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In The Shop At TCOG (WIP Photos)

Discussion in 'T's Custom Outdoor Gear' started by T. Pollock, May 9, 2017.

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    Yeah it's a little hard to tell from the blanks when they've just been rough cut/milled with a chainsaw but I tried to pick the one I thought had the best looking grain in it.
     
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    Cherry log milling this morning. I desperately need a bigger saw! It probably takes me twice as long as it would with a bigger more powerful saw. These photos don't show nearly all the milling but it prob took me 2 hrs to mill up this one 8' log.

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    Shot what hopefully will be the last coat of Lacquer on the little walnut burl bowl yesterday. She'll dry for 2-3 days and then I'll wet sand it. I think it turned out to be a really pretty bowl. I'm learning more and more though that the old wood turner's motto "Life's too short to turn shitty wood" is very true! I spend waaay more time repairing natural flaws (cracks & voids) and finishing one like this than if it was a good solid piece of wood.

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    Still working on the big burl, it was in worse shape than the other two!
     
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    Any of you guys happen to have photo editing software to be able to put two photos together in one frame?

    Finished the last of the walnut burls today. Wish I had thought to get a photo of the 3 burls together but It would be nice to have a couple of these before & after photos put together (whatever that's called) into one.

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    Checked the big maple bowl today after 8 days bagged in the wet shavings and it's at 23% MC. Takes forever to safely dry something this big. Going to remove it from the shavings now and put it on the cool damp floor for awhile and hope for the best. :51:

    Full sized bic in the bottom of the bowl for size reference, she's a whopper! :dblthumb: Biggest bowl I've turned so far at 10-3/4" x 4-1/2" deep.

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    I've never done a natural edge (bark left on the rim) bowl before and wanted to give one a try. The bark itself had long since falling off this section but you'll still see the inner bark on the edge. This is from one of the cherry crotch sections above and should have some nice feather grain in the bottom of the bowl. This is as far as I got this morning before going horizontal for a few hours.
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    I've got to decide whether to fill the cracks in the top edge with epoxy or leave it for the all natural look. I enjoy a challenge and trying different things and this was just something I hadn't done yet. I didn't do a great job lining up the high and low spots of the edge but it's not an easy thing to do.

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    Looks to have some great potential!
     
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    Thanks bud, I think so too & hope so but we shall see. :) That's a big part of the fun of turning, watching to see what a piece of wood reveals inside.
     
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    Thanks for taking us along for the ride!
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    The prototype Birch Staksa :4: (stabilized kuksa) :3: has been in the oven drying all day and should be about ready to go in the vacuum chamber for stabilizing. We shall see how she turns out. BTW it's at 70 grams right now.

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    Oh you're welcome brother, thanks for riding along!
     
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    Got a little more done last night on the natural edge cherry bowl.

    I was seriously considering not filling the cracks and just leaving everything as natural looking as possible but as I started getting deeper into the bowl the cracks began to open up farther. I know from experience that having chunks of wood flying at your head at between 2,000 - 4,000 rpm is no fun :3: so I stopped the lathe and started filling the cracks with wood dust and CA glue.
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    As an added precaution I taped the rim with electrical tape.
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    Almost there. Nearly went too thin on the bottom center so it was marked with a pencil so I could be sure not to take anymore off there.
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    Ta-da... made it to the bottom without the bowl exploding... which is always a good thing! :dblthumb:
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    Tape removed and doing more filling of the cracks.
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    Currently at 13 hours of pulling vacuum on the staksa. It's hard for me to believe that something thinner than 1/8" could possibly have that much air in it! Very few bubbles now though, the weight has been removed & it no longer floats so it should be close.

    Told the wife these photos reminded me of wilder days with Lava lamps and rooms filled with a strange smelling smoke for those of you old enough to know/remember what a lava lamp is. :4:
    Very interesting & intriguing to me to watch the process, or maybe I"m just easily amused. :3:
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    You use a milling chain Bud?

    Cant wait to see how the kuksa turns out
     
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    Do you mean a ripping chain on my saw? If so, no sir I just use a regular chain. I guess the direction I cut perhaps may not technically but called milling. I cut from the side grain rather than the end like mills typically do. I've heard it referred to as noodling? Much easier on the saw since I don't mill dimensional lumber just turning blanks.

