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    A Few Quick and Dirties

    I spent the last couple weeks before the Malibu show getting my stock of small, inexpensive pieces built up. Here are three magnetic paper clip bowls I finished up last week. After shaping the outside, I remove most of the inside with a Forstner bit, then enlarge it with hollowing tools. (The Ci1 carbide cutter is excellent for this, either freehand or in the Monster rig.) I leave the walls thick for weight, but get rid of the hole from the point of the drill bit and round the bottom corners of the inside. All of them have what I'd consider a gallery-quality buffed lacquer finish. After working on bigger things for the last while, these were a breeze to finish.

    Dye and limed ash, too glossy to get a good profile pic:

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    Carob:

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    Curly maple with black, red, and honey amber dye:

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    These are comparable to making low-end pens in terms of time and cost, but a bit more flexible in regards to size and form.

    Questions, comments and suggestions are welcome...
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    Vaughn great work as always. I really like the dyed ash. To me the shorter one seems like it wouldn't get knocked around as much when getting the paper clips off it.If that makes cents.(to early in the am to think)
    Steve

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    Good job on all them and im sure they will sell well.................
    Question - can you explain in more detail how you did your finishes ?

    I always like to hear about how others are applying their finishes..............thanks Dan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mosley View Post
    ...Question - can you explain in more detail how you did your finishes ?...
    Pretty simple and basic. The dyed ones got four or five coats of spraycan lacquer, hand-rubbed between every couple coats with white synthetic steel wool to remove the dust nibs, then buffed with Don Pencil's PL compound, followed by a thin coat of Renaissance wax, buffed off with a clean wheel. The carob piece got the same routine, except it got a coat of Formby's Tung Oil finish before the lacquer. (And I let the Formby's cure a few days before I hit it with the lacquer.)
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    I like these pretty an functional.. The middle one would be my pick.

    Garry

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    I like them all, but that black one really stands out to me. Great job!
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    I like them all, but that black one really stands out to me. Great job!
    I have to agree with you Darren. Great Stuff Vaughn.
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    Vaughn I just never get tired of seeing your great work. You got the word "form" down pat. No doubt there is an artist designer in you. I can never choose only one. Like a kid in a Candy store.
    cheers

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    Those are really impressive. Simple thing like a paper clip holder turned into works of art.

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    Really cool. I have made some of those but they were flatter with the magnet in the center. Where did you get the rings?

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