|Project by Dave2D2||posted 07-16-2011 01:35 AM||1794 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
This was someone’s firewood at one point. It’s the only elm I’ve ever turned, besides a smaller one that I got the same day, which became my first turned/carved project. Alas, I lost the pics of it. I just completed this piece on Monday or so this week. It is 13.5” tall and a little over 8” diameter. And it will have a lid one day…..
I don’t know if all elm is rock hard like this or not, but this was a major major pain. Elm turns great though, on center. With a good wide scraper, you can actually make the inside of your hf’s shine. I guess this piece had more wood to remove than any other, which is why it was so tough to complete.
To illustrate the process should anyone else be interested in the method, I start between centers, and round it off. Then I stare at if for hours hoping the wood will “talk to me” lol, and when it doesn’t (it never does), I decide on a shape. I turned a tenon on the top (before any shaping of the hf), and put it on a big chuck I have and pull up the tailstock, get my dimensions, and started turning the outer profile of the legs. With that done, I remove the tailstock, and set my steady rest up. Then I hollow the space inside the legs, up to the bottom of the hf. I left enough meat on the feet to attach my chuck to it, turned it around, brought up the tailstock and shaped the hf, then repeated the hollowing with the steady rest in place.
When I’m done turning, I’m left with a solid piece, hollow on top and bottom. I draw my leg design on the wood itself, then I drill holes all along the legs in the waste part. I used my jigsaw to cut out the waste, and all the holes keep me from tearing up my B&D cheapo jigsaw, because there’s only a small amount of wood between holes to actually cut. Once the waste was gone, I began shaping by using a mix of carving chisels mainly, with small carbide burrs to even it all out, followed by 10 years of hand sanding, at least, haha. Anways, thanks for the kind welcome here! I hope I can contribute some of my own knowledge and experiences here, instead of just devouring all the info this site has on it.