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post #1 of 11 Old 06-03-2012, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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The aliens have spalted

I'm calling it "The aliens have spalted."

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I almost gave up on this piece 3 times this weekend. Things just kept not working out as I had hoped. I finally decided to just let go and see what would come out. It's 12" wide, spalted maple cut wet and left to dry on the lathe. There are steel ball bearings embedded in the top and along the base -- 16 in all.
Go ahead, ask me why ;-)
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-03-2012, 09:34 PM
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Okay, I'll ask.
Why?
Very nice looking turning though. Great work.

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Are we allowed to guess?

Could it be related to the number of retaining pins on a set of Cole jaws?

Doesn't matter -- the end result is great

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I started with a faceplate and long screws since there seemed to be plenty of wood. As I worked my way down to solid wood, with a shape and grain I liked, I discovered two of my screw holes and realized the others would not be far behind. I had he bearings and decided to use my hand drill to slightly widen the holes and embed the bearings with thick CA glue.

But don't tell anyone. If they ask, it was all part of my original design plan ;-)
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... I discovered two of my screw holes ...
Better than discovering the screws that made the holes -- now that would be a helluva catch

Your secret is safe with us ...

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Looks nice.
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-04-2012, 08:18 AM
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This piece looks awesome. If it wasn't originally planned is immaterial the fact that you were open enough to see the design past the flaw, this is the measure of an artist. Beautiful work. Keep it up.
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I like it.

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That's a really neat piece!

Kudos on turning a liability into an advantage!

...and it is possible to turn through a screw or two, believe me!

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Looks kind of cool. Sure catches the eye.
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Pretty cool. We call that a redesign.
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anybody seen those bearings I needed to finish up one of my old motorcycles?.......
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