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Project by whiskeyturner posted 02-18-2011 01:35 AM 1100 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a hollow form I turned from the butt of a poplar tree I came across about six years ago it’s the one where all the little branches grow out of the base. It is one piece, highly figured, spalted and it has a few checks that I left as is to become part of the finished piece. The basic shape was turned and the bottom half was completely finished with a recess for the chuck, I don’t normally remove it so the recess is incorporated into the design being finished the same as the rest of the piece. After remounting I drilled out an access hole and shaped the top half (which I changed later on anyway).
All the hollowing was done free hand with my Rolly articulated hollower which does a terrific job of getting into those tight areas. This is the sort of tool that needs to be used frequently to keep your self in tune with it, I haven’t used it in quite some time, the first part was slow but the more I fiddled with and adjusted the tool rest height & the cutter depth as well as angle, also my stance & approach the better it cut. Once I became used to it I was cutting smoothly, cleanly and quickly once again. My advice to anyone with this tool is to use it as much as possible on bowls inside and out, open forms, goblets or what ever just to keep that feel for it because once mastered it’s a pleasure to use (not to say I’ve mastered it yet).
Sanding started at 120 because of persistent tear out on the end grain, sanding finished at 800 using both hand and power Sanding outside and the reachable sections on the inside.
The exterior is finished with Shellawax Glow friction polish and the interior is done with bee’s wax cream thinned with a little organoil burnishing oil which left it with a lovely citrus aroma. The wall thickness is hard to measure properly but the top would be about 3mm the furthest reaches and the side about 16mm with 20mm on the bottom including the bead on the foot. the opening is 45mm, the height including the foot 90mm and internal depth is 70mm and finally the diameter is 225mm.

Thanks for looking ….. and of course all comments and questions are welcome.

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.





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sedcokid

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 03:49 AM

Great looking project, beautiful wood!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Glen Peterson

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 05:53 AM

Very nice, and a very cool piece of wood. Cheers for hollow forms. I can’t say I’ve ever seen on with a flat top. Very interesting.
Thanks fpr posting,

-- Glen

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whiskeyturner

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 11:12 AM

Thanks Chuck….....No I haven’t seen it like that either Glen, that’s why I decided to. I like it but I don’t think I’m going to start off a new trend. I did actually have a more rounded top but changed it half way through. 

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

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Woodturner66

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 06:23 PM

Looks really nice. I just got a Rolly Munro in a trade for a pneumatic nailer.
Haven’t use it yet. Thanks for the info. I think I’m going to use it on some old pine I have.
If i screw it up won’t be a biggy.

-- Chris Ward

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Roper

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 06:32 PM

Very nice form. Chris be careful with the Munro tool on pine, the sap can get all hard on the cutting surface and give you a lot of tearout. Have some simple green handy to dip the tool in to get rid of the pitch. Look me up when your in the denver area.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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Woodturner66

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 06:49 PM

Roper, I never thought of that. Maybe some popular, I will look you up. Not sure when I’m heading up that way. If the weather stays nice maybe a trip on the Motorcycle.

-- Chris Ward

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CSlabon

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#7 posted 02-19-2011 02:31 AM

splendid!

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whiskeyturner

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#8 posted 02-19-2011 06:01 AM

That’s a good point Roper, I too reached for pine for my first go and developed a lot of build up….. what’s “green” ? How does it work?...... Woodturner66 don’t bother finding special sacrificial pieces … Use it for bowls on any timber you happen to be working with, you can use it externally as well as internal including roughing down. By starting with bowls with decent wood you
Can see how it cuts, once you start on a hollow form you knowlonger have the chance to see it cut….. If I can help in anyway don’t hesitate to ask.

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

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Sam Shakouri

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#9 posted 02-22-2011 11:44 AM

It is your master piece. Please bring it along this Sunday, I’d love to touch it.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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ncdon

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#10 posted 02-22-2011 12:14 PM

A really great piece, beautiful grain in that Poplar. Also thanks for the turning tips.

-- Don, North Carolina,http://www.ncdon.com Working full time at retired.

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whiskeyturner

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#11 posted 02-25-2011 03:03 PM

Thanks ncdon, Sam and others…. no not a master piece by far but thanks anyway, yes I’ll bring in a few of my latest projects Sam, I would like to put some intrest back in show “n” tell it seems to be fading away so I’m doing my best to encourage our members of all levels to participate, I believe this will stimulate learning and creativity ….

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

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