Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'hollow form'

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Hollow Form Turning - A Trifern Class #4: How-to video

1136 days ago by trifern | 25 comments »

Here is the how-to video on hollow form turning: Trifern Hollow Form

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Gloat: New John Jordan Hollowing Tool

1252 days ago by JamesVavra | 0 comments »

In anticipation of Trifern's upcoming class on hollow forms, I ordered the 1/2” hollowing set from John Jordan yesterday morning at 9:41 AM. About 15 minutes ago, the mailman dropped it at my front door – that’s a 25 hour turn around folks. That’s the straight and curved tool, a spare set of cutters, the 18” handle, and the sharpening jig. James

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Hollow Form Microwave Fun

1658 days ago by Berg | 19 comments »

I turned a hollow form from green Ficus, 6”dia x 9” h more or less. If you are not familiar with Ficus, it’s a very light, almost white wood, and holds a lot of water. Turning it is fun because it’s all chips and curls. No dust. When done the finish turned piece is surprisingly heavy. Dried, however, its like balsa. Light as ever. Being the impatient type and always looking to try new things, I decided to try the microwave technique to dry the piece. As I rememb...

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turnings #11: first hollow-form failure update - major checking!

1810 days ago by Gary Fixler | 31 comments »

Just an update on this post. When I left off, it looked like this: I took a week’s hiatus – no motivation – and upon returning to the garage (last Sunday), I found this: Note it goes right to the pith, as every check I’ve seen in any log, branch, or twig in which I’ve noticed any checking does. This is why so many people remove the pith entirely from their blanks, and why pith-in end-grain turnings can be a bit of a craps shoot. Note that thi...

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turnings #10: Newfound respect for hollow-form turners

1822 days ago by Gary Fixler | 10 comments »

Well, I tried out the tools I got from mom for my birthday recently. Of note: 1) My 1/2” Sorby Spindlemaster was not a good indicator of how the 3/4” and 1” behave. I’ve been using the 1/2” however I liked, never reading up on how to use it, nor watching any videos. I recently watched one and thought “Huh, I’ve been using it entirely wrong.” I’ve been holding it flat, and using a combination of things with both hands and the tool rest t...

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Hollowing a Vase

2054 days ago by trifern | 17 comments »

I have had several people ask me how I turn a hollow form. I documented, the best I could, the process I go through when making a hollow form vase. I found it difficult stopping and photographing the process. Documenting the process became a process all in itself. The first step is selecting the wood and marking the centers. I then mount the blank on the lathe between the spur drive and the live center. The piece is then turned round. A tenon is then made for mounting into th...

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Sneak Peak

2058 days ago by trifern | 20 comments »

This is a preview of a hollow form using some spectacular blistered maple. I still need to apply the finish, cut it off the lathe and finish the bottom. I have had some requests for a tutorial blog on how to do a hollow form. I will try and do that with my next piece. I had every intention of doing a step-by-step photo tutorial with this project. However, once I started, I sort of forgot to document a lot of the steps. .

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