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Laminated Celtic Knot Wooden Ring
Really great job. I have to ask thought as you didn't mention that I saw when you bent the even with the kerf cuts did you wet or steam wood?
Looks great. Steaming can be done without fancy equipment even just a small teapot or the like and a camp burner will get the job done. The wood will bend easier (not an issue in your case clearly) but further it will help the wood stay in that position with less stress.
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That is a gorgeous looking plane but I gotta wonder how durable and smooth that is going to be with black palm. It is so chippy. Anyway really pretty.
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Thanks. I thought you had seen this before.
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this is great!
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I will definately be looking at making this in the future. Great work Matt.
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I have to agree with the african blackwood as being nice to turn. They call it the wood of kings and I agree it is my favorite wood to turn (and I have turned a lot of them) sadly it is one of the most expensive woods too. The smell is really nice as well almost like baked goods kinda chocolaty. Some other woods you might want to try in the exotics are padauk, bocote, goncalo, and cocobolo. I have found that janka hardness is a measurement without much use when it comes to turning. It is really move for stuff like flooring. It measures compressive strength which isn't overly relevant. They use a ball bearing of a specific diameter and press it into the wood to a certain depth measure the pressure needed to do that. Since turning has more to do with cutting the fibers of the wood this doesn't help much in determining how well the wood will turn. Some examples that show this in your instructable are the desert ironwood and the black palm the ironwood is a very hard wood but it cuts nice and cleanly (though it does have a significant blunting effect on blades and for larger projects you will be sharpening more often) whereas black palm has a decent hardness but is chippy and cuts poorly.
You may want to try padauk too it is also very vivid red and turns nicely and is generally a bit cheaper.
Oh and bocote to me (and anyone I have talked to about it or helped someone trying to id it) smells a bit like pickles.
Yea padauk has the nice orange (almost open grain) streaks usually too. Bocote I haven't had an issue with relative to other woods but I don't use carbide I use HSS so I keep a diamond card handy at all times anyway. I have a large hunk of sapodilla on the lathe right now that is really dry and keeping the sharpening in full gear lol. I am pretty fortunate living in South Florida getting a number of exotics not available elsewhere in the US free from friends, family, curbside and from some tree service friends. I have a large stock of mango, cuban mahogany (which is near impossible to get commercially), avocado, and carrotwood which are all great to turn. Have also scored acacia, bechofia, rosewood. orange (fruit not osage), and some great bottle brush burls as well as others but not in as much quantity. The down side is we don't get some of the nicer domestics that are readily available to the north like walnut, maple (though we do have red and japanese maple here they rarely get big and aren't as good as hard maple), and cherry.
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At last done it thanks to Jason Burr
Great post would like to try that love the Celtic look. - ronald.wilkes2
The process is described very well. I like the CA glue finish definitely going to try it. Thank you for sharing. Ernie - Woodcycles
Very straight forward explanation. I am a woodworker so it makes perfect sense to me. I have all the tools so I will just go try this. Great Idea. - JayLundgren
Great tutorial. Having never done this or much else when it comes to woodworking, you make it sound very doable.
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