Lidded Vessel

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Project by toyguy posted 12-05-2009 05:08 AM 1798 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little lidded vessel, or box, I like to call a cauldron : I think it would be a perfect place for the wife to store her eye-of-the-newt… ROFLMAO !!!!

5 1/2” round and 5 1/2” tall to top of finial. Bowl is sycamore, lid is a old wormy board from under my bench, oak I think..finial is some scrap pieces of left over walnut.

I am real happy with this bowl/vessel, but not too sure about the lid. Good thing is, I can always turn another lid.

After Christmas I plan on getting some hollowing tools….. Then watch me crank out these kind of vessels….

I tried something different on this one. As the bottom of the bowl was getting a little thin, I opted to fill the chuck recess with a disk of walnut for a little more strength, and it looks great. Might just be the way I go from now on.

Critiques welcome as always :

Thanks for looking…...............

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 12-05-2009 05:10 AM

Don’t you think Gingrich would object!? ;0) Nice turning.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 12-05-2009 05:14 AM

That’s really good work. Nice symmetry, nice grain. I like the contrasting lid as well. I don’t feel you need to change it at all!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#3 posted 12-05-2009 05:33 AM

Fantasic job! Love the design and wood choices. Great to see you expanding into different techniques.

For small hollowing tools you might want to consider making your own. An Allen wrench, vise and grinder are all you need. (pluss turn your own handle of course) I have made 2 of my own. They work great.

Keep up the great work.


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

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#4 posted 12-05-2009 08:18 AM

Very nicely done! I like the finish and especially the grain in that sycamore. Keep on keeping on.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#5 posted 12-05-2009 12:22 PM

Love the design and the shape on this one. If you want to make hollowing tools as suggested by Scrappy, there is another alternative, that is using hss drill bits. Just grind an edge on one end much like a bowl gouge shape, cut or grind to a size of about 1” long then mount it in a hooked or cranked holder with a handle. You can see how the holders work on the various hook tools on sale shown on the net. It isn’t difficult. Even I managed to do it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 12-05-2009 01:37 PM

Thanks for the suggestion guys and the nice comments. Truth is, I do have a couple of small shop built hollowing tools…........... But I really want a bigger, heaver means of hollowing. maybe even a trapped system eventually.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 12-05-2009 02:02 PM

Nice vessel. I like that touch on the bottom. Great idea. I made a couple of my own hollowing tools and got the idea from David Ellsworth book they work great.

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#8 posted 12-05-2009 05:14 PM

I’ve not seen sycamore before and I like it. I like the design of the box and the lid but agree that the fineal (not sure of the spelling) needs something, maybe the same wood as the lid…. Overall, I like it a lot.

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 12-05-2009 08:28 PM

Very creative and beautiful. I love your lid. Don’t change a thing. Great job, nice turning.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 12-06-2009 02:36 AM

This is very nice turning with super details, well done Brian

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 12-06-2009 08:13 PM

As I said: I didn’t really like the lid of this box myself….. So on my way to and from Muskoka yesterday.. (Jane’s family are all in Bracebridge) I went over and over it my head… then this morning I turned myself a new lid…. This one from some hard Maple that just showed up in the shop one day.

This one is a lot better, but still not quite there….... Wife says the knob is too big..she might be right, but it will have to do as I have now wasted enough time on this one…... On to the next !!

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-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#12 posted 12-06-2009 08:19 PM

I like the first one better, but that’s just me!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#13 posted 12-07-2009 11:24 PM

I’m with Padre… keep the first one – it’s stunning!

-- chip junkie, motorcyclist, skydiver, geek.

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#14 posted 12-08-2009 03:03 AM

Very nice! Sycamore is a great turning wood, isn’t it? Really unique grain. I like the design of the piece, especially the thin bottom solution. As far as the finial is concerned, I think a version without the cup at the top may work out better. Finials are meant to be very dainty, and so a narrow neck up to a smaller detail at the top, with a small diameter tip a the very top is a general formula for success. Of course, opinions are like elbows, just about everyone has a couple! Bottom line: turn what you like and experiment a lot!

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#15 posted 12-08-2009 09:09 PM

very nice

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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