The Wonder of Wood

Turning Timber into Treasure


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I was asked by My Good friend Mike Wood RPT to reproduce some post caps with ball finials for a gentleman to replace some existing ones that were in a bad way.

The originals were made from pine and the weather had got the best of them so I suggested that we made them in a more durable material.

Because the cost of the turning was the better part of the job a few pounds more to make them from a more durable timber made sense.

I had a price for some Sapele to make them and when I got to the timber yard They had some oak offcuts that would be even better and the merchants sold them to me for the same price as the sapele.

As i am getting a few spheres to turn I decided to purchase a Paul Howard Sphere jig. This cuts down the turning time and the spheres are more accurate.

The jig was very easy to set up and use and the cost was reasonable and will pay for itself in just a few jobs.

Again an enjoyable job and now they are ready to go to their new home.

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I was asked to turn a 6" American Black Walnut Sphere by Moss timber merchants in perivale for one of their customers.

It is to be used as an architectural model that they are making.

The boys at Moss where pleased with it and have posted it on their website so I thought it would be to put their picture on mine. As they did not want it finished I sanded it to 2000grit and burnished it so it would look pretty.

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