Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

Natural Edge Wood Creations

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When we first got into wood turning a fellow woodworker gave us quite a supple of sycamore wood.  We have turned some bowls and candles from it and the wood is beautiful but I’ve been trying to find a way to showcase it’s unusual bark.  I thought about making turning a natural edge bowl but that’s beyond my skill level.   Kind of by accident I found a video that made a band saw box but kept the natural look of the wood.   These could not look  more different than the other boxes I have showed you.  These are about 5″ by 6″ and were really quick to make since there isn’t much wood to finish and I kept sanding to a minimum to keep it natural.  The finish is tung oil.

This shows a “before” piece of wood on the left and the “after” with the oil finish.


Here are the three finished pieces.  Notice the three different shapes of drawers – circle, triangle and egg shaped.   Bob turned the knobs out of left over wood.

We have a nice log of cherry wood which has thick rough bark so that will be interesting to work with for the next two boxes.

I’m going to switch from these boxes and go back to the scroll saw.   I finished my practice cuts and did a couple simple cut outs of a cat and a fish.  Next will be a more complicated butterfly.  At the Woodworkers Guild holiday dinner last night one of the very experienced woodworkers brought in a table he had made with a large (10″)  inlaid scroll pattern in the center.  He said it took him 40 hours to cut out.   I don’t have that much patience.

If you aren’t familiar with a scroll saw this photograph shows some butterflies someone did.   I DID NOT MAKE THESE.  I could probably soon do the two large ones on the right.

Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

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