Discussion in 'T's Custom Outdoor Gear' started by T. Pollock, May 9, 2017.
Would just be for home. I have a strange wooden tableware fetish!
From what I've seen from other wood turners apparently a lot of people buy them just for art. I'm kinda strange I guess as I only enjoy making things that are going to be used. Every time I see a photo of something I made in use I get giddy like a little school girl. Those photos make all the headaches of making things worthwhile!
Yup my wife uses a couple of kuksa for her weaving stuff. Much more attractive than some plastic junk
I understand completely. I'm the same
I'll try to make a couple bowls when I can work some in to get an idea of how long it takes to make one and see if there's much interest, if not the wife will be happy to confiscate them.
Working a batch of 3 this time. Honey Locust, Cedar and White Ash. I'll make these available all at the same time once finished.
The PITA threading.
Depth guide cuts
Made a tapered drill bit tonight for the female NPT threads. It helped but the PVC is still a pain in the @$$ to thread.
I may just go back to threading the wood rather than doing the PVC insert. Brass is too dang expensive and iron is too heavy and would rust.
Working on some design changes for the YoYo reels. Slightly smaller dia, wider reel with 1/4" wider groove, and thinking about lowering the front lip to help prevent missing the reel when reeling in especially with a fish.
Oh btw this one is spalted birch.
Thank you brother! I made some more changes and will post some new photos here shortly once I get them uploaded.
More changes/updates to the cuban YoYo design that I think will make this version even better than the first. Special thanks again to @dub for his fantastic, detailed & thorough review of the original prototype.
I lowered the front lip 1/4" (lower than the back) and I believe this will make reeling in much easier as a thumb or a finger can ride against the back lip/wall to help guide the line into the reel. I also drilled 6 holes around the back (original only had one) wall for attaching the hook either by placing the hook itself in the hole or putting a loop of line through the hole and then pulling the line through the loop. These holes are also larger than the original, it had a 1/8" hole and these are 5/32". This one is a little more than 1/2" smaller in dia. and it's 1/4" wider than the original which gives a channel/groove of 3/4".
dub thought the original prototype was great, so this one ought to be totally awesome dudes!
Worked on roughing out some Carve-A-Kuksa blanks today. Two cherry and one spalted maple. The photos below show some of the many steps that go into even starting a kuksa from a raw blank.
I don't normally cut my blanks into quarters but for whatever reason on these two cherry blanks I did. That meant six extra cuts on the table saw (to square these up) that I don't normally have to do.
Center lines drawn on the ends.
Then transferred to the top and bottom.
Then where I want the center of the bowl is measured from the end and marked top & bottom.
Compass/divider used from the marked center to layout the outer rim of the bowl .
Outer lines for the handle measured from the drawn center line and marked.
All laid out and no place to go.
The Cherry one I finished roughing out today has some really nice grain and will be available in the sales thread.
After many cuts on the table saw & band saw here's what the blanks look like when ready to go on the lathe.
And what they look like when all the lathe work is done.
Wet to make the grain pop (show up) for the photos.
Forgot to mention one of the biggest reasons for the nice grain pattern in this one is that I had to turn it in the opposite orientation (bottom toward pith) from what I normally do due to the quartered blank shape.
As Forest said... "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get". Well it's the same with turning spalted wood. Some of the prettiest pieces are some of the most risky to turn. This bowl was going to be a gift for my daughter until I ran into a massive rotten hole in the middle of it... all that work for nothing! All that could be seen from the outside was a small knot.
More hobo reels in the works. Elm, Cedar, Ash, maple, black locust & cherry. Three of the six have the inserts installed (but not tapped/threaded yet) and the caps made for them, the other three are simply rounds ready to start on.
Made this bowl from Cherry as a gift for my daughter. It's 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"
More pics here: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...jects-photo-thread.196305/page-2#post-3409751
Wow, that's a nice one
Thank you brother! The daughter was certainly happy with it when I gave it to her today... she looked like this... LOL
Working on a custom Hobo Reel for @PERRO from Ebony with a brass insert and thought he as well as perhaps others might enjoy some WIP photos. I had thought about possibly going to brass for the female insert rather than pvc on all my reels, all I can say is... NEGATIVE!
It's purdy but it's a nightmare to re-drill and re-thread in order for the male npt (which isn't suppose to bottom out) fitting to bottom out so that the O-ring seals against the reel.
This is the first Ebony I've ever worked with and man... this stuff is hard & dense!
Kinda like me, hard (headed) and dense.
Just too bad you aren't as pretty as that looks... lol!
A lot of things I is... but purdy ain't one of 'em!
Got a couple of new texturing tools in today and practiced with them for just a minute on these 3 little discs/medallions/what-cha-ma-call-its.
Finished up the Custom Ebony Hobo Reel for @PERRO today but I'll have to get some better photos tomorrow.
This thing is beautiful, my photography skills are just not worth a crap!
They were just taken with a cell phone inside my shop with poor lighting, I guess some excuse is better than none right. LOL
Hmmm I see buttons will you be doing a run I'm interested!
