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  1. Hi Everyone This past summer I was asked to create a custom bar top for one of my sons . We originally talked about using slate to fill in the top and would use table top resin to make it smooth. It would maybe have a nice wood frame and would sit on a knee wall in his man-cave. After taking some measurements and discussing options, I suggested maybe doing a custom Intarsia inlayed into the top. He liked the idea so I suggested he find a photo he would like to use as a subject. He sent me a photo he took while on vacation in Hawaii, I thought it would be hard to do as an Intarsia but would see what I could do. I drew up scaled plans for the top showing the layout for the framed intarsia along with the field for the rest of the top. We decided to go with Peruvian Walnut for the frame and accent diamonds and tiger maple for the field pieces . I chose to use 3/4" MDF as a base to build from mostly for overall stability . Did all the millwork for the frame and decided to do accent inlays of Ebony and BE maple around the perimeter. Got all of the maple pieces, diamonds and frame for the intarsia cut and fit into place. On to the custom intarsia.
  2. This is a continuation of a post in the "your workbench" topic of the General Woodworking forum. Since the project has, for now, become a wood turning project, I decided to continue it here. If it more rightly should stay in the Gen WW forum, John or Lew, feel free to move it. I now have all the pawns and rooks made. I'm avoiding making the knights for now. Being frequently referred to as the other end of the horse, I need to practice before making the horses' head for the "keeper" piece. Wish me luck on getting the picture of my progress to date posted correctly.
  3. I’m continuing on with the Christmas presents. It’s getting hard to figure out what to make for old friends. I’ve pretty much made them all the little stuff over the years. Little boxes and bowls are always fun to give but coming up with something new is getting to be a challenge. I’ve given them all the ice cream scoops and pizza cutters. This year I found some interesting stuff at Niles. They are mostly known for their bottle stoppers but I also found bottle and tab openers. I asked a few people if they thought having a tab opener would be of value and several thought it was a great idea so I ordered up a few. I glued up the blanks last night and turned the first one today. Paul
  4. I visited the widow of a long time friend that passed away recently. We sorted thru some of the stationary power tools and their accessories for sale. Next will be portable power tools, then the hardware store and lumber yard, as she put it. One of the things he did was turning little decorative "bird houses" that were ornament sized. He had a few pieces of exotic wood roughly 2x2x10 and a piece of ebony that he never got to. What would be a good way to find a turner who might be interested? There were also a bunch of "half logs" probably destined for bowls.
  5. lew

    Ebony On Sale

    @FrederickH Just saw this, might be something you can use- https://www.cookwoods.com/collections/ebony-gabon
  6. The wife handed me a new drawing and project last night. It’s a small project to keep me busy while she finishes up the drawings for the next big project which is the media room. This is a stand for the fireplace tools. It’s mostly a long spindle turning of segmented bubinga and ebony. The bubinga I have but the ebony stash is too low. There isn’t enough left. She may have to compromise. I can get the same effect with black lacquered maple. I also don’t think I am going to do segmented rings. I think I will just cut discs of bubinga using the Shaper Origin and glue them up. Turning bubinga is always a thrill. Paul
  7. The black is Ebony and the red is wood that looks red uniformly red all the way thru. I got it at Rocklers and it is primarily used for pens. I don't know how they got the color all the way thru. The yellow one is Yellow Hart and colored ply. I had several glue ups ready to turn and these are the first of 6. All are Christmas gifts.
  8. lew

    Hidden In My Heart.jpg

    From the album: Manzanita

    manzanita root turned completely with Easy Wood Tools, ebony finial and gloss ploy.
  9. lew

    Hidden In My Heart 1.jpg

    From the album: Manzanita

    manzanita root turned completely with Easy Wood Tools, ebony finial and gloss ploy.
  10. Big brown truck brought me something nice today.... 26 board feet of 8/4 Macassar Ebony... Time to get the wheels spinning...
  11. We lost our 12 year old Maltese a little while back.... and was quite disappointed in the little box the crematorium returned his cremains...... I had a nice piece of Walnut with a slice of a branch in it that, when bookmatched created the "V" for "Vinnie" on the lid.... Curly Maple, Walnut & Ebony..... Laser etching of a photo of Vinnie...
  12. 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.
  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. A few years back, I received a huge chunk of Gaboon Ebony. It originally weighed in around 60 pounds. Over the years I've cut small sections off for trim, pen blanks, etc (at the most, 3/4 inch thickness per cut). For my current project, I ripped two 6 in wide boards, using the band saw with a 3/4" blade. About a 1/2 inch into the cut, sparks began to fly. As the cut progressed I began to wonder if I was grinding metal versus cutting wood. Upon inspection, there is no metal in the wood, that can be seen. A friend suggested that its the density of the ebony that causes the sparks. Before I ripped the 2nd boards I took time to clean up all the sawdust, just in case. The second rip did the same thing only the sparks were immediate. Is this normal? There's no burn marks in the wood and no sign of any metal. The sparks lasted throughout both cuts, so it wasn't like hitting a nail or other object. I cant replicate it with any other type of wood. I later ripped oak, walnut, and poplar with no sparks. .
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