turning. As I was finishing up and pleased with my work, there was a noise outside that startled me and I made a move that BROKE the yellow heart in two pieces!!! I walked away for about an hour, had a coffee and came back. Not wanting to make a new piece or destroying what I had.............I got an idea and I worked at it until I have what you see. Finding centers and drilling holes in those tiny pieces was one big challenge.
  12. I didn't want to take away from Ron's ornament thread so I started this one. I make and give away about 60 ornaments each year. This years ornaments have a plastic insert which is what Ron was showing some of. My inserts are pieces cut from the tall shiny tubes that were once part of some trophies I took apart. A few years ago I made finials for some glass bulbs that are sold everywhere for Christmas trees. The tops are large because they had to go over the tube that are on top of those bulbs. John said he wanted to see pictures when I said I have used something other than wood in ornaments. So here they are.
  13. Today I turned some black Ebony for the first time. A very dense, heavy and hard wood. First thing I notice is that the chips don't go a flying, like normal. A black discharge of tiny particles, more like dust. I used my carbide tools mostly, but did also use my HSS small gouge and parting tool. I did notice that these tools got dull quicker than normal. Does this wood take glue well? Should it be prepped first with an alcohol cleaning?
  14. I used some spalted Apple, yellow hart and Paduk to make this one. I am not good enough to hollow it out, but neither was the spalted Apple. I was worried that it would not hold up when I was turning it. My wife said this was a keeper. My daughter took one look and said, "Dad, I love this one" my wife nodded and I gave it to her.
  15. I got an idea about a bell Christmas tree ornament. I used Yellow hart and Padouk. I had it all planned out in my head and started I had the top of the bell in the chuck, hallowed it out and started adding layers. I hallowed as I went. It went well, for a while. Then I started to turn the top of the bell and found a hidden flaw, a bad one. After all that work. It is right above the yellow stripe. I did finish it, by adding a bell. sure not proud of it. I didn't work very hard to make it shine either.
  16. I just finished 4 tree ornaments. They started out as an experiment with salvaged plastic. My wife tossed a floor lamp that had 4 sections. Each section was separated by a clear plastic disc 3" in dia and half inch thick. The four are in the center and you can see that it worked well. I learned a lot about turning, sanding and finishing plastic. The final shapes of these ornaments are determined by how well I did the turning, etc. Each mistake caused a new cut a little deeper. I wasn't sure if glue would hold plastic to wood, do I kept a dowel in the center. As it turned out, the gorilla glue was all that was needed and when I do it again. NO dowel. I have about 25 on display above the fireplace.
  17. You must use your imagination for this one. The star at the top is illuminating Jesus in the cradle.The other side is the same. It took a lot of time and effort, so if you don't see it...............say you do
  18. I'm still making Christmas tree ornaments. I really enjoy the complexity of doing this. However when things go wrong,,,,,, I do say DARN. Hows that for cleaning up my act? (no cuss words)
  19. A number of my pens will be heading to South Africa next week so I needed to turn some replacements. 3 of these are turned from spectraply. I was hoping to see some of the color bleeding that Ron had but I think the camo color doesn't make this apparent. Hopefully in a month or two I'll be able to buy some brighter colors to try.
  20. I am still finding out how to turn the new colored/laminated wood. To make matters more complicated, I also used a piece of acrylic plastic from a discarded floor lamp It was a whole new experience for me with acrylic and turning the layered colors so they won't bleed color dust. I made so many adjustments that the final product looked NOTHING like it started to be. However I gained a ton of turning experience.
  21. Here is the first pen I have made from the surf gel blank. It was very hard and brittle but turned out well. Comments and such welcome.
  22. Well, I finished another one. It looks the way it does because it shaped itsself. After a small blow out and a complete break off, I managed to recoup and it looks like this. Rather than risk any more serious problems, I left it as is. It isn't all true or perfect, but no one but me knows
  23. When I made my first Celtic knot roller, the results were not as good as I liked. I didn't finish it and started again. Today in a thrift store I saw another cheese cutter and decided to use that old roller and make another one. It looks Ok for my first roller and could make a gift, I use one to make pizza dough and will try this one to see if the beveled end will make the crust easier. If not, I'll eat it anyway
  24. I started making Christmas tree ornaments several years ago. As I progressed they became more complicated. I really enjoy making them. My wife wanted them displayed so I just set up the display you see. She likes it, if she is happy, so am I. Nearly all of them are made of wood scraps from older larger projects. Most are exotic woods. The one picture by its self is the latest one. I finished it yesterday.
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