Large Turned Vase (Magnolia)

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Project by Tomfoolery posted 06-04-2012 06:59 PM 2276 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latested woodturning project. It started with a log that was 18” by 14” and I was curious if I could mount it between centers on my lathe.

Once that was done, I then asked – now what?

I had a new hollowing tool (munro 2) and decided to give it a try…

This ended up being about 17” tall and 12” in diameter.

It is made from one piece of Magnolia locally cut here in Florida.

The finish is simply water-based poly with a laquer spray top-coat polished to 12000 grit.

This was a lot of fun to make!

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#1 posted 06-04-2012 07:52 PM

looks great, an interesting grain and a pretty large vase to boot. The color looks good too. I can imagine you got quite a few ribbons of shavings to clean up afterward.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 10:39 PM

Very nice vase. The grain is quite neat!

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 11:42 PM

What did you do with the bottom to keep the pithe from cracking? Love to be able to do something that large. Love the color.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 06-05-2012 03:32 AM

That’s a pretty cool piece with nice grain.

-- Dick

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#5 posted 06-05-2012 01:42 PM

That is a large turning! The Magnolia is beautiful, good choice.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 06-05-2012 05:16 PM

Thanks for sharing. That is just WOW. I have been wanting to get back into wood turning and it is nice to see what others are doing.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#7 posted 06-05-2012 07:31 PM

Hi Well done. I have a question why the two rings and a comment sand of the laquer and remove the marks left by the steady and you will have a beautifull vase. Sorry if I am offending as and you did not ask for c $ c but please see it as constructive crit Regards Roger

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#8 posted 06-08-2012 05:12 PM

Regarding the bottom/cracking – the vessel was turned keeping the relative humidity constant during the time it was on the lathe – this helped to reduce splitting – also the inside is “partially” unfinished to slow but allow the material to dry – we will see how it goes but several weeks later it is still solid.

Regarding the design – the steady rest made marks much lower on the object – these were removed by refinishing. The 2 lines were burned-in using a stainless steel wire and then i took a small piece of mahagony to rub/burn the wood between the lines to burnish a slightly different color – when the wood was unfinished i did not see the grain and thought it needed some embelishment.

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