Walnut hollow form start to finish

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Blog series by jeffthewoodwacker updated 10-09-2009 12:58 AM 4 parts 13117 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: Blank prep

10-05-2009 02:31 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 12 comments »

This will be an attempt to detail the steps I take to turn a hollow form. The wood that will be used is from some walnut that I was able to get early this year and has been stored in an old barn. This is the block of walnut after I have chain sawed it to rough shape. The piece is 14 inches across and 13 inches high. I have circle templates in various sizes made from 1/4” hardboard that I use to size my blanks before they go to the band saw. I used a 12” template nailed ...

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Part 2: Shaping the vessel

10-06-2009 12:29 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 8 comments »

I got an early start today as I want to finish this piece and get two more rough turned. Lumberjocks Steven and Roper both brought up good points about putting a plastic bag over the piece if it was going to sit overnight to prevent cracks and checks. Since this wood has been stored in the barn since early in the year I decided to not cover it and see what would happen. Inspected the piece this morning and there were no checks, cracks or splits – probably wouldn’t gamble again ...

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Part 3: Finish time

10-06-2009 04:54 PM by jeffthewoodwacker | 10 comments »

I was able to get two coats of clear gloss wipe on poly applied to the walnut hollow form yesterday. This morning I got an early start and applied the third and final coat. I will let this dry for a couple of days and then buff it out with the Beall system. I do track the time and expense that I put into each piece. For this project the wood was free and the only expense I had was in shop supplies and electricity. A total of 4 hours was spent on the entire project which included wood pre...

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Part 4: Monster Hollowing Rig

10-09-2009 12:58 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 4 comments »

A few of you asked for a picture of the monster hollowing rig with the laser attachment. I used this to hollow the walnut. This photo is the rig set up hollowing an oriental box.

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