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Michael Coolidge
Works at Integrity Applications
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First one? Nice work. I'd say put a maker's mark on it. Have you tested it?
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We made dragon rolls for Easter. They were great. We did not make enough
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You just snip the top with scissors.  
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I made 2.5 bowls this weekend. They are out of kiln dried redwood from the construction site at work. Two came out wonderful at 6" and 11" in diameter. The last was an 11" bowl that I saw had a crack but decided to turn anyway. As I was nearing completion, it had a catastrophic failure. Too bad. It would have been pretty.
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Here are two mulberry bowls I turned for Christmas. I started them in May. The one dark photo is an attempt to show how I plugged wormholes with epoxy. Overall. I am delighted how both came out. Both are about 9 inches in diameter. 
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See if you can beat my time of: 13:23 #DrWhoDoodle

I also now know I did not play enough Atari when younger.
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Just a simple Salt and Pepper shaker set out of oak. I got a lot of local wood from an arborist.  Most of it is the right dimensions for this type of work.  I had not done any before so needed to see if I want to.  Short story, YES.  Making them was dead easy following the directions of +Carl Jacobson.  I will be doing more.  I just need to work on getting similar dimensions.  While these have similar features, they do not look like twins.  More practice I guess.
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Great job Michael,
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Well,
  Not the best reason to be doing woodwork, but it did bring closure.  These are Burial Urns for my Mom and Dad.

  Last December, my Dad died. It was quicker than expected, but it did take longer than a couple of weeks.  I had not realized, but Mom and Dad had made some final arrangements.  They both want to be cremated and, because my Dad is a Vietnam Vet (Go Air Force), they will be buried at Arlington.  For Dad, that happens this Flag Day (14 June).  I hope Mom waits a long time before she joins him.

  About a month after he died, I decided that the black plastic box he came home in was not "right" to bury him in. So I decided to make Mom and Dad matching boxes.  These are Red Oak boxes.  They meet the dimensional requirements so the two can share a niche at Arlington.  They are simple Oak boxes that should appeal to his Yankee upbringing.  And in keeping that they should return to the earth, there is no metal screws or nails.  All the finishes are natural products that should break down nicely.  

  Next month, we say good bye to the one on the left.  The one on the right will go into a closet until it is needed.    

  Good bye Dad.  I love you.
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I'm sorry about your mom and dad 
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Perfect solution for moms! 
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Two bowl in Douglas fir. I got lucky. They did not spin apart. The larger on is 11" in diameter. The smaller on is just 5.5". I am leaving both unfinished. Just burnished with another piece of fir. 
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Very nice +Michael Coolidge  !!
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My last bowl of 2013 and first of 2014. They are purpleheart and walnut. Both are about 6" in diameter by 3" tall.

The walnut tore out bad and required lots of sanding to get rid do the messy end grain. Any ideas on how to stop that. I tried taking light passes in both directions with my scraper. No difference. Same with the bowl gouge.

Oh. The spoons are old ones made of oak and maple. I used them just as a size reference. 
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Thanks to Tom's Workbench and the Shop monkey, I tried a last minute elf project. Here are some of the 10 wine glass holders I made. Now my wife is insisting we give them with glasses and wine. 
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Didn't realize the three singing Campbell's soup singers were that big. hehe
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I purchased a piece of Mulberry from a Palos Verdes Arborist.  He was throwing it away because it had nails in it.  I salvaged it and made this 9 inch bowl.  It is about 2.5 inches high.  The cracks give it character.  
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Systems Engineer, Scientist, Woodworker, Grandpa.
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  • Integrity Applications
    Senior Engineer, 2011 - present
  • USAF
    Retired, 1981 - 2011
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San Pedro CA
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Seattle WA - Colorado Springs CO - Satellite Beach FL - Springfield VA - Edwards CA - Valdosta GA - Durham NH
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Grandchildren are so much more fun!
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  • U of Washington
    PhD Chemistry, 85 - 89
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    BA Chemistry, 77 - 80
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