Discussion in 'T's Custom Outdoor Gear' started by T. Pollock, May 9, 2017.
Looking great Brother! How did the makeshift kiln turn out?
After you finish that batch of bowls for your sister, if she doesn't claim them all and there's some extras leftover you'd be willing to sell off, I'd be good for up to three of them.
That box elder is really a pretty wood.
Thank you brother!
Thank you brother!
It was doing OK but I ended up making another one out in the shop that did better. Wet Box Elder doesn't have a pleasant smell so I moved them to the shop and made another one out of some old road signs. Same principle but I was able to close it up better to direct the heat and air across the bowls. Sorry I didn't think to take any photos of that setup. I picked up the old refrigerator I was given the other day and when all my parts get here I'll build a permanent one and will post photos of it. I really pushed the limits with these of how fast you can dry wood since these are for Christmas gifts. I didn't have any cracks (ones that go all the was through by my definition) but 4 of the 9 did have some minor checks (cracks that don't go all the was through by my definition ) in them. Different folks define checks and cracks differently hence my explanation.
Thank you brother! I should have some left. She started at 7 then dropped to 5, then this morning said 7 again. Arrrgh..... sisters.
It sure is. I'll be doing a GAW with some of the heartwood from the off cuts.
Tell me about it...
Headed back to the shop to try to get more work done on the bowls. Thanks for stopping by to take a look fellas.
Have a great evening guys!
Finally got all 7 of them finish turned and in sanding sealer. These will be used for display (fruit/candy/etc) they won't be utility bowls (used to eat out of) so they won't have a pure Tung Oil finish. The sanding sealer on them is shellac which is food safe & then they'll be finished with my own blend of danish oil which uses tung oil rather than BLO (which is in all manufactured danish oils). Even though they won't be used to eat out of I won't use BLO on anything that a person might put food in.
Now tons of sanding and then apply the finish.
PS. The other 4 bowls on the bottom of the rack are just some others I'm working on. Lovin' this rack I made out of two bathroom racks from wally world. These come with only 3 shelves (they're made to go over a toilet) so I bought two of them and drilled one for the other 3 shelves taken from the second rack. I'll use it for drying. When something is still fairly wet it will go on the bottom close to the floor where it's cooler and the humidity is higher. As things get drier they'll be moved up to a higher shelf where it's warmer and less humidity.
The Tennessee production line is quite busy and becoming more efficient.
Absolutely busy, not sure how efficient though. Me gots old timers or turtle syndrome one or the other.
Look in pretty good there WW...
Thank you brudda!
the lower right bowl is beautiful .I love the live edge. Any plans to have Kuksa kits coming up?
Thanks! Yep they're next in line as soon as I finish these bowls. IIRC I've got 4 people on the list for one.
Still having breathing issues from all the wood dust and with all these bowls to sand I decided to make me a sanding hood for the lathe. The really fine dust from sanding is far more harmful than what you typically get while turning so it's important to try to contain as much of it as possible. Still got the duct tape on it I used to hold it together & tight while the silicone dried.
Closeup of one of the Box Elder bowls while it was being sanded.
I got 3 of the 7 sanded out today and a coat of danish oil applied to them. 4 more to go before Ho ho ho.
I finally got the bowl order finished for my sister thank goodness! I absolutely hate being under the gun having to get an order finished by a certain date like that. With the narcolepsy it's practically impossible for me to promise a date for an order but I did this one only because it was for my sister.
For all of you who have requested an item made I'd like to offer my apologies that it has taken as long as it has to get to you. With my health issues I'm not always able to work and just have to do the best I can under my circumstances. If you've been wondering when I'll get to you here is the current list of folks that have requested something made (with the date it was requested) and I promise to get to each of you ASAP. I will of course get in touch with each of you when I begin working on your request.
