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    I Got A Rush Order......

    A while back, we were in Ikea, or Tokyo Interior, and my lovely wife found one of these "Kitchen Caddy" things, similar to this......

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    Well, there were several kinds, and some of them looked like they belonged outside with a plant in them. Then we saw the prices Holy cow, that much money for a crappy pot

    Then I did the smart thing I put my mouth into gear without even thinking and before I could stab myself in the leg I said "I could make one a LOT nicer than that for a LOT cheaper......"

    Now admit it, some of you guys have done the same thing before...... right?

    That was a while ago, and last week, my lovely wife said to me.....

    ..."Where is that kitchen caddy you said you would make....?"

    Off to the Dungeon I went

    I picked a piece of Keyaki I had on hand, the tree was standing dead when the arborist brought it down, and the wood had been sitting for about 18 months, so I figured it would be fairly dry, and it was!

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    I ended up having to lop off about 6" due to cracking, but I figured that would happen. That saw there, a "Sakimaru" (Willow Leaf Pattern Saw) is very sharp and designed to cut logs, but man, that Keyaki is HARD wood, after one cut, I'll admit, I changed to my little electric chainsaw

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    The outside 1" or so was fairly punky, so it had to go.......

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    ....... the piece is now mounted between centers and I used the Easy Roughing tool, at high speed, spit chips all over my shop, but man is that tool fast and easy

    I then turned a BIG tenon on it and mounted my Triton chuck with the huge bowl jaws on it......

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    Sure is pretty wood!

    Next up I started to shape it.........

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    ....that is the basic shape done. Next up the hollowing rig gets some time no the lathe......

    Cont.....
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    So far, the mess is only ankle deep

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    I used my nice sharp carbide tipped bit to get near to the final depth, I really like to hollow this way, much easier than fighting that little center nub all the way down.

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    I got the hollowing rig set up and 1/8" at a time had at it Took a little time, but this is all endgrain and the bit on the hollowing rig does a decent job, even if it is slow.

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    That is it basically done, all I had left to do was part it off, then remount it on my vacuum chuck and turn the bottom.

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    Here is the final product in it's new home.

    Emiko is thrilled

    Heck, even my daughter Mizuki liked it

    I left the sides thick, as this Keyaki is hard, and I also left about 1 1/2" on the bottom to give it heft so it is stable.

    Now I got to clean up....... where did I put that shovel

    Cheers!
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    Nice work, nice caddy. I would never make one of those for my wife. I know she would store knives in there....handles down.
    Hey! No wonder the caddy in the store was so expensive, it was imported from Mom's Kitchen in the U.S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    So far, the mess is only ankle deep
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    Now I got to clean up....... where did I put that shovel
    Don't you have a floor sweep for your DC? Seems like locating it near the lathe would be the thing to do...
    Nice pot, by the way.
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    That is really pretty. The wood is beautiful. Got to show that tao my wife, make it easier to convince here I need to replace my Nova 1624.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    Don't you have a floor sweep for your DC? Seems like locating it near the lathe would be the thing to do...
    Nice pot, by the way.
    I don't want to use my DC for the lathe clean up, I'd be emptying it every other day

    I run it while I'm turning or sanding, to pick up the light stuff.

    This kind of stuff, a coal shovel and a garbage bag is the best way to clean it up.


    Cheers!
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    Great pot Stu . This is one I did a few years ago out of some splated something or other from ebay.
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    Looks good Stu.

    I concur in not using the DC for picking up the bulk of the curlies. The last couple of pieces I've turned have been rather large chunks of ash, and each one would have filled my DC. Much easier to shovel most of it into the green bin for the City to pick up.
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    Nice looking Caddy, Stu. Finish looks great too. What did you use to finish it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad Madha View Post
    Nice looking Caddy, Stu. Finish looks great too. What did you use to finish it?
    Thanks!

    Sanded to #320, then sanding sealer rubbed in really well, hit that with some synthetic #600 scrubby pad, then just rattle can lacquer, simple and fairly bullet proof.
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