Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Needs Pictures Needs Pictures:  0
Picture(s) thanks Picture(s) thanks:  0
Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,354

    Default What do I do? Coffee or Turquoise?

    Makin' a tool handle for a 5/8" (15mm) bowl gouge. Started with a 100mm limb off a dead English Walnut tree.
    Pic 1: Got the ferrule on it and the hole drilled for the tool shaft. I think the bulb at the ferrule is too big, so I need to size it down some.
    The ferrule is made from rigid 30mm copper pipe.
    Pic 2: Now I gotta move the steady rest and put the spindle steady on it. The handle will be 635mm long (sorta like a Sorby Texas handle).
    Pic 3: The perspective is off somewhat, because the far end is larger than it looks... 35mm, and the smallest part, near the bulb is 28mm.
    You can see the whole problem... that dark streak down the handle.
    Pic 4: Close up of the problem... worm trench.
    Now. Should I fill it with epoxy and coffee? Or should I fill it with epoxy and turquoise. Which would look better? (I thought about using super glue, but it's not as easy to work with a filler as epoxy)
    Al
    Some minds are like concrete thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

  2. # ADS
    Google Adsense Advertisement
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Advertising world
    Posts
    Many





     
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    2,793

    Default

    It's a TOOL, mate! Turquoise? What's next? Pearls and sequins?

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,354

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank&Earnest View Post
    It's a TOOL, mate! Turquoise? What's next? Pearls and sequins?
    Good idea!!! Sequined tool handle... hmmmm. Some Mother-of-Pearl inlay would be nice, too. Just want to make my tool handle feel good to th' hand, so might as well make it look neat, too.
    Al
    Some minds are like concrete thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

  5. #4
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Gosford
    Posts
    749

    Default

    Hi Al.

    Never seen the coffee/epoxy finish, but I imagine it would look fairly similar to the natural timber that you've got there currently, without the defect and potential for future material loss.

    I have seen the turquoise inlay (from the Inlace range?) effect which looks great in the right circumstances. However, you may feel obliged to wash your hands, use a nail brush and get a manicure before grabbing your chisels? Go ahead... Turquoise it is.... be sure to post some pics.

    Wayne
    Don't Just Do It.... Do It HardenFast!!

    Regards - Wayne

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Oberon, NSW
    Age
    60
    Posts
    12,833

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by OGYT View Post
    Which would look better?
    In my opinion, a dark streak would be a nice contrast given the relative lightness in colour of the walnut, and IMHO turquoise looks best in darker woods, so 'tis a no-brainer...

    Coffee!

    (Or inlay turquoise inside the coffee... )
    I may be weird, but I'm saving up to become eccentric.

    - Andy Mc (AKA "Ghost who posts." )

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Tallahassee FL USA
    Age
    78
    Posts
    4,650

    Default

    Oh, brother. And after the turquoise, will you have the shaft gold plated?

    Coffee and epoxy "mortar" makes a fine infill. I use fresh ground, not used. The epoxy mixes with the soluble part for a dark field, and the harder part is somewhat lighter. Looks like small-scale terrazzo after sanding. Handsome enough for tools, and other stuff too.

    Joe
    Of course truth is stranger than fiction.
    Fiction has to make sense. - Mark Twain

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,354

    Default

    Finished the handle today... Thanks for the posts, Mates!
    I used coffee... fresh ground Folger's dark roast,unleaded (cause that's what I drink). Well, since the Turquoise is a lot harder to finish level, (and it would have been a little far out for a 'tool', F&E) I decided the Skew and Joe were right about the contrast... and the coffee looks like natural inclusions with a little bark in 'em. Didn't get the tool today, but when I get the shaft epoxied in, I'll post a finished pic.
    Al
    Some minds are like concrete thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Tuntable Falls Nimbin NSW
    Age
    66
    Posts
    349

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by OGYT View Post
    Finished the handle today... Thanks for the posts, Mates!
    I used coffee... fresh ground Folger's dark roast,unleaded (cause that's what I drink). Well, since the Turquoise is a lot harder to finish level, (and it would have been a little far out for a 'tool', F&E) I decided the Skew and Joe were right about the contrast... and the coffee looks like natural inclusions with a little bark in 'em. Didn't get the tool today, but when I get the shaft epoxied in, I'll post a finished pic.
    Just on the coffe bit, is it just instant powder, or are we talking coffee grounds (used?) here? And a photo of the finished product with the "coffee" inclusions would be great, thanks.
    Yesterday is history, tommorow is a mystery,TODAY is a gift- that's why it's called the PRESENT!!

