Hollowform #1 in Pine

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Project by palaswood posted 122 days ago 660 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently posted some pics of a couple tiny bowls I made from some Pine I found on the floor of the woods. This came from the same place, although might be a different tree.

This is my Pièce de résistance – it represents the coming together of many different skills and a facility with certain tools.

I started woodworking 1 year ago, in the spring of 2013. I have to admit I havent done much else, but this piece reflects all the hours I spent honing my sharpening skills (pun?), my bowlturning skills, my wood gathering skills, my creative design eye and last but not least, my finishing techniques.

However, since I used Mylands Cellulose Sanding Sealer and then the Myland’s Friction Polish, I feel like I cheated somehow. That stuff works AMAZING. I bought it for my penturning, but this piece got the first taste of it. Stuff’s not cheap, but WOW. Just WOW. Worth every cent. I filled it with Pentacryl for a bit too, to hopefully retard any further checking.

The other breakthrough I had today was with my Hollowing tool. I found that for me, to get a smooth cut, it helps to angle the carbide cutter downward at nearly a 45 deg angle, and make the cut near the bottom – like around 8 or 7 oclock position. Still experimenting…

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

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#1 posted 122 days ago

Very cool, love the look

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 122 days ago

Pretty Nice. If you’ve only been at it a year you have some great pieces in front of you.

Looking forward to seeing more.

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#3 posted 122 days ago

Super turnings.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 122 days ago

Nice. The grain looks awesome. Finish looks great.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#5 posted 121 days ago

Thanks guys, Cliff its end grain thats why. I find natural pine (found in the woods, not at a lumber yard) looks better when turned with end grain oriented top to bottom. The grain is SO tight that even the pith is hard and stable. And its soft enough not to have to much troubles with the hollowing. And while I did sand the heck out of it (on the lathe granted), the finish is all Mylands. The stuff is just…wow.

Calisdad, appreciate it. Yeah its been a crazy year. I got my lathe in early May of last year, so I havent even been turning for 1 year yet. Wow, I came a long way I guess. Considering I did all my turnings between centers or with a faceplate using screws up until a month ago, not too shabby. With the new chuck I can bust out a piece in an hour or two.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

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#6 posted 95 days ago

A beautiful turning. Thnx for your tips as well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 84 days ago

G’day Joseph….really looks great and a credit to you….what are the dimensions..?


-- WoodWrite, Busselton, Western Australia.

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#8 posted 83 days ago

@chudich I’d say 3 1/2” x 4 1/2” tall


-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

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