#49 – Modified Bird’s Mouth Box… Spalted Blackjack Oak


Hey y’all. Welcome to the Messy Studio!
Come on in and see what’s going on. Hi y’all. Well it seems my viewing
public has requested another turning video. Something about flat work not
ringing their bell, I don’t know. I mean, I prefer turning but there’s still a lot
of flat work type stuff that I need to do. I still need to to finish my rolling
sheet goods rack and I’ve still got some organization to take care of. But to
appease the public I’m gonna take this little piece of hickory and attempt to
make a natural edge bowl. It’s only gonna be about four inches across… no it could
be five. So come along with me and let’s see what we do. I started cutting into this and realized
that it’s not Hickory at all. It’s blackjack oak… spalted
blackjack oak. It ought to be pretty. If we can… see if we can keep the ho… hold the
bark on. I don’t know if I can. Even if I can’t though, that natural edge is going
to be really pretty. Well I decided I’m changing the design a
little bit. Made kind of a modified bird’s mouth box. I’ll make a lid for it from
something else. Lyle Jamieson likes to use face plates
only. He doesn’t like to put things in chucks. So I thought I would try to
follow suit. I should have left it cut with a tenon for the chuck… oh well. Live
and learn. Let this glue up overnight and I’ll be back. Well I’d like it to be
a little more true than this but it’s close and it’ll work.
So I’ll use a Forstner bit, drill it out and then start hollowing. Light touch on the tool… and if you
barely make contact, you can feel the ridges. One of the reasons I like this
tool. You can feel all those ridges and just work them out. I’ll still have to use a scraper but… this gets the lion’s share of the work
done. Oh yeah… much better… much much better! Fairly
consistent wall thickness. I’m a little thick down here on the backside. I’ll see
if I can take some of that out now. My Sorby Hollowmaster came with this
scraper. I don’t know if Tim knows this, but it fits this bar. So I’m gonna put this on here… and I’m going to scrape the bottom… and the sides. Get a little cleaner cut. Oh yeah, baby. Smooth as the proverbial baby’s bottom. Now the hard part is gonna be sanding this bottom. Figure out what’s gonna work and I’ll be
back. We’ve got to refine this edge just a little bit and get it down a little
bit further for the lid. Well my card’s about full and you don’t want to watch
me sand. When I get it all sanded up I’ll come back. This is gonna be the lid for
that natural edge box… I hope! That’s the goal. That’s what I’m shooting for. If I
can keep it big enough. It is just barely the right size to fit in the top of that.
I’m not real sure what kind of wood this is. Somebody told me they thought it
might be hackberry. I don’t know. It’s real tight grain and it’s hard dense
wood and I know it turns well. And it’ll contrast nicely to the that blackjack
oak, I think. So let’s see what we can do with it. Well here it is. This is what it’s going
to look like. Inside is done. Got the finish still drying. I’m gonna wait till
tomorrow or overnight before I part this off and then I’ll turn it around
and decorate the bottom just like I did this. I may do it later this afternoon I
don’t know. I still got to hit this with one more coat of Yorkshire Grit on the
outside before I part it off. Then I’ll turn it over and decorate the bottom. But
I kind of like it. I’ll be back. I’ve got to be gentle with this so I
don’t tear the lip off. So that means I’ve got to be really gentle
down here. Everything is going to be a push…
gonna be pushing toward the headstock. But I don’t have time to do that right now. I’ve gotta go take care of some business. I’ll come back and hit this later. In the mean time I’m gonna relax this grip just a little. And I’ll be back. Tighten that up just a little bit… I don’t want to break
it. And I’m gonna have to be gentle taking
this bottom out. And do all my pushing in toward the lathe… toward the headstock. Switch to a 3/8 bowl gouge. Homemade point tool. It’s a six-inch blade
number three Phillips that I bought at Lowe’s and I ground a three-sided
pyramid shape on the top. Works great! So there it is. One lidded box. I’ll sign
the bottom, date it. Spray this with a couple of coats of satin poly and put
some stills up at the end of the video. But all in all I’m happy with it. It’s a
cute little box. Like I said I’ll put some stills up at the end after I get a
couple of coats of poly sprayed on it. You don’t need to watch me do that.
You’ve seen that before. The reason the shop doors are closed
today is because a cold front blew in last night. It’s down to about 51 outside
right now. That’s why yo… I’ve only got one fan going. I don’t have to use my
zoom today I don’t think. The only reason that fans going is to blow the sawdust
away from me so I don’t breathe it in. My asthma’s acting up. I’ve really got to
get my dust collector plumbed. So thanks for watching! I really appreciate it, folks! Please like, subscribe, share with your friends And y’all come back.

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11 thoughts on “#49 – Modified Bird’s Mouth Box… Spalted Blackjack Oak

  1. I love how that turned out! Fantastic work Billy – and really good video. Very engaging music too! 🙂

  2. 👍👏🏼💜🖐Billy sorry to hear your asthmas acting up. I’m sure it’s a real pain when you love to work with all that wood and some days you probably shouldn’t be out there working but what can you do when you love to do it right. Take care your health first glad you use a fan. Another masterpiece you have made gorgeous take care from Florida

  3. Another great looking project Billy.
    Bah Don't worry about it Billy, you channel is called Billy Burt…. The Messy Studio, not Wood turning with Billy, I thought that flat wood was Awesome ! Just remember you'll never make everyone Happy ! Just do what you do, the rest of us like watching you create !!!
    Doug

  4. Love it ! a beautiful looking piece Billy ! Damn dust is a problem mate ,affects me too at times only for the simple reason that I never had any proper means of extraction ,just purchased a proper shop vac and what a difference ! Cheers mate Bram

  5. Really nice box, Billy! I was expecting a birds mouth but what you ended up with is even better. Great job!
    Phil

  6. Looks great and I love the bug holes. I turned a small oak ball a few days ago. I had it sitting on the lathe while I was going to reverse it in the chuck and a worm came out from one of the holes. It wasn't that freshly cut either.
    I like your work and will be back.

  7. Nice project Billy. Did you use shellac as a sanding sealer? If you did, do you ever have any finish problems? Just wondering because I heard that shellac and poly don't mix together very well.

  8. Billy Burt another sweet little project glad I found your channel refreshing to see somebody just improvise at the lathe like most of us do with FOG wood and some prayers

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