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Jason started by showing us the proposed finished piece which was a box with interesting lid design made from a highly attractive and figured wood called Masur Birch found in Finland and Russia.
We were all immediately wondering how he managed to cut the circular inlays of African Blackwood and we were about to find out!
Using the chuck as a friction drive and with tailstock in place the blank was turned down to round using a bowl gouge and a spigot turned using a beading tool. Remounting the spigot into the chuck a similar spigot was cut on the other end.
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Because of the depth required for the inlay the lid was to be recessed to only one half of it’s thickness.
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THE LID DESIGN
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And now for the magic …
African Blackwood dust was mixed with epoxy resin and hardener (warmed to ensure easy application) and then rubbed into the design on the lid, keeping it slightly proud, and leave to set for at least 24hours.
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We couldn’t wait 24hrs! so in true Blue Peter fashion Jason produced the lid of a sycamore box that had gone through a similar process but using 2 colours. This was achieved by cutting alternate circles and filling with one colour, allowing to dry, and then cutting the other alternate circles and filling with the second colour. (The red colour was using Paduk dust)
The lid top was cleaned up using a round nosed scraper and then the base mounted in a jam chuck in order to finish the base bottom.
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Once again a brilliant demonstration from Jason with lots of learning points -
Thanks to Jason, particularly when he had to fly to Norway before dawn the following morning!