Woodworking

Bowl and Balls

A natural edge bowl with some cedar balls I will be using as Christmas ornaments this year.

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Walnut Frame

Finally finished a Walnut picture frame. The painting is by my friend Alex. I have had it for years but never had a frame, so I finally made one.

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Platter

A new platter made out of camphor wood (I think)

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Balls

Starting prototypes for Christmas ornaments.

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Teak Folding Table

A teak folding table with Greene and Greene style accents. I have a second one I still need to finish.

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Christmas Wood

Now that all the presents have been delivered, Santa can take this opportunity to share with the rest of the world all of the toys that came out of the workshop.

This year jewelry seemed to be the order of the day. I had started out several months ago turning large spheres and I gradually moved smaller and smaller. At some point I started making beads and then Bryan asked me if I had ever used magnetic beads. That’s when Christmas really started to come together.

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Playing with Inlays

The secret is that you have to press down in the right spot to open it.

I got inspired by the recent 2009 Woodturning Symposium in North Georgia. I really liked some of the inlay work I saw there so I figured I would give it a try.

The small box is elm with a purple heart insert and the taller box is a Bocote insert topping a box of some unknown wood that was growing outside my office. —woodturners like a good thunderstorm now and then… it means new wood to play with. 🙂

The bracelet is Bocote as well.

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Christmas Lights

Now that I am done being “Santa’s Workshop” for the year, I thought I would post a little of this years output. These Christmas lights are from an American Association of Woodturners project book. I made them with Dymondwood from hutt products , a little bit of Yellowheart for the base and a small length of oak dowel for gripping in the chuck and forming a small tip for the “screw in” part of the base.

Out of all of the bowls and pepper mills and various oddities I produced this year, these where by far the most popular (I made about 30 of them in 3 different colors). They were also the easiest to make. Once they where glued up it took me about 30 minutes to finish one. The Dymond wood polishes up to a glass like finish so I didn’t bother to put a clear finish on top.

I already have new people asking for them next year. 🙂

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My First Bowl

My First Bowl

I am taking a few baby steps with turning bowls and boxes now. This is my first bowl out of a piece of bocote. Its a very simple design, but the grain and color were so gorgeous that I really didn’t want to do anything to distract from it.

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An Organic Space Pen

An Organic Space Pen

I have a friend that is obsessed with something called a “space pen.” It’s a pen that uses a special pressurized ink cartridge originally designed to write in zero-G. The pen gives a very consistent line and has become a bit of a fetish item in a number of online communities, with people paying anywhere from $20 – $80 per pen.

My friend has asked me on a few occasions if I could make him a wooden space pen, but there aren’t any commercial kits available. The cartridge itself is quite a bit shorter than a standard cartridge and doesn’t fit any kind of twist or push mechanism that I was able to find.

This past weekend, I picked up a classic pen kit (PKPAR-RCGP) from woodturningz.com and decided to give it a try. With a few modifications it worked just fine.

I had to cut down the pen tube to allow for the size difference in refill cartridges, which was no big deal. The space pen also has a slightly fatter tip, so I had to remove a bit of metal inside the tip of the pen casing so that the refill poked out far enough to look right. Since the spring that comes with the kit is too large, I also added a small rubber washer at the back of the refill housing to insure that the refill didn’t wobble when it was being used.

The wood is a simple rosewood. The pen is a nice size for sticking in a pocket when it’s closed. When you ope it up it makes a nice full sized pen. Overall I am pretty pleased and I will be looking for a few way to perfect this in the long term.

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To everything turn, turn, turn….

Long time no post… Let’s see.. Finished my master’s project and graduated from Georgia Tech. My Grandmother caused a bit of a family commotion when she decided, at the tender age of 90, that if no one was going to drive her to my graduation, she would just drive herself. She is a pretty amazing lady. She managed to work my sister into the ground doing some yard work the last time they visited. I am very proud to be her grandson.

The graduation ceremony was a bit insane. It started at 9am, with the grads needed to be there an hour and a half in advance. I am told it lasted until noon. I however, did not. I stuck it out until around 11 or so and then could not take it any more. They really need to do a mass graduation next time or split the masters and the undergrads. My deepest thanks to mom, Jim, dad, Aunt Mary, Uncle Bill, Grandma and Kim who stuck it out with me. You guys are great.

After graduation, I needed an new hobby, so I bought a wood lathe (Thanks mom and Jim). To start with I am just making small stuff like pens, but it’s very relaxing and I enjoy it. Take a look

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