Easter Lilies #2: -OR- Coming Along

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 04-01-2018 08:36 PM 903 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I came out here at about 9:30 this morning and stared at this Thing for about 20 minutes, and picked up a tool. You could clearly see in the final photo last night that corkscrewing was a big issue. It’s always been a problem for me. I don’t know whether it’s the inconsistencies in fresh, wild wood or bad technique, or a combination of many things. Looking in a mirror is always a good place to begin, so I addressed the latter (technique). I bumped up the edge on a couple of my gouges and proceeded with a very light touch in my presentation. This dealt with the corkscrews, as is to be expected.

Hurrying doesn’t get you there faster, said he.

And, so he was right. So, I went about it not caring that I was just, basically, scraping a very little bit of material, and using the toolrest for all it’s worth with regard to keeping the tool steady as it passed from high point to high point. Very elementary stuff, this. Even the pros, I suppose, need, from time to time, to remind themownbadselves of fundamentals.

As it got narrower and narrower of waist, I became cognizant of the fact that the piece was not going to encompass the entire length of the log – it would get way too narrow. Well enough, said I. I found a bottom that would leave enough of this beautiful wood for another piece, be it a bowl, a lidded jar, whatnot.

So here’s the progress. (In case anyone is experiencing befuddlement over my use of the term “corkscrewing,” it’s evident in this first photo – the diagonal gouging. It’s been the bane of my turning existence.)

The future victim.

Sanding and polishing. Nothing applied, yet. You can see, faintly, in these last few photos, the marbling in the wood that I really do want, badly, to emphasize in the finish. There’s a single small and shallow wormhole that I intend to leave alone, and, thank God, not a single crack anywhere. As I come to this realization, and the fact that it’s the last (I’m pretty sure) of my Cape Chestnut, this piece just took on a whole new level of seriousness for me. I’ll try hard not to screw it up.

There’s where we stand.
Going forward, I have worries about the hollowing. To wit: The top end – the lip end – is 13-3/4” from the chuck, as it sits, attached to the “next victim.” This may be asking for trouble in the hollowing. If, on the other hand, I separate it, so that I can mount it in the chuck directly, putting the lip only 8” out, this presents a new problem: After hollowing and finishing the inside, I can’t see re-mounting it by the delicate lip in order to finish off the bottom.
A-cogitating I go.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 04-01-2018 11:29 PM

I think you might need to acquire a steady rest. That would help with the hollowing and also add support for reverse chucking into a jam chuck.

The vase is looking great. I hope the marbling really pops with the finish.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-02-2018 04:09 AM

Sorry about the length, You met a Murphy challenge and earned your mojo!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 04-02-2018 04:34 AM

I think you have already figured it out. Looking good.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 04-02-2018 06:58 AM

Lew, you may recall that, sometime back, I built a steady rest. I don’t trust it.
I need a new lathe. A modern one. My SS is talking about breaking down again. The speed control came apart, again, while working on this piece. It’s stuck on about 1000 rpm. I don’t have it in me to fix it again.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 04-02-2018 08:15 AM

Those SS can be cantankerous beasts! What is it about your steady rest that troubles you? Awaiting the results of your cognating, Mark!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 04-02-2018 03:50 PM

Sorry, I forgot about that (terminal CRS). My steady rest has, on occasion, failed me, also. Had a nasty catch and it knocked the wheel supports all askew. I realized that it was more my fault for using an inappropriate tool for hollowing. Not trying to push a specific manufacturer but I got an Easy Wood Tools #1 hollower. The cutter is quite small which really reduces the chance of a catch when hollowing. The #1 has a straight profile which is great for slender vases and similar hollow forms.If you get a chance to try one, I think you’ll love it.

Sorry to hear about the Shop Smith. Replacing a machine is love/hate type deal. None of the jigs, accessories and helpers are going to fit the new one. It’s like starting from scratch.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 04-02-2018 11:31 PM

Hey Mark, when I do hollowing I find it helps a lot to use a boring tool.
You can use a drill chuck for a lathe & augers & forstner bits with extension rods
You need to grind off the thread on the auger so it doesn’t want to pull the auger into the job too fast.
Anyway, sorry this is probably something you already know.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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