Keeping in touch January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Jim Beebe sent in some pictures of his recent work.


The first one is a Maple burl with a wipe on poly finish.  

The other two are my first attempt at making a tapered beveled vessel.  I spent more time figuring out how to make the cuts and the making the jigs to do the cutting than I did turning the vessel. That was the easiest part.  I used 16 segments of European Beech and then inserted 1/4” thick pieces of Padauk between them.  The hardest part of the process was glueing 32 pieces together into a cone shape all at once.  I had to make a donut clamping jig to clamp it all together.  Miraculously, the joints turned out almost perfect.  When I first looked inside the vessel, it reminded me of an octopus.  So, being a staunch James Bond fan, I have named it Octopussy.  The finish is Watco oil, but I will probably use a spray lacquer for the final finish. One more note:  Padauk bleeds into open grain wood (such as Beech) so if I do another one, I will probably use Maple as the light colour and something other than Padauk for the inserts.

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