Monday, December 21, 2009

Cutting Boards

With Christmas creeping up on us I was asked to make a couple cutting boards. Thankfully I had the cutting boards roughed out already, so I just needed to finish them up! here's the final look.

The cutting board is made of curly maple and walnut. The finish is a very easy rubbing of mineral oil. The board measures approx 17"x10.5"x1.5".

I'm really excited to see how the curly maple looks, it just adds that much more dazzle to the cutting board!

I think I might have to add the cutting boards to my Etsy store after the start of the new year.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Segmetned Christmas Tree Ornament

After completing the Segmented Vessel, I decided I'd make the segments on my next piece a little thinner than the 3/4" previously used. Since we are all in the Christmas spirit, I thought I'd make a new ornament for our tree this year. The segments in this piece are 1/4" thick, and this piece includes a total of 92 segments.

Here's the before picture of the ornament blank glued up on the lathe.

After turning, sanding and the first coat of wipeon polyurethane, here's the end result. I'm pretty happy with how this piece came out. I expect this piece will require six or seven coats of polyurethane like the segmented vessel did. Once I get the finish complete, I'll work on getting some additional (a.k.a. better) pictures posted. Oh, and the ornament is about 3-1/5" in diameter. It's also hollow, I drilled out the segmented layers as I did the glue-up.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

A New Blog

I would like to take a minute to introduce you to a new blog I will be doing in conjuction with the Woodworking Dungeon. The blog is titled "An Etsy Favorite" and each posting in this series will focus on a specific Etsy store that I find particularly interesting. I will also include an example or two of what it is about the store that I find so intriguing. Be sure to visit and follow along as each new shop is revealed!

I'd like to point out that I am recieving no sort of commission or other form of benefit from the stores that I will be show casing. The sole purpose of this new series is to simply show off the very talented people that I have found since I started my own Etsy store.

If you have not heard of Etsy or have not taken the time to look around at what is offered there, I highly recommend that you do. If you aren't sure where to begin, you can use my Etsy store as a starting place!