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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:44 pm 
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Well, this weekend my family and I spent a wonderful time in Sedona as guests with our friends at his Grandmother's ranch. She has a lot of hummingbird-themed articles around the ranchhouse and as a way of saying thanks today I made her this trivet.

It is 8x8 and made of mesquite and has (sofar) 2 coats of wipe-on poly.

I have a similarly finished bloodwood trivet that we use daily and it has stood up to heat for about 2 years so I'm fairly confident in it.

Thanks for looking
Lawrence

Unfinished (with apple for perspective)

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You are getting very good with that CNC machine Lawrence.
How long does something like that take from wo to go?

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eric wrote:
You are getting very good with that CNC machine Lawrence.
How long does something like that take from wo to go?

Eric


Thanks for the kind comment Eric-- lets see... as for your question... timing varies... with this piece I spent 10-15 minutes designing it on the computer, then 10 minutes or so picking out the piece it would go on (I tried to pay close attention to grain swirls and the inclusion of some sapwood to give it an added detail. I then picked out how and where the carve would go and then used hand tools to joint the board (my power jointer is only 6 inches so I use a hand plane to joint the board) and then run it though the planer, edge joint, and ts..

I then load up the prepped board into the machine and start it up-- at this point I had about 30-45 minutes of work into the piece.

The carve itself took about an hour and a half-- I check the machine every 15-20 minutes (temperature etc) and spent the rest of the time flattening the back of a hand plane iron and jamming to my worktunes ear protectors.

After the carve completed, I spent 2 minutes cleaning up the carve with a brass brush and then cut the piece to length (I carve it oversized to prevent snipe-like symptoms breaking bits... if you add 3.5 inches onto the ends of any carve it will remain under the rollers) I cut this extra off on the ts and then routed the chamfers on the router table.

Work time actually touching the piece- approximately an hour and fifteen minutes

time from start to end including carve time during which you can be doing other things- about 3 hours

Lawrence


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Nice work Lawrence. She'll love it. 8)

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Those are soooo :cool:

Here's something that popped into my head while looking at the detail of the hummingbird:

What about creating a layered block of wood such that the lettering and the background (behind the bird and flower) were maple so they would show through as a different color than a walnut base?

Bet if you practiced you could get the flower petals and wings to be a different color as well.

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In the parking lot out behind left field. :D


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DMoening wrote:
Those are soooo :cool:

Here's something that popped into my head while looking at the detail of the hummingbird:

What about creating a layered block of wood such that the lettering and the background (behind the bird and flower) were maple so they would show through as a different color than a walnut base?

Bet if you practiced you could get the flower petals and wings to be a different color as well.

~Dan.
In the parking lot out behind left field. :D


I may have to try that our Dan-- interesting idea....
Lawrence


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