|Project by bushmaster||posted 05-17-2016 04:44 AM||1688 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
The natural finish vase is the second one that I turned and the unusual colored one is the third. A friend gave me a four foot piece of a small tree trunk that he brought back from Manitoba. about 1500 miles away. He didn’t know what kind of wood it was, maybe some of you reconize it. there is a picture of the outside on my last post.
I wanted to try coloring the plain white birch that I have, inspired by some of the projects I have seen on this site.
I didn’t have any of the fancy dyes that others where using, so why not experiment, I have some TINTEX fabric dye and it says wood on the back as well as other things, so why not try. Tried some in alittle bit of water, not very dark so dump the whole package. Still not dark after swabbing it on for awhile, second thoughts now, to late to go back. Let it dry overnight and it looked more purple than blue.
Trying to put a finish on it was an equal disaster, tried various finishings, I wanted a built up finish so I could wet sand it to get it smooth.Tried some spray lacquer half way through not thinking and it started to dissolve what I had put on, then tried to brush on water base finish, got some runs but was able to wet sand it smooth. then i remembered I had some water base finish in a spray can, I was able to salvage it with that. Actually it looks better than the pictures, a nice soft blue. Looks Ok but will not try that again, don’t recommend you do either. It was worth a try and that how we learn, experiment. Educated guesses.
To support a hollow form for the last shaping and sanding I wanted to support the whole vase without the steady rest. I had this live center for the metal lathe for pipe but was to small for the hole in the vase so I made a cone that would mate with the live center out of wood.
It worked well and would recommend it to any one doing hollow forms. Harbor Freight or Grizzly would have them.
I still do not have hollowing tools, its a real effort to hollow these out with what I have, catches and stalls a 1 hp motor, but the steady rest holds well with the tapered sides of the arms. Lathe works and steady rest works, so ahead it that department.
Comments and recommendations appreciated.
PS I used the left over dye on my faded work jeans, it works better there.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia