Tonight LOML started looking though my turned pieces looking for something suitable to put paper clips in on her desk as the office. About then, it dawned on me that I'd ordered a couple of magnetic rings for paper clip holders, then forgotten about them in a drawer in the shop. So I told my dear lady not to fret...I had things under control.
Flame box elder is her favorite wood, and I just happened to have a nasty-looking piece of it that was too small for a bowl or hollow form, but it looked like it might work for what LOML had in mind. Turns out it was real wormy (with real worms, too, but they were kinda motion sick by the time I dug them out of their little houses). Still, it had some neat color, a little bark inclusion, and it turned nicely. I drilled the bulk of the inside out with a pair of Forstner bits, then hollowed the inside to match the outside profile. The magnet ring is glued with epoxy.
Turned and sanded in about 15 minutes, with about another 15 minutes playing around building up Myland's friction polish and buffing it. With the exception of a few pens, I've been turning only large pieces lately, so it was nice to get something done that didn't require hours and hours of work. I may see if these will sell at the shows. I have another ring, so if time permits, I'll turn one before my next show. If it sells, I'll order more rings.
And the results...nothing fancy, but it should do the trick. Little goodies like this please my wife as much or more than the more impressive (at least to me) pieces.
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Comments, questions, and snickering are all welcome.