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Reply #15 - Oct 9th, 2017 at 4:14pm
 
Tom Coghill wrote on Oct 9th, 2017 at 3:27pm:
When I carve, I try to keep the piece ON THE LATHE as long as I can. This helps me stay out of harm's way (I try to keep the sharp end of the carving tool pointed away from me).

So, when NOT on the lathe: I want to hear how others keep their non-dominate hand protected from getting cut when carving our turnings.

Cut Resistant gloves (Kevlar)? or thick tape stuff or leather gloves? one must hold the item from moving somehow. I hope that no one out there places these items in their lap!

Tom, Nope I sit in my easy chair and carve away w/ the piece in my lap; Of course I'm cutting away from my other hand at all times and I don't where any gloves or anything else. I'm right handed and my left thumb is on top of the cutter pushing down or out of the way. I do not have to push very hard w/ my right hand these are very sharp, just by wiggling slowly it cuts this teak.

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Reply #16 - Oct 11th, 2017 at 7:48am
 

I've had a chance to put a few more hours into the platter carving, here's a few photos of what she's looking like now. Surprisingly this teak is fairly easy to carve and sand, I'm trying to find the best way to get the texture on those Acorn caps; I've done one set so far but not sure I like them.

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Reply #17 - Oct 12th, 2017 at 4:30pm
 
Well I put a few more hours into this project; finished the lay out and out line cut & rough cut a god bit then I also did some sanding. I'm about half way w/ the rough out, check the progress photos.
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Re: Carving
Reply #18 - Oct 12th, 2017 at 7:14pm
 
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Just thinking that instead of carving chisels it would be a lot easier with a high speed dental drill that they sell and with a ton of different kinds of bits.

I like what you have done so far tho and it reminds me of Steve doing it like that on the other site.
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Reply #19 - Oct 12th, 2017 at 9:34pm
 
Arlin Eastman wrote on Oct 12th, 2017 at 7:14pm:
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Just thinking that instead of carving chisels it would be a lot easier with a high speed dental drill that they sell and with a ton of different kinds of bits.

I like what you have done so far tho and it reminds me of Steve doing it like that on the other site.

Thank you Arlin, Yes it would be a bit faster w/ power tools there's something very relaxing about doing this work by hand for me, I just sit in my easy chair w/ a tv show on and carve. I haven't seen anybody doing carving over there I'll have to be on the look out.

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Reply #20 - Oct 15th, 2017 at 9:13pm
 
Did a bit more carving this weekend; rough out some more and worked on details & sanded, you are really not  going to see the details until the stain go's on: here's what she is looking like now.

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Reply #21 - Oct 16th, 2017 at 9:40pm
 
Bruce L Jones wrote on Oct 8th, 2017 at 7:55am:
Len Mullin wrote on Oct 7th, 2017 at 10:13pm:
Bruce, you could try dies or stains to try to darken things up.
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Great idea w/ the dye; has anyone used commercial grade fabric dye w/ any success? I have a bunch of these in many colors; and didn't know if they would work well because they are water base.

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Bruce, I've used Rite clothes dye on wood, the only way I could get good results, was to bring the dye to a boil. Otherwise, the dye color was as dull as could be. It was Christmas ornaments that I was dying, I dipped them into the boiling dye. The longer I left them in the boiling dye,the darker the color would get. With one color of dye, you could get many different tints. It all depended, on how long I boiled the ornaments. Personally, I don't think it would be any good for this piece, I don't think you could get the results your looking for. For a project like this one, I would use alcohol dyes. I think you would get the results you want, if you used it instead  of clothes dye.
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Reply #22 - Oct 17th, 2017 at 12:21pm
 
Thanks for the response Len,I agree I'm thinking about getting these wood dyes: Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register

These should cover all my colors in the future and for this project.

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Reply #23 - Oct 19th, 2017 at 1:32pm
 
Hello again everyone Well I put a few more hours into the roughing out process and finished the piercing part of this project, now it's on the the fine details and sanding. Here's what she's looking like now.

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Reply #24 - Oct 20th, 2017 at 8:49am
 
Very nice, Bruce!
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Reply #25 - Oct 20th, 2017 at 3:32pm
 
Thank you Jeff still a good bit yet to do, but I'm now on the sanding and fine details part of this project.

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Reply #26 - Oct 22nd, 2017 at 6:30am
 
Well the carving is complete and sanding is mostly finished up to 220 grit so far, here's what shes looking like now.

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Re: Carving
Reply #27 - Oct 23rd, 2017 at 11:29pm
 
Hello everyone Well I was able to get 2 finish coats of varnish on the Teak platter and still may add another coat; but over all I like how this project came out for my first carving embellishment.
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