Suspended Hollowform

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Project by JamesVavra posted 949 days ago 1595 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Black walnut body with sapele legs, lid, and point; I used anodized aluminum rods for the standoffs. This object stands about 12” tall. The body is around 4.5” at the widest point. The finish is gloss lacquer rubbed out with steel wool and then buffed.

I’m pretty please with how this hollow form turned out. I did have to leave the walls a bit thick to give the standoffs something to bite into, but it gives it an overall heft that I like. And that point is sharp! I stabbed myself in the palm while I was rubbing out the shine from the lacquer and bled all over the workshop.

I first tried to route the legs using a pattern bit, but the bottoms kept blowing out. I ended up roughing them out on the bandsaw, using my disc sander to get three sides, and then files and hand sanding to get the inside curve.

Comments, critiques, and questions welcomed.


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#1 posted 949 days ago

A truly one of a kind hollow form. pleasing to the eye and well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 948 days ago

Well designed and certainly a piece to talk about

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#3 posted 948 days ago

that is sooooo cool! great design and work…

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#4 posted 948 days ago

I like your design a lot and the use of the metal rods. Nicely done.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#5 posted 948 days ago

man.. this is a cool looking piece.

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#6 posted 948 days ago

Very nice piece indeed!

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#7 posted 948 days ago

Excellent piece

-- Vince

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#8 posted 948 days ago

Very interesting. Well done.

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#9 posted 948 days ago

I like your work.

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#10 posted 948 days ago

Great looking piece !!

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#11 posted 948 days ago

An arty piece. the whole thing looks well proportioned and very interesting!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 947 days ago

Very pretty. How on earth did you locate the attachment points and keep the vessel and the legs dead vertical, all without rocking? And how did you drill them? I have a hard enough time with straight surfaces!

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#13 posted 947 days ago

Thanks for the comments everyone. @Gene – That’s the beauty of a three-legged object: it balances no matter how badly you screw up the legs.

It is actually straight and plumb, but there was a bit of luck involved. Marking vertical lines involved using a combination square across the mouth and sighting its blade down to the point. The top hole was located using the square. I used the hole locations on the legs to mark the bottom hole. (The leg holes were drilled before the curves were cut.)

To drill it out, I built a small cradle that would hold the piece perfectly horizontal. I used electrical tape as a clamp of sorts to keep it from moving in the cradle, and then took it to the drill press. The holes are pretty close to the equator so they are almost perpendicular to the body which made them a lot easier to handle.

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