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Blog entry by jeffthewoodwacker posted 1458 days ago 947 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spent some time on the sugar maple mexican pot today. I reverse chucked the turning onto a vacuum chuck and turned the tenon off of the bottom.

The piece was then sanded all the way through 320 grit and then removed from the vaccum chuck. I build my own vacuum chucks using PVC pipe and attaching closed cell foam to the end of the pipe. I turn a plug from Trex wood deck material, drill it and then use a threader to create threads to fit my lathe. The plug is glued into the headstock end of the PVC pipe. I have a variety of sizes and lengths of these homemade chucks and if needed can custom make a vacuum chuck.

The piece is now ready to be closely inspected for any minor flaws and hand sanded as needed.

I will use a mixture of 1/3 high gloss poly – 1/3 high gloss tung oil – 1/3 mineral spirits as my finish for this piece. Will go with at least 6 coats, let it dry for a couple of days and then buff it out. Will post photos of the finishing process. I will now start on the next piece to be turned from the big stuff sugar maple turning project.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.



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Karson

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#1 posted 1458 days ago

Jeff:

It looks great.

Have you used Japan Drier to speed up the drying process?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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jeffthewoodwacker

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#2 posted 1457 days ago

Karson, I have used Japan Drier to speed up the drying process, but find with the poly/tung oil/mineral spirits mixture that I don’t need it. Normally I can get two coats a day and turn other projects as it dries.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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sedcokid

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#3 posted 1457 days ago

Jeff,
This is going to be a beautiful bowl/hollow form when finished. I really like your vacuum chuck as well, what vacuum pump do you have and where did you get it? I am looking forward to seeing the finished product. Great Job!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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jeffthewoodwacker

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#4 posted 1457 days ago

Sedcokid – I purchased a 3/4 hp Gast vacuum pump on Craigslist for $75.00 – everything else in the system is made from parts that I purchased at Home Depot, or had in the shop.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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sedcokid

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#5 posted 1457 days ago

Thanks for getting back with me.

Chuck

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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