Scalloped Maple Hollow Form

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Project by sedcokid posted 12-03-2010 10:50 PM 1454 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece of Maple gave me a rough time. It started out much larger, the problems were:
• The darn thing cracked, the crack had to be filled with CA
• It flew out of the lathe twice.
• When I was all through with it I didn’t like it and threw it in the burn box.

One day when I was sitting around in the shop looking for (this was of course after I had the shop all cleaned up…..Right.). I saw this piece in the burn box and decided to play with it, like what was the worst that could happen I certainly couldn’t scrap it. Well, anyway, I started carving on it with a rotary file and this was the result. My wife likes it and that is all that matters ;)

This hollow form measures 4” in dia. and 4 ½” tall. The finish is five coats of wipe on poly and buffed on the Beal system.

All comments are welcome and by all means Thanks for Looking!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#1 posted 12-03-2010 11:06 PM

Chuck, I have a shelf in my shop where I put all of my rejects (well, maybe two shelves ;-) just for the purpose of glancing at them once in a while to see if an idea comes to me about how to salvage them. Once in a while I’ll even cut a piece off of one and use it for something else.

This form would be great even without the story, but the story makes it that much finer. Beautiful save…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 11:11 PM

Nice save. That piece is too pretty to be burned. Some things are just meant to be.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 11:29 PM

Turned out nice Chuck, great save and bonus with your wife liking it. I am now using my rejects and burn box material and cutting them into segments.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 12-03-2010 11:40 PM

A great projrcy.
Nice looking form.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 12-04-2010 12:16 AM

What a great save. No wonder your wife likes it! It looks great.
You have to do another!!!! maybe just not in the same manner as you made this one tho!!! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 12-04-2010 12:46 AM

Chuck, you managed to make a very nice vase, sometimes it’s nice to achieve a different direction from the origonal idea, I bet the rotary file wasn’t in the first plan. It’s the end result that matters :) good one

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 12-04-2010 02:39 AM

Resourcefulness is next to genius, I always say. That makes you look pretty clever. Great insight, ingenuity, and execution. ..... and your wife likes it too, man it just doesn’t get any better.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 12-04-2010 05:10 AM

Imaging what it would look like if you planned that from the beginning.
Thinking on you feet is good stuff.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 12-04-2010 01:11 PM

Beautiful. I am in aw of your work with the rotary tool. I would have a total different look it would end up in my fireplace. Nice job there..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 12-04-2010 02:19 PM

Sure glad to see this didn’t make it to the fire pit. I’m with your wife on this one. I like it….... nice save. I also have a ” Wall of shame” ..... but I don’t see anything coming of it to be further processed…..

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 12-04-2010 02:36 PM

That looks fine. It turned out great after all.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 12-05-2010 01:57 PM


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

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#13 posted 12-05-2010 03:43 PM

Thanks everyone that commented on this project. I think I will start a shelf for my rejects too, seems like a good idea. I must keep in mind that my shop is only 19’ x 24’ so I am somewhat limeted on the room I can display my rejects….. LOL!

Thanks again…The SedcoKid

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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