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post #1 of 8 Old 05-20-2012, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Spalted maple box

I had very little time to turn this morning. I start an 80 hour week at noon today and had to mow the grass. However you really peaked my interest in whether I could turn a box I liked out of a small scrap of maple. The maple is 3" tall. I glued it to a scrap block so be able to turn it this size.
The lid is a scrap of cherry (I never throw anything away there might a macro goblet in there somewhere). I dyed the cherry black with shoe dye and then rubbed it back a little with 4/0 steel wool so you could barely see some brown and the grain which makes it look just like some types of ebony. It is not a press fit lid it just sits in the opening.
It's a good thing I'm a professional photographer and have tons of equipment at my disposal. I shot this using 8 - 2'x4' flourescent soft boxes, more commonly known as office ceiling lights. I simply layed it on a white seamless paper background and set my white balance on the camera for the Flourescent setting. Exposure was 20 seconds at f20 handheld. If you believe that I have a bridge for sale.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-20-2012, 06:46 PM
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John thats a nice box and lid
the pics aint bad either
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John,
very nice job and nice detail on the box. It took you 80 hours to mow the lawn?
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Yea, and my scissors got really dull and I had to sharpen them 3 times. boy are my knees and back sore.
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Very nice work John.

How do you do that detail on the lid?

I plan on trying a box later this week.
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It's called Chatter work. There are probably videos that show you how on youtube. I don't know if there are any video's on building a chatter tool. It isn't hard. You might do a google search on building a chatter tool. I'll bet there are some out there.
when I do demo's I show them how to use a jig saw blade held in a pair of vice grips. It's all about getting a piece of metal to vibrate.
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Did you use vicegrip/jigsaw blade for this particular peice? That is beautiful! could show a pic of you using it?
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I'll be too busy at work this week to even step in the shop. I'll try to post of photo of my chatter tools. I used one of my homemade ones for this. I need to do a video on the chatter tool that may have to wait until Late june or July.
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