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Brisbane
    Age
    48
    Posts
    922

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by cedar n silky View Post
    Just on the Coffey bit, is it just instant powder, or are we talking coffee grounds (used?) here? And a photo of the finished product with the "coffee" inclusions would be great, thanks.
    Well I am hoping that its Used Coffee grounds as I am on rations at my place

    Pics Please
    I like to move it move it, I like to move it.

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Prestons Sydney
    Posts
    5,253

    Default

    It's a TOOL, mate! Turquoise? What's next? Pearls and sequins?



    Aww shucks you shoulda let young Al do his Mother of Pearl. Hes gonna be crippled now, scared for life......

  12. #11
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Germany
    Age
    53
    Posts
    12

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by hughie View Post



    Aww shucks you shoulda let young Al do his Mother of Pearl. Hes gonna be crippled now, scared for life......



    Hi Hugie, your pix are absolutely breathtaking. OMG! That is beautiful work. How long did it take to do this inlays? Several Month, I presume?
    sorry, if this is OT but I was unable to resist asking you.

    cheers
    Muriel

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Emerald, QLD
    Posts
    4,245

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Muriel View Post

    Hi Hugie, your pix are absolutely breathtaking. OMG! That is beautiful work. How long did it take to do this inlays? Several Month, I presume?
    sorry, if this is OT but I was unable to resist asking you.
    cheers
    Muriel
    I'm with Muriel on this one Hughie! Whose work is that???? Yours? Als? Drop-dead gorgeous stuff!
    .
    Updated 22nd May 2020

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    2,793

    Default

    Yes Hughie, what they said. I am looking forward to see the tool handles you are turning out of that. They will be stunning!

  15. #14
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Prestons Sydney
    Posts
    5,253

    Default

    Nah sorry guys not my work... I wish tho' Its from a factory in Viet Nam
    http://www.vvg-vietnam.com/inlay.htm

  16. #15
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,354

    Default

    Well, I took this pic yesterday, sorry it's not a studio shot. Made another handle and mounted the 1/2" bowl gouge in it. Didn't get the other gouge mounted 'til this afternoon.
    These Thompson gouges are CPM 10V steel, 60-62 Rockwell hardness, and got a Cryogenic treatment between tempers. A test was made using one gouge... a bloke started with a sharpened and honed gouge, and turned a brass shaft, a brass ferrule, and then a wooden tool handle... all without sharpening anymore. Sounds good enough for me. Price was right, too. $70USD for the 5/8 U Flute, unhandled. (Not affiliated with the guy... just a truly satisfied user) Don't know what the post would cost to Oz.
    I think the coffee worked pretty well in the worm trenches. (If it wasn't fresh Decaf, that worm'd be pretty hyper ) Looks a little flaky, but it's a tool. Finish is Lemon Oil, which I put on all my wooden tool handles. Never truly dries completely, and feels silky smooth to the touch. Just add on another coat when it does get to lookin' sorta dry. They say it keeps the timber cells from collapsing.
    Hughie, if I could do work like that Mother of Pearl inlay in your piccies, I'd be a snob. Guess that's why I can't do such, huh. Awesome lookin' stuff.
    Al
    Some minds are like concrete thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

Similar Threads

  1. Coffee and Tea
    By TEEJAY in forum FINISHING
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 1st Aug 2007, 12:21 AM
  2. Coffee Addict
    By RETIRED in forum WOODIES JOKES
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 18th Apr 2007, 04:52 PM
  3. Camphor Laurel and recycled hardwood coffee table
    By dan_tom in forum WOODWORK PICS
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 2nd Aug 2006, 02:30 PM
  4. coffee table brag
    By Wild Dingo in forum WOODWORK PICS
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 18th Jul 2004, 01:52 AM
  5. Wood for coffee tables
    By Disarm in forum TIMBER
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 16th Jul 2004, 11:59 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •