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    Butternut Chalice

    Our priest asked me to turn him a chalice and paten to celebrate mass on sundays. He puts wine and water in the chalice and drinks it during mass. The chalice is butternut(white walnut) and the paten is walnut. The box is oak and I used a Freaud box joint table saw blade to make the box joints. This blade is amazing and cuts perfect finger joints. I finished with several coats of semi gloss poly. Had trouble finding stuff to make the box, since WoodCraft in Pittsburgh closed down. Don't know if this is the nicest turning I ever turned but it is the turning that made me the most proud since father asked me to turn it for him. Mitch
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    I dunno if it's the nicest piece you've turned, but it's sure the nicest one of yours I remember seeing. Great job on the turning, and great job on the box, too. (I agree with you on the Freud box joint blade set. It rocks.)

    You have very good reason to be proud of this project, Mitch. I'm betting it'll be treasured for a long time.
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    That chalice is beautiful, Mitch as is that box. I love box joints and you did a great job on yours.
    Cody


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    Vaughn
    Thank you for the kind words and coming from a man that knows his way around a lathe as well as You do I take the reply as high praise. Thanks. Your right about the Freaud blades they are the best system I ever used. Just make a simple jig and set up and go. Mitch

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    Cody
    Thank you Cody. Appreciate it. I was just looking at your recent post and liked the great vases you turned. Vases are what I spend most of my time turning. Think I am a little burned out with vases though, can't get a good idea lately. Your right about box joints though I love making them. Mitch

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    Great work. IMHO I understand why the priest asked for it, he knew that what he was going to get would not deceive him.

    After all nobody knows in what sort of material they drunk on the last supper, but for sure it wasn't gold and I think that wood or clay are more likely materials.
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    Toni
    Interesting theory and your probably right at that. I want to thank you for the kind reply. Mitch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    Great work. IMHO I understand why the priest asked for it, he knew that what he was going to get would not deceive him.

    After all nobody knows in what sort of material they drunk on the last supper, but for sure it wasn't gold and I think that wood or clay are more likely materials.
    Toni, I believe you are absolutely correct. Michael got some negative comments on another fourm because of his choice of material. Sad.
    As we say in the south, "He dun gud". Beautiful work.

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    Mitchell that is perfect. You did good.

    As far as negative comments on the material tell them to send you a bar of gold and you will be happy to turn it out of that.

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    Mitchell,
    That looks great and I like the detail! Keep up the good work!!!

    The box is also well done! Box joints are my favorite.

    John

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