the how I made my vessels or vases

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Project by peruturner posted 11-07-2009 12:27 AM 2756 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well lumber jocks here is a inside of how I make my vessels and vases,this one 6×8” in peruvian tulipwood

1)Piece of jacadaranda wood 6×6x9”

2)choosing the bottom of the blank (where the least figure would be)this one came out rigth,lol

3)round off the block

4)making the shape and the rebate for the jaws of my nova jaws(130mm)

5)some more shaping and boring out the hole 1-1/2” 7inches deep,god it sure looks pretty this wood

6)this a short video clip of hollowing in my rig(made by alida my student)a very good one indeed)


8)now we will wait some 2 weeks before finalizing the shape and get rid of any flaws,remember this wood is 75% wet,very heavy and dense,but it will come a real nice vessel in more or less a month,thanks hope you enjoy this post as wood lovers,sorry no fresh wood smells or shavings all over ,some day the tech will allow to smell and feel all that,thanks to all,any comments welcome

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#1 posted 11-07-2009 12:34 AM

With the red it looks like Box elder!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#2 posted 11-07-2009 01:28 AM

Cool thanks for the mini class

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 11-07-2009 01:31 AM

Yes it looks like ,but no is jacaranda wood,more like tulipwood

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#5 posted 11-07-2009 04:17 AM

LOL , the first time that I remember the name Box Elder , and it isn’t !!! Hahaha
Looks like a great start : ) That certainly looks like a real workhorse of a lathe there …Is that a grinding wheel behind your chuck ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 11-07-2009 06:00 AM

Nice looking vase, good pictures, will like to see finished vase. Thanks for the pictures and info.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 11-07-2009 06:18 AM

Yes it is I burn out my grinder and now I use the weel in the spindle asnd seems to work pretty good at 1200rpm does not burn the steel and gives a good edge to my tools

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#8 posted 11-07-2009 07:25 AM

Hi Great shape and a very niece piece of wood. Do you by any chance know the botanical name of the Jacaranda that you are using. In SA we have alot of Jacaranda trees ( Jacaranda mimosifolia ) and i use a lot for turning and making furniture and it is a very light color almost white.
Kind regards Roger

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#9 posted 11-07-2009 02:16 PM

Very interesting. Hollow form is something I am wanting to try. How thick do you leave the walls on this wet wood? I sure after drying there is a lot of warpege… hopefully no cracks.
Thanks for this post, It does help us new turners.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 11-07-2009 02:23 PM

Great to see you on Lumber Jocks. I joined about a year ago and have not shown my turnings but I love the site and I’m now building a FWW workbench.
The jocks here would love to see your “rail road” shop-made lathe. Please post a few photos of your lathe and shop. They will be amazed at how beautiful your work is and how low-tech woodworking and wood-turning in Peru actually is. We are jealous of all your wonderful timber.
The Jacaranda vessel looks great. Please upload some photos of the hollowing and what the finished product looks like.

-- Life is short...we should hurry to do good.

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#11 posted 11-07-2009 04:00 PM

Hello ,well thanks for the comments

tamboti=Ill try to find out what kind of jacaranda is this wood ,as far I know is not a species like the ones in the cities,this one comes from the amazon jungle,is very heavy and dense wood the block you see is almost20 pounds

toyguy=ussuallyI leave the walls 3/8 and then in abouth 2 weeks re turn the whole piece to a 1/4,lima is very humid ans no cracks if left in the shade up to now only one piece had a crack but was fix in no time,I have like a dozen pieces ,boxes and vessels and a plate and just see what will happen ,the boxes are doing great

raymundo=I do have a pic of a finnish vessel in here,under box elder,also will post pict of my home made lathe

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#12 posted 11-07-2009 05:45 PM

I do have videos of my lathe in youtube,look for peruturner/my shop ,there are 2 videos about it

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#13 posted 11-07-2009 06:46 PM

Beautiful work and very informative videos. I can appreciate the need for the added leverage you get from your set up for hollowing the inside. Sounds like the density of the wood you are using and the thin walls you turn to green are part of your secret for no cracking. Those of us who are used to much lighter North American woods are impressed with your relatively short two weeks between rough and finish turning.

Thanks for the posting and the teaching.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#14 posted 11-08-2009 08:37 AM

excellent vessel!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 02-19-2010 03:34 PM

Beautiful. Thanks.

-- Jiri

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