Walnut Top #3 by Komitadjie

Walnut Top #3

Komitadjie

12 April 2014 at 22:04:54 MDT

This is my latest top out of walnut, and I'm starting to be more or less pleased by how they're coming out. I think the combination of 19-gauge and 28-gauge wire burns is about right, and the finish is darn nice. I'm really enjoying turning the walnut as a wood, it cuts nice and cleanly without splintering or other bad behaviour. Tearout is very limited, and if I'm careful with my finishing passes I don't get any at all. These are just lightly sanded with 320-grit after the cutting tools, then wire-burned and finished with HUT Crystal Coat. A very simple, fun woodturning project that I can knock out in about fifteen minutes each, or a little less if I don't want to apply all the detail. But who hurries with something like this?

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    That top looks gorgeous, I've never seen one that looked so nice and intricate. The finish is nice to.

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      Thanks! They're a lot of fun to make, and to be honest, this isn't even TOUCHING what some of the real pros do. :) The finish is a friction polish, I love the stuff. Wipe it on with a rag while the lathe is turning, then press the rag hard against it and wait for the heat to build up, which sets the finish and buffs it to a high shine. It's cured and ready to use in twenty seconds or so!

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        That sounds nifty ! Do they spin really well ?

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          I think so, although I really don't have anything high-end to compare them to. On a good surface, a minute or so is entirely do-able with a good spin. I'm actually considering trying to improve that by adding an inset brass tip for a more perfect contact.

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            That would be interesting, I've never seen any high end tops before just cheap dollar store plastic tops. Though they usually have some sort of tip on them as well.

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              Yeah, a plastic top typically needs it, since the overall mass is pretty low. I think I might give it a shot tomorrow, see how it works. Probably just drill the tip out while it's still solid, set the tip with some CA glue or epoxy, then file it to shape as I turn the top itself. Hmm... Have to try it and see how it comes out!

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                That sounds like it would probably work quite well.

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                  Should be interesting to try, in any case! And that's most of the point here anyway, having some fun and seeing what I can make. :)