The FIRST Vase using the new lathe and steady rest. Procedure and how I sanded the inside. TIPS.

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Project by bushmaster posted 05-05-2016 03:53 AM 2080 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project I completed on the Scrap Iron Lathe, using the steady rest that had to be made to complete the project. These where explained with videos in the previous two posts. Just two pictures of the completed vase, same from all sides. The wood is a piece of pure white birch, I wanted to try dying it but thought the white was so pure I had better leave it that way and not screw it up, just added burn rings to jass it up. The picture doesn’t show the grain but there is a neat pattern. The other pictures show different postions I had to use with the steady rest, Last used a face plate mount it to the tail stock, I was going to lathe a wood plug but discovered the face plate just fit in the tapered hole.
I will now show how I hollowed it as I do not have hollowing tools. First I drilled out the center with two forester bits, start a recess with a large one then drill a smaller one. Later come back and use the larger one, since you have the recess cut for the bigger one it starts OK, don’t need the center. End grain on a 2 inch hole is two hard to cut in one pass.

I had to make a drill extender of course out of some scrap metal I had.

Then since I didn’t have hollowing tools I needed a tool rest that would fit inside the hole, scrap metal to the rescue

The tools that I used to get inside the vase was a lathe tool with a circular carbide tip and a boring bar from the metal lathe with a pipe extender for a handle ( More info on video link in preceding post), They did the job in a fashion and left a very rough surface so I wanted to sand it sorta smooth, I developed a way which may be useful to someone or maybe you can tell me of a better way, I started out with a flap of 24 grit sandpaper powered by a drill. It didn’t do the job, time to modify, so I fastened a piece of white packing foam to the large dowel part and secured the flap with a screw. It worked better, and soon discovered the drill idea was useless. Just turn the lathe to a higher speed and sand. Better to use a piece of broom handle for the smaller dowel. I used 2 inch lathe turned dowel for the large part, cut a slot and with friction fit just turn the one to lock the sandpaper to the center of the tool.

Sanpaper used is cloth backed stuff used for sanding belts, I
used several grades and it worked very well, maybe someone has a better idea.

Anyway, doing this project has been a learning curve for me, and thought I would share my ideas with you and hope to learn better ones from you.
I really like the finished vase and enjoyed making it for the first time with equipement I made. Next project….. A friend brought me a tree trunk from Manitoba and will try something simular.

Thanks for looking, I was happy to share, If you have ideas to help me I would appreciate it, comments welcome of course. Have a nice day, had snow to timberline on the mountain last night. In full sun now.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 05-05-2016 04:10 AM

Wow that turned out real nice Brian. The Birch is so white I thought it was dyed or painted.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 05-05-2016 04:56 AM

You’ve done yourself proud Brian, The vase is beautiful and a huge credit to your skill & woodworking talent…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 05-05-2016 05:42 AM

I don’t know why I get so surprised when I see such artistry coming out of the minds of such practical people, but, there you have it.

Life’s short. Eat good ice cream.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 05-05-2016 06:05 AM

Realy incredible and professional work. Those additional photos are very useful and well present the process.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 05-05-2016 07:51 AM

Excellent, I can’t think of a better way to do any of the “Chores”.
Well done mate.
\Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 05-05-2016 09:04 AM

Great job the steady looks like it did a great job and worked well. Well worth the time and effort making it

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#7 posted 05-05-2016 11:20 AM

Excellent vase, Brian. It is great to get to use that steady rest too!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 05-06-2016 09:13 AM

Beautiful work, congrats!

-- Think, make and share.

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#9 posted 05-07-2016 12:17 PM

Beautiful vase Brian. That first picture looks like you turned it from a bowling pin :-)

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