Getting the blanks ready

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Blog entry by jeffthewoodwacker posted 07-25-2010 04:26 AM 1509 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got some time to break one of the big pieces of sugar maple up into turning blanks. Here are the five big blanks that I chainsawed from the log. One of these will be turned into an Indian style pot, three into hollow forms and one into a large platter. The tall blank is 20 inches across. These will now go into the shop and get trimmed to size on the bandsaw.

Here is the blank that I will turn into an Indian style pot. It was cut to size on the bandsaw, turned between centers to true it up, a tenon was turned for the chuck and then the blank was attached to the chuck. I have spent about an hour turning the blank into the shape I want.

I have started to hollow out the inside of this vessel and will continue until I have a uniform wall thickness of 3/16 inch. The piece is 14 inches across and 8 inches deep – there will be quite a pile of shavings by the time I finish this up. I have not touched this piece with sandpaper yet.

The piece was hollowed down to a thickness of 3/16 inch and I decided to quit for the night. I wrapped a damp towel around the outside of the piece, filled the inside up with shavings and wrapped the entire thing up in a big plastic bag – it is still mounted on the lathe. I will sand the entire piece through 320 grit tomorrow and then do some detail work on it with my homemade woodburner.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 07-25-2010 04:43 AM

Jeff: looking great. Nice job on the rough out.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-25-2010 06:14 AM

Nice looking start and the wood looks super!

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

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#3 posted 07-25-2010 07:19 AM

Very cool! I love to see the original logs things come from. This will be fun to watch you finish up. It looks very pretty so far.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 07-25-2010 11:09 AM

NICE!! I really like the grain. It is really going to pop with the finish.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 07-25-2010 01:05 PM

Good work Jeff. I’m drooling over your Powermatic lathe.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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