|Project by bushmaster||posted 05-05-2016 03:53 AM||1432 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
This is the first project I completed on the Scrap Iron Lathe, using the steady rest that had to be made to complete the project. These where explained with videos in the previous two posts. Just two pictures of the completed vase, same from all sides. The wood is a piece of pure white birch, I wanted to try dying it but thought the white was so pure I had better leave it that way and not screw it up, just added burn rings to jass it up. The picture doesn’t show the grain but there is a neat pattern. The other pictures show different postions I had to use with the steady rest, Last used a face plate mount it to the tail stock, I was going to lathe a wood plug but discovered the face plate just fit in the tapered hole.
I will now show how I hollowed it as I do not have hollowing tools. First I drilled out the center with two forester bits, start a recess with a large one then drill a smaller one. Later come back and use the larger one, since you have the recess cut for the bigger one it starts OK, don’t need the center. End grain on a 2 inch hole is two hard to cut in one pass.
I had to make a drill extender of course out of some scrap metal I had.
Then since I didn’t have hollowing tools I needed a tool rest that would fit inside the hole, scrap metal to the rescue
The tools that I used to get inside the vase was a lathe tool with a circular carbide tip and a boring bar from the metal lathe with a pipe extender for a handle ( More info on video link in preceding post), They did the job in a fashion and left a very rough surface so I wanted to sand it sorta smooth, I developed a way which may be useful to someone or maybe you can tell me of a better way, I started out with a flap of 24 grit sandpaper powered by a drill. It didn’t do the job, time to modify, so I fastened a piece of white packing foam to the large dowel part and secured the flap with a screw. It worked better, and soon discovered the drill idea was useless. Just turn the lathe to a higher speed and sand. Better to use a piece of broom handle for the smaller dowel. I used 2 inch lathe turned dowel for the large part, cut a slot and with friction fit just turn the one to lock the sandpaper to the center of the tool.
Sanpaper used is cloth backed stuff used for sanding belts, I
used several grades and it worked very well, maybe someone has a better idea.
Anyway, doing this project has been a learning curve for me, and thought I would share my ideas with you and hope to learn better ones from you.
I really like the finished vase and enjoyed making it for the first time with equipement I made. Next project….. A friend brought me a tree trunk from Manitoba and will try something simular.
Thanks for looking, I was happy to share, If you have ideas to help me I would appreciate it, comments welcome of course. Have a nice day, had snow to timberline on the mountain last night. In full sun now.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia