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    Little turning for the commision

    For those who don't wander into the flatworks area I am doing a commision for all of the altar furniture for a new catholic church. If your interested in it you can ready about it in this thread. As part of the design I am incorporating a chalis and a communion host on the front of the altar. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	46031 I turned them both today. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	46032 The host will be bleached white and the chalice will be cut in half and gilded. I started to hollow the chalice but decided that it will be easier to mount if it is solid and no one will be putting anythiing in it anyhow. The host is 6" Dia and 1/4 thick, The chalis is 5 1/4" Dia and 9"tall. Both are made of soft maple.
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    Don, I don't know the relative hardness of what you class as soft Maple (not an abundant wood in UK) but would not a hard wood be more desirable for longevity against knocks etc. If it is anything like our Sycamore then it bruises easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chas Jones View Post
    Don, I don't know the relative hardness of what you class as soft Maple (not an abundant wood in UK) but would not a hard wood be more desirable for longevity against knocks etc. If it is anything like our Sycamore then it bruises easily.
    Chas,
    When I had finished turning it and was sanding it the screws on my face plate let go and it went flying, didn't even phase it. Besides, This will be mounted in a recess in the front of the altar so chances of it getting any abuse are very rare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    ...When I had finished turning it and was sanding it the screws on my face plate let go and it went flying...
    If you're losing pieces off a faceplate while sanding, then something is seriously wrong with the picture. Too short of screws, too much speed, too much pressure, or any combination thereof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    If you're losing pieces off a faceplate while sanding, then something is seriously wrong with the picture. Too short of screws, too much speed, too much pressure, or any combination thereof.
    Screws were to short, but I knew that going in My bad.
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    how smooth do you need the chalis to be to be guilded properly? wont be long and you will be a richer man don
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    Larry it will be very smooth after i am done preping it. I'll seal it witha shellac, then apply the undercoat, then the siezing, then the gilding.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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