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Thread: Cedar Sunflower

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    Cedar Sunflower

    Decided to try something I've never done before - a piece to hang on a wall. A friend said it made him think of a sunflower, so I'm stickin' with it.

    Vaughn told me to paint it green and fill in the voids with red glitter... but I decided to seal it up good with dewaxed shellac and then use some antique oil on it (thanks Vaughn ).

    I had several Cedars in my yard that got some type of disease and they all died. This is the base of the stump from one of those trees.

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    Nice job Mark do you still have all your fingers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Cothren View Post
    ...Vaughn told me to paint it green and fill in the voids with red glitter...
    You gotta admit it would have looked just right for Christmas.

    I really like the way it came out, Mark. I'll bet when it was spinning that piece of wood sounded like a herd of Sopwith Camels.
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    That is really special. I love the natural look. Hope you have strong walls, I should imagine it's pretty heavy.

    Pete

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    to me it looks like it could use a small clock in it with some gold numbers. i really like it.
    steve

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    Yep, couldn't spin this piece too awful fast being out of balance like it was. I think about 600rpm was about all I could do. It definitely made some noise while spinning!

    Pete, the piece is extremely light for the size. The piece stands about 2" when laid flat, but it is slightly dished out, which is hard to tell from the pictures. I'm going to guess the average thickness is around 3/4" or so.
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    Very interesting. Yep, it would be a challenge to turn.
    About what diameter is it?
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    nice work mark, now how are you gonna keep it from checking? in my expeiernce with end cuts they have always checked..or is cedar better in that respect?
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    BUT, will it hold guacamole? Beautiful work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Rodekohr View Post
    BUT, will it hold guacamole? Beautiful work
    I would think the cedar would make the quacamole taste funny
    but it would definitely take care of Vaughn's suggestion of painting it green


    Being a redneck, I might have to have somebody hold my beer before I try to turn one of those... beautiful piece and know it will look good on the wall.
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