First hollow form I am proud of....almost (updated base) now I'm proud! :)

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Project by Hoakie posted 933 days ago 1188 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My oldest boy got me the Sorby micro hollowing kit for Christmas and I’ve been playing around with it recently. I finally was getting comfortable enough to work on the design and overall effects. Overall I’m please with the effort, except at the very end I decided to turn it into a funnel (on accident of course). I guess I should improve my depth measuring by making one of those fancy gauges

*Update, after suggestions on home remedies, I fixed the issue with a walnut base :)

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#1 posted 933 days ago

Wonderful turning beautiful wood.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 933 days ago

Nice work John and welcome to the hole in the bottom club. We used to meet monthly until the bottom fell out….Ouch! Have fun with your new toys.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 933 days ago

Funny Mike!
John great work. Turning is on my list. By the time I get there I am coming to get some pointers. Great job…

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 933 days ago

It is great! Make a plug out of accent wood, turn a shallow groove around the rim and put in an accent ring matching the plug and viola! a completed piece.. call it a design feature…lol I use accidental ‘design features’ all the time…lol

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#5 posted 933 days ago

No, no, no… You did this as part of the plan to turn a nice contrasting foot, or so that you could turn it into a lamp, or a kaleidoscope… Or you inadvertently created an “opportunity”. The sunflower birdhouse in my profile pic started out with a bowl that had this design feature.

My fancy gauge has markings to show diameter as well as depth. It is indispensable. Definitely worth the ten minutes to make!

But hey, it looks like you did a nice job otherwise!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#6 posted 933 days ago

Hoakie, you inadvertantly got an opportunity for a design change! Well done.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#7 posted 933 days ago

sorry you went thru, but call it a happy accident for your first hollowing.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#8 posted 933 days ago

Or just glue it to wherever it’s going to be displayed, preferably at a height where only Yao Ming could look down into it, and problem solved. ;)

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#9 posted 933 days ago

Looks great!

Don’t worry about the hole. My vessels always come out way too thick on the bottom because I’m scared of doing exactly what you did. Nothing ventured… nothing gained. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 933 days ago

looks good. I have a bowl displayed in my living room, that I almost punched a hole through. If you hold it up to the light, you can just about see threw it. After a couple seasonal changes it will probably break off

Eyeofthejen made a good suggestion about using a contrasting plug.

-- There are many ways to skin a cat...... but, the butter knife is not recommended

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#11 posted 933 days ago

Thanks all, I think I’ll take your advice and turn a base for it….I’m thinking walnut

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#12 posted 933 days ago

Looks great! Turn a pedistal and maybe a finial. It’s art.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#13 posted 933 days ago

Thanks Hix, did just that I added a base

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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