    I know, I want to take it out of the tank so bad I can't hardly stand it! :4: It's gotta soak till 10 am tomorrow though, then go in the oven to be cured.
     
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    yes ripping chain, you might find it beneficial for sawing with the grain. Conventional chain is filed to 35 degrees to cut across the grain VS 10 degrees to cut with the grain. Just a thought
     
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    Cool, I may give one a try sometime. I asked my local dealer about them once and he said they didn't stock them so I'd have to order one online.
     
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    Did some Heavy Duty :3: turning last night. I've got some 2" webbing that I'm making some lifting slings out of and need to sew the loops together on them. My new stitching awl (I hate the speedy stitcher version!) only came with one bobbin and it's loaded with light weight black thread. I didn't want to have to un-spool all of the black to reload it with heavier thread so I decided I'd just turn me a new bobbin. :dblthumb: It's 1" x 3/4" with a 1/8" axle/spindle hole.

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    Here's the Staksa after taking out of the vaccum chamber and wrapping in foil, ready to go in the oven for the curing process.

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    After curing for 1-1/2 hours at 200deg.
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    Sometimes it doesn't "look" like the wood is saturated well enough, but once you begin sanding it becomes clear right quick that the wood fibers are full of the resin by the white (plastic if you will) sanding dust rather than typical wood dust.
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    Everything was going along great.... until I dropped it, watched it bounce off several things and picked it up to realize the fall had cracked it! :eek: :mad:
    This one is however a test piece not only for the stabilizing but also to see just how thin is feasible without it being too weak. Lessons learned. :)
     
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    The Staksa :3: after sanding to 400.

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    Since the resin is clear, after stabilizing you can still see just how thin this kuksa is by the light passing through.
    It may not be practical but for a wood turner I think the ability to turn something this thin is super cool! :dblthumb:
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    I may be partial since I made it... but to me this thing turned out absolutely beautiful! There is NO FINISH on this, it's simply stabilized... sanded and waxed. I'll be drinking a hot cup of coffee out of this Bad Boy Staksa tonight. :dblthumb:

    These are just cell phone pics taken inside the shop with poor lighting.

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    PS. The finished weight ended up being 140 grams so it exactly doubled in weight from the stabilizing.
     
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    That's a beaut!
     
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    wow; that is really something!
     
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    Many thanks fellas!
     
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    Not in the shop or a WIP photo but first cup of joe in the Staksa.

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    No leaks and good to the last drop. :dblthumb:
     
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    hello,
    Brother Tim whoo hoo.. AWESOME job BTW. :)
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    Thanks bro! The next Staksa won't be quite this thin, it's definitely too fragile to take to the woods but it was a fun experiment none the less.
     
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    have to say i love watching your work.
     
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    Thanks brother, I appreciate you following along!
    I've thought about doing some videos but just haven't gotten it done yet.
     
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    No turning the last few days. Been trying to get the log lot cleaned up, working a little while of the morning and of the evening right before dark while it's cooler. All the older logs are now bucked up but lots of milling to do to get it all into blanks. What you see stacked on the blocks is the large maple I was recently gifted.

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    Old maple logs in the foreground were cut up and mostly only made firewood. I was only able to salvage a couple of blanks from these. They don't last anytime at all if left on the ground.
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    About 1-1/2 rick of wood I've given away from milling and logs the were too far gone to get any blanks from.
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    New milling stand made and milling area set up in a new spot where I will be in the shade of the mornings.
    Cherry and Sycamore in this shot ready to be milled.
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    These two maple stumps came from a large tree that use to be in my front yard and had to be cut.
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    Over exposed but to give a size reference of the two stumps the bar on the new saw (MS661 Magnum) is 24". Sold the old saw to my SIL to help purchase this one. She's a HOSS! :dblthumb:
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    After all of this Harvey the Hurricane crap is over with can you come cut up a bunch of trees for me?
     
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    Wish I could bud!
     
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    Haha, stay smart and stay away
     
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    @Hoof where you at? I don't have much going on...
     
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    Thanks Adam, but we're good here. No trees down, only been a little wind so far, mostly just rain. I was just picking on Tim and he believed me because he's the kind of man that wants to help a friend, like you.
     
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    Stay safe brother, I'll be glad when all this mess is over with!
     
