|Project by FordMike||posted 09-21-2010 06:53 AM||1301 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This is a very large Big Leaf Maple Burl vase. The dimensions are 12” diameter by 23” tall, it was turner from two pieces from the same root ball, the domed base the growth rings are 90degrees off from the stem. The walls are approx 3/4” thick all the way to the bottom where it is 5” thick including the base. This is as large a piece as my lathe can handle. The rough block was 30lbs. I started with spur chuck and tailstock roughed out the outside and cut a flat base. when I turned it ove to hollow I screwed a 8” faceplate using all 8 screw hole and then superglued the screws in. My technique is to set 8, 1 1/4” screws to hold in place and then replace the screws one at a time with 1 1/2 screws with superglue on the threads. I then ran a bead of superglue around the base attaching it to the facplate securly. I hollowed witha bowl gouge and homemade tool rests until I couldn’t reach any more. I completed the hollowing with forester bits on an extension amd a high speed die grinder and a small router bit. I cut a tenon on the base and made a base out of one of the offcuts with a smal bead and a recess for the vase to join. The sanding is the standard 120,150,200, 400 finish is Watco mopped two coats. I’m going to let it set for a week and maybe a couple more coats and then buff. Anyway thanks for looking. FordMike.