|Project by scrappy||posted 11-02-2011 05:05 AM||2744 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
Here is a hollow form I made from what I have been told is Cat’s Claw Acacia. ( Also known as Desert Holly )
It stand 5 1/2 inch tall X 5 inch diam. Turned to 1/4 thick walls.
After LOTS and LOTS of hand sanding, finished with several coats of Tung Oil/Varnish.
This was the first RAW Burl that I have ever turned. I met up with fellow LJ Rustfever in Sedona a couple of weeks ago. He knew a guy that gathers burls locally. I ended up buying several from the guy and this is the first to get turned. It was a LOT different starting with the rough root burl and not an all ready trimmed and shaped turning blank. Different, but LOTS of FUN!!!!!
This chunk of wood had worm holes, natural voids, and cracks all through it. Started with the wood between centers and shaped the outside. Once I got that done, I noticed a crack going all the way around the upper edge. I knew that if I tried to turn it as is it would blow the top off the hollow form so I glued the upper center in place, then made a cage to help hold it together and to give more support while hollowing the inside.
I mounted a piece of plywood to my turning plate, cut a shallow depression it the center to fit the bottom of the hollow form. Screwed a second piece of wood to it and turned a cup at to fit the top of the hollow form.
Drilled 4 holes for the bolts, separated the 2 pieces and mounted it all together. I still had the center mark on the end to help my keep the wood lined up as I was putting it in the cage and the depression in the plywood to center the bottom with.
This worked very well in holding the turning as I struggled to hollow it. When done I turned the piece around with the top against the turning plate and finished off the bottom of the piece.
Please leave all comments and suggestions/critiques. I am all ways trying to learn new things and your comments help me to improve my skills.
Thanks For Looking
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