LARGE VASE, released from and ELECTRIC POLE, featuring new lazer

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Project by bushmaster posted 01-20-2019 08:03 PM 1347 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just got a new lazer pointer and wanted to try it out, making a new hollow turning. Looked around for another seasoned block of wood then remembered I had towