Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 308: Citrus?

Bernie came over this morning with a piece of wood wanting to know what I'd do with it.  It was a piece of Citrus, probably Grapefruit and was an end grain crotch piece approx 17" across, 11" wide, and 8-10" thick.  I suggested cutting it in half to produce to reduce the thickness to 4-5" and then turning it end grain into a natural edge platter.  It didn't take long to realize that the piece was too big for Bernie's lathe and he was having trouble visualizing the finished piece so we decided to get together tonight to turn it on my lathe.

It took a little over 2 hours to get to this point.  It's not done yet, we still need to sand and finish the inside and remove the tenon but the vast majority of the work is done.

It's definitely thicker than I'd like but the piece was extremely dry and had multiple deep cracks that still have me somewhat worried so it's going to remain approx. 3/4" thick.

Bernie is coming back over tomorrow night to finish it off.  With any luck it will hold together long enough to get it finished.

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