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    Thistle Box for ...

    ....the snack lady.
    While the lathe was being cleaned off (stuff piled onto the table saw) for the swap project, this piece of burl stabbed me in the arm for the last time and got turned into a little box for the missus.
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    Yesterday, I mounted it between centers using a screw chuck into the burl end with a short enough hole that the screw bottomed out before the prickles on the cap got damaged. Roughed out the outside, added a tennon and then sawed off the burl cap with a thin kerf pull saw, leaving the screw attached to the cap for re-turning later. Mounted the bottom blank securely in the chuck and hollowed it out with the Kobra.
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    This burl has been dry for years and was hard as a rock. Cleaned up the inside with a heavy drop nose scraper and a sanding pad on the end of a forstner extension. A little lip will mesh with the top. Sanded to 360 and applied a coat of Watco natural.
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    Buffed it out today with tripoli, white diamond and Renaissance wax. I needed to cover up the hole made by the screw chuck and gave the missus a choice of burl or ebony. She liked the ebony one better. With all the burl in this I probably should have played with some Transtint dye, but it came out OK anyways.

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    Turned out roughly 6 3/4" wide and 8 1/2" high. I think it will see duty as an M&M container next to the snack lady's chair....just out of my reach. Thanks for looking.


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    WOW Ted, that's a keeper, Nice execution That top sets it off for sure.
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    That's amazing! Fantastic job on leaving the texture on the lid!
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    Now THAT's my kind of turning! Rustic, unusual, and beautiful all wrapped up in a nice neat package. How could you go wrong??? Great, Ted!!! Absolutely great!

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    Ted, Ted, Ted,,, that is just gorgeous! I mean, I mean GORGEOUS!
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    Very cool my kind of turning too. Way too good for M&M s you need chocolates in there that are in keeping with the woodworking and the wood.
    Would be a really nice jerky bowl and I don't mean that stuff sold at truck stops in plastic bags.


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    Ted...that is really nice. I like this one a lot. Well done. You should get "points" for this one for sure.
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    nicely done indeed. The screw chuck thought the burl is a winning idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    With all the burl in this I probably should have played with some Transtint dye, but it came out OK anyways.
    "OK" Seriously I'd have been scared to dye it because its clearly a winner without and experiments.. well.. yup...

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    Thank you all for the kind comments. It's hard to mess up beautiful wood.

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    That's sweet Ted!

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