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    Just Some Plain Ol' Maple

    I showed a sneak preview of this one a while back. It's some wood I got from Robert Mickley's firewood pile. I'm pretty sure it qualifies as "curly" maple. It finished up at about 18" x 14" x 3 1/4". The walls are about 1/2" thick. Finish is Antique Oil and lacquer, buffed. The pics don't really show the full depth of the grain, but it's definitely the wildest maple I've ever turned. You should have seen the smile on my face as I buffed this one out. Not much else to say other than I definitely need wider backdrop.

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    Hey Vaughn.............

    YOU SUCK!

    NICE wood.......... oh yeah, you REALLY need a larger backdrop......I would have thought one would have come with the piles of stuff you ordered with the Mustard....

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    Thumbs up

    At first glance I thought that you'd carved it rough with a chainsaw.

    With grain like that the biggest challenge has go to be gettng a decent photo that does the wood justice. I really envy you guys the wood that you et over there. We'd have to pay premium prices for stuff like that.

    Is that type of grain particularly hard to turn as it seems to be all over the place?


    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete MoncrieffJury View Post
    ...Is that type of grain particularly hard to turn as it seems to be all over the place?...
    It cut pretty cleanly with sharp tools, but I did have a few isolated tearout problems that I had to sand my way out of. I have quite a few hours of sanding alone in this one, since the wild wood seems to show scratches more readily. I kept working my way through the grits, only to discover scratches I'd missed earlier, so I'd go back to about 180 or 220 and work my way back up to 600. I'm learning the big pieces take a long time to sand with a 2" random orbital sander. It may be time to move up to a 3" pad for my Grex sander.

    Stu, the new backdrop has been on the to-do list for a while...just need to get around to ordering it.
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    good save from a firey death. I would like to see that one in person.Good work!

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    Great looking pieces Vaughn. They do look like they have been carved some way. Really nice looking. Well done.
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    Well worth the sanding effort Vaughn, it's a beauty, nature never tires of creating a new wonder to discover.

    I know the frustration of sanding scratches hiding till the last minute, as you say nothing for it but to go back to the beginning again.
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    Looks curly to me. Shame it wasn't used for a rifle stock.
    You could bring out that figure with acid treatment.
    Fine looking piece.

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    Usually plain old maple holds little interest for me but in this case I will make an exception.

    Vaughn, this is not plain but it is lovely. I like the shape and the color. Mighty nice work even for something "plain".
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

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    Vaughn...plain beautiful was the thought that came into my feeble mind. Great form and finish.....the wood is spectacular.
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