|Project by scrappy||posted 08-28-2009 04:25 AM||1549 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
Here is a Live Edge Vase I turned from the Eucalyptus I scored last month. It was still VERY wet and was spraying at me as I turned.
3 1/2 tall X 6 1/2 Wide (at the widest). Sanded to 400 grit, saturated with mineral oil and resanded to 400. Finished with 5 coats of Tung Oil/Varnish with 0000 between coats.
I have been very disapointed with my results turning this wood. This is the only piece that has not cracked ALL over. Small checking along bottom on this one. ( think my bottom is thicker than sides ) The other 4 pieces that I have turned have split everywhere. I think it may be a bit warm in the garage ( 112f ) to be turning real wet wood. On my one last night, Got the outside turned as I like it, went to the inside, by the tme I got the inside ruffed out, there was big cracks along the base running up into the sides.
Took a while ( 1 1/2 hours ) for my to get the inside done and with it spinning at about 3000rpm it dried out FAST! By the time I was done it was almost a fireplace piece. Still might end up there. I did take it off the lathe and dried it in the microwave. That seems to have halted the cracking. ( or it was done ) Also soaked in mineral oil helped.
I am going to keep trying once in a while but I might just have to wait until it cools down.
This piece was a lot of fun to turn. First time trying a live edge. It was a little harry at first but the lathe callmed down once the main body got round. Still haveing some troubl doing the inside turnings. Can’t seem to keep a clean cut running. Lots of chattering. Sometimes it just cuts smooth as can be. Others ARRGH!!!
Thanks for looking.
Please leave all coments and sugestions. I NEED to improve so please be truthfull. You aren’t going to hurt my feelings. I apreciate it.
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