What size (diameter) buttons would you be interested in?
I'm getting a slow start today but I'll try to get some better photos this evening.
Was thinking bigger then a quarter smaller then a half dollar. Would be used for closing a belt pouch or used to close up a canvas bed roll or wool throw blanket.
Ah gotcha. I wasn't sure if you meant for something like a shirt/jacket or something larger. They would still need the sew holes in the center though right?
Here's some better (considering my lousy photography) photos of the Ebony reel for @PERRO One bad thing about it being so dark, every speck of dust that settles from the air shows up on it.
Personally I'd never be able to bring myself to take this one to the woods, it's just too dang pretty.
Thats " Darn " nice !! Its going to become an Heirloom Piece !!
I've got to use it, & catch some Fish
Yea 4 holes Awsome 3 holes ok 2 holes last choice.
Beautiful choice of wood! Good Luck and Happy fishing with it!
A quarter is 15/16" and a half dollar is 1 1/4" so these are 1 1/8" dia x 3/16" thick, with four 1/16" holes. Wood is maple and all have the same pattern.
Nice I like
Not much fun to make but I always enjoy a challenge when it comes to my work. If anyone was interested in having some buttons made the best I'd be able to do is $3.50 each. It took me at least 2 hrs to make these 7. Once made I stabilized them with CA glue (and it took a good bit of glue... which isn't cheap), which would just about be a must with wood this thin.
Baking/Drying a few sample scales in hopes my chamber will be in soon. I've never attempted to take any wood all the way to "0" % MC before so this is just a trial run to see how much warping, cracking. etc. I end up with from different sized pieces and different wood species. I've never heated wood up this hot before either nor for this long (at least 24 hrs @ 220 deg.) so I have no idea what I'll end up with. Fingers & toes crossed for good results.
17 hrs into the bake with no checks/cracks and only a little warping.
They don't call it Ironwood fer nuttin', lots of sharpening went on today!
I've always loved turning wood. It's amazing the difference it makes in the appearance of the wood grain just simply turning a square into a round.
Very pleased with the knife scale wood (spalted maple & walnut) drying results. 24hrs in the oven with very little warping and no checks/cracks. Since my chamber hasn't got here yet I double bagged them to prevent them from absorbing any moisture from the air until the chamber gets here and I can stabilize them. BTW all this wood was already acclimated before going into the oven, I wouldn't advise trying this with green wood.
Desert Ironwood... that's what I'm talkin' bout baby! LOL
Another beautiful piece, Tim!
Thank you brother! As soon as the Osage gets dry enough I'll get you fixed up.
Worked on tools today. Finished plumbing in my valve, vacuum gauge, filter and lines for my vacuum chuck and made a second chuck for the vacuum system.
Here's the system controls minus the pump mounted on the wall behind the lathe.
Back side of the new 12" chuck. My stabilizing chamber still hasn't got here yet so I had to stabilize this piece of beech with CA glue so the vacuum couldn't suck air through the pores of the wood. I threaded the piece of beech and it screws directly onto my lathe spindle.
Front side ready for the adhesive to be applied that will hold the foam.
Foam attached and alignment lines added at 1" intervals.
Testing out the new chuck and control system with a spalted birch bowl I turned for the wife.
Here it is spinning at about 1500-1800 RPM and being held to the lathe with nothing but vacuum!
This bowl is fairly thin and the system works so well I was honestly afraid it would crush the bowl when I first turned it on, I had to open the valve to release/lower some of the vacuum pressure.
You can see the impression the bowl rim made in the foam long after releasing the vacuum and removing the bowl.
I've never turned a plate before so I decided I'd give one a go. When I processed/milled up the last of my birch logs I had previously cut I had two section of wood that had a lot of decay (and ants in them) so I left them outside the shop and didn't finish processing them. I had intended to move them to the scrap wood pile numerous times but I absolutely hate wasting "any" wood if there is any part of it I can salvage. Once again yesterday I started to scrap the two pieces but said what the heck, I'll finish processing them and just see if there is a tiny piece of it I can salvage for something. I wish I had taken a photo of this piece of wood before I started on it as it sure didn't look good enough to make anything from. I had hoped for a bowl but after cutting and turning away 95% of the chunk of wood to get rid of all the decay and voids what I ended up with is a 7" plate. To my pleasant surprise that old chunk of wood produced some beautiful quilted birch figured wood. The insect tracks and a check were filled with activated charcoal and CA glue. It's not finished yet but here's a few pics.
One completed today from cherry and one from birch I broke the tenon off of while turning, you can see the tenon still in the chuck and the chunk missing in the bottom of the kuksa from where the tenon use to be.
Unfortunately all the birch I processed recently (which was the last of my birch logs) is going to be too far gone (spalting too far along made it too soft) to make kuksas from unless I stabilize some of it. Thankfully it didn't get me when the tenon broke and it came off the lathe.
Sorry to hear about the failure, I hope it was at least a spectacular one
That's a scartch and dent item