Hollow vessel

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Project by Loucarb posted 09-04-2009 01:05 AM 1588 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at hollow vessel turning. It is spalted silver maple from the same scrap pile as my first bowl. I chose the wood thinking I would just use it for practice instead of ruining something good. When I started turning and saw the grain I was pleasantly surprised. It is finished with wipe on satin poly & it measures 7” tall x 4 1/2” wide. Overall I think it came out ok, I really like the grain pattern. The inside could be smoother and I need to learn how to clean the outside up better so that I don’t have to do too much sanding. Thanks for looking. Lou

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#1 posted 09-04-2009 02:16 AM

Beautiful piece of timber Lou. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 09-04-2009 02:34 AM

First attempt at a hollow vessel huh? Could have fooled me! Beautiful piece. One of these days I am going to get a lathe. If not for doing stuff like this, then at least for table legs and stuff.

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#3 posted 09-04-2009 02:56 AM

Wonderful grain. I think it turned out great.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 09-04-2009 03:03 AM

I love that spalted maple. My first bowl was out of spalted maple. My wife still thinks it’s the best one.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 09-04-2009 04:31 AM

amazing wood Lou well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 09-04-2009 06:13 AM

First hollow vessel-WOW! I thought I just saw your first bowl-now a hollow vessel turning-what’s next? Man you must be a natural at this turning thing. The wood is absolutely gorgeous again. Just Keep on keeping on!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#7 posted 09-04-2009 08:55 AM

Fantastic turning. Your are doing a great job on these.

One thing I have noticed in my “learning to turn” use the skew after you get it mostly to size you want. With a VERY sharp skew, you can take VERY fine cuts (GENTLY). It will help to eliminate your other tool marks and give you an almost smooth surface. Very little sanding afterwards. Just my opinion.

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 09-04-2009 03:38 PM

Great job! My first certainly didn’t look that good!

-- If it wasn't for misplacing things, my shop would never get cleaned up.

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#9 posted 09-05-2009 01:03 AM

Wonderful turning Lou, and an unusually fine piece of wood to boot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-23-2009 03:10 PM

I agree with the others, ” first try, could of fooled me.” great job I would be very proud of that…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 09-27-2009 01:38 AM

Great job on that vessel good grain too

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#12 posted 10-28-2011 02:17 AM

I was going through your old posts and saw this beautiful hollow form.
I can’t believe you got it turned. I looks beyond punky.
Great work.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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