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Sorry for the headline, it's what comes of working for a newspaper :blink:

A few weeks back, Dave Paine kindly shared some of his stash. This is the first thing I turned from a piece of (Bradford?) Pear.

I had to hone the cutting edges of my Forstner bits to get through this, it's quite hard -- but it finished nicely with very sharp tools (I used a skew and spindle detail gouge) and I started sanding at 220 grit.

Finished with several coats of spray-on lacquer, then buffed with tripoli and white diamond, finally carnauba wax (the "Beall system".)

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Very well done Duncan. Looks great. :thumbsup:

I may have to follow your lead. The wood looks really nice when finished.

As you mentioned, not easy to turn, but looks to be worth it.
 

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Very nice indeed!! :thumbsup:

What did you you use to write on the bottom?
 

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Very nice piece. Looks great
Thanks!
Nice work...where did you get your grinder mechanism at?
Thanks ... I got the parts at Woodcraft.
Thats some nice bradford pear
Thanks!
Very well done Duncan. Looks great. :thumbsup:

I may have to follow your lead. The wood looks really nice when finished.

As you mentioned, not easy to turn, but looks to be worth it.
Thanks Dave.
Very nice indeed!! :thumbsup:

What did you you use to write on the bottom?
Thanks ... it's a cheapo "Lenk 30W wood burning tool". It appears identical to a cheapo 30W soldering iron with a sharp pointed bit (and I'm sure that's really what it is, packaged in a plastic box with a different label.) I got it at a yard sale for a couple of dollars.
 

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G'day Duncan.

Nice work.

I had heard pear can be hard. Great job. Did well off the chisel. Some guys start with an '80 gouge'. ;)
 

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Turned out nice. I bought a wood burner and it came with soldering tips so I bet you are correct.
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Nice job Dunc! I like the shape and finish.
Mike Hawkins;)
Thanks Mike -- I followed your tutorial (again), I'm really glad you included the steps for "if the shaft is too long" because my first instinct was to hacksaw away at the threaded end. That would have been ugly.

G'day Duncan.

Nice work.

I had heard pear can be hard. Great job. Did well off the chisel. Some guys start with an '80 gouge'. ;)
Thanks ... I know all about the low grit gouges, just worked on some birch that was a bit punky and needed help all the way from 80.
 
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