11-10-18 - @KTMC - Hobo reel
11-18-18 - @Yellowbear79 - Bush Bottle
11-19-18 - @Stringer - Bush Bottle *traded for Danner boots*
11-23-18 - @operatord - 8-10 oz finished birch kuksa $100 - *Prepaid*
11-23-18 - @bradleybuckman - Carve-A-Kuksa 10oz cherry with long handle per PM
11-27-18 - @quietmike - ball loading block (by PM)
11-27-18 - @trumpetyelper - bush bottle
11-29-18 - @Arallu - 8-12oz carve-a-kuksa and spoon in Birch.
12-3-18 - @kronin323 - bowls left over from box elder bowl order.
Many thanks for your patience,
PS. As always there is never any obligation with me when you request an item made. If any of you change your mind about an item by the time I get to you it's no problem at all.
No worries brother on my end your work is always top notch imo and when your ready I can send a payment.i don't want to rush u or make u think I need it as soon as I pay.just send me a pm when your able and ready to start and we will go from there brother.
Thank you kindly brother! Everyone here has always been super understanding and patient, I just like to stay in communication with folks and keep them updated as much as possible. That's the main reason for this thread, so folks have an opportunity to actually see their item being made.
Looks like those bottles are a big hit... Awesome bro!!
Thanks brother! Me thinks they're super cool too.
They are super cool!!
How many leftovers did there end up being?
3 from this batch and I have two from a prior batch that I never finished. I'll get you some photos.
ETA: one of those 3 is the forensics bowl.
@kronin323 Here's the other two from a prior batch that I just never got around to finishing.
I'm anxious to get back to making them, especially the oak spirits bottles.
I always love seeing your work.
I cannot wait to see your oak spirit bottle... I may have to ask to buy one from you.. I really like the other bottle I got from you!! It is beautiful to say the least!! I also love seeing your work brother!! It is top notch!!
Thank you much brothers! I enjoy sharing the process and the end result with folks, for me it's part of the fun and I greatly appreciate you guys following along.
I'm going to try to start milling up that oak as soon as I can and get the kiln made to help get it dry enough to work with. I've never charred any wood before so that's going to be something new. I've been researching barrel making and the whole spirits aging process to learn as much as I can.
I am interested in learning more about wet sanding. My limited experience is with a knife handle project. While it benefitted from it, maybe I wasn't using the right type of sand paper, because sand particles (black it was) became embedded in the scales...
You just need to make sure it's wet/dry sandpaper. It will be labeled that way and it's for automotive use.
Finally completed the magnificent 7 with no time to spare. They're to be delivered tomorrow (which is about 5 min away and I just got done!) at 2 pm. I always take a slew of photos trying to get a few good ones but I'm too tired to try to figure out which of these are the best photos and which ones to delete so I'll just post them all.
First time using this finish, I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.
This one was my favorite so I had to get a close up of it.
I thought I should make note and let everyone know that list above won't be filled necessarily in the order that the list is in. Sometimes I have to wait for wood to dry enough to make a project, some have prepaid (and I always fill those first), some are waiting to pick a special piece of wood, etc.
I hope I worded that in a way that makes sense. With wood there's just some things a person can't completely control... like dry times.
Got this 10oz spalted Birch Kuksa started for @operatord
What a beauty As usual Tim! Thank You brother!
You're super welcome brother! I'll keep you updated on the progress. I actually got a good bit more done on it last night after I originally sent you the PM but before taking the photos I posted. A little more carving and more coats of tung oil and she'll be good to go.
Boy howdy brother, All these beautiful piece of wood art are very excellent... The bowls are awesome and that kuska is top notch!! WW strikes again!! Very nice work Tim!!
Wow, such beautiful work!
Many thanks brothers! I'm glad to be done with that bowl order and on to other things. Ever since the first one I've had bottle brain and I'll be glad to get back to them.
Some of you asked to see this CSI/Forensics bowl as I jokingly called it while I had it stuffed with toothpicks to fill the insect holes when it was finished. I hadn't really planned on selling this one but @kronin323 was in need of some bowls for Christmas presents so it got drafted for the order. Anyhow here she is finished guys.
12.5 oz spalted birch Carve-A-Kuksa in the works. This one is from a canceled order if anyone wants it. I'll post it in the sales thread once it's done.