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    Probably not many people that get all excited about wood like me LOL but I'll share these photos anyway just in case there are any other wood nuts out there. :dblthumb: Milling/processing wood for me is like opening a box of Cracker Jacks looking for the prize. Or like eating a box of chocolates, as Forrest said... "You never know what you gonna get". :4:

    These (accept for the burl) are from the big maple trunk I shared photos of above.

    Some very nice spalting around the sapwood and some nice figure in these pieces.
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    This crotch actually has 3 piths and should make some very interesting grain patterns.
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    Some rare red spalting.
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    Sometimes it's a challenge to decide how to cut up a piece especially a burl to be able to make the best use of what you have.
    The huge maple burl has 2 big voids that have to be worked around but I don't want to waste anything and want to get the best yield from the burl. Gotta do something soon with this though as I'm having a hard time keeping the ants off of it.
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    The last couple of days the narc has been rough and I wasn't able to do any work but today I felt better and this natural edge cherry crotch bowl was dry enough to sand out so I tackled it. Sanded to 600 and the first coat of tung oil applied but not wiped back off yet in these photos. My first natural edge bowl btw, I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not but I think it looks pretty cool. It's roughly 7.5x4 but I don't know the capacity yet.

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    I really like that natural edge. Very cool.
     
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    Thanks bro! I want to do one sometime that still has the bark on it. It'll be the right time to harvest some wood for natural edge bowls here soon.
     
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    Well hey, I have a burl that is still greenish from that maple at my house that I have been meaning to bring to you. The bark is still on it.
     
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    Cool, bring her by and we'll give it a try. I'll let you turn it if you'd like. :dblthumb:
     
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    Finally got up the nerve yesterday to put the saw to the big maple burl. This is what she made in blanks.

    The huge voids I had to work around and decide the best cuts for the most yield and best blanks.
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    First round of cuts.
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    Second round of cuts to get to final rough blank shape/size. Of course they'll go to the bandsaw from here.
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    It may not look like much in the photos but this was a pretty good sized burl, roughly 1' thick by 2' wide by 3' length. It should make 2-3 nice bowls and hopefully some really nice knife scales.
     
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    Working on stabilizing the mulberry burl scales from the wood I won In a recent GAW.

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    And I've got several nice spalted maple scales ready to stabilize if I ever figure this stabilizing crap out. :33: :confused:

    Dried these at 250 deg for 24 hrs and being only 1/2" thick I know they didn't have any moisture left in them. I weighed them carefully numerous times until they were losing no more weight and then dried them for several more hours.
    Pulled vacuum on them for 29 hrs before all the air bubble stopped rising. Left them to start the 58 hrs of soak time last night and when I went to the shop this evening to my horror they were still floating! :mad: Got the vacuum started again but I have no idea what the heck is going on with the stabilizing. I'm doing everything everyone in the business says to do but I'm still having problems.

    The spalted maple scales and one maple burl scale in wait.

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    Turned some pace beads today for CuriousLearner and a cherry carve-a-kuksa.

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    The big maple bowl I started to gift the gentleman that let me harvest the tree had dried down to about 7% MC with lots of TLC and encouragement :3: So I put it back on the lathe yesterday to finish turning it (this is what's referred to as twice turning).
    I knew it had warped a good bit during drying... but man was I surprised just how much once I put it back on the lathe. I know it'll be hard to tell how much from some of the photos but I thought I'd share anyway just in case anyone was interested in just How Much Wood Actually Moves.

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    Approx 3/4" of movement/warping during drying.
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    Check out the warp on this bad boy!
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    In this photo I'm just starting to get the warp out of the inside. Where the arrow is (almost to the bottom!) is almost flush but the opposite side is still about 1/4" off
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    An otherwise beautiful & perfect piece of maple just had to have a loose knot in the bottom of it.
    Personality/Character they say... I say... Arghhhhhhhh! :mad:
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    After 3-4 hrs worth of sanding (A combination of the large & deep size & the walls being too thin to use very much pressure made it take so long) I got it sanded out to 600 grit and applied the first coat of 100% Pure Tung Oil.

    Super nice grain/figure in this one including some quilted (three-dimensional which unfortunately you can't see in the photos)!
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    The reversed profile (from the normal) concave outside as opposed to convex made for one heck of a challenge! But I do love a good challenge when it comes to my work, that's how ya grow & improve. I hope he'll enjoy it and be as proud of it as I am.
     
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    I will keep my eye out for burls when I an cutting wood this year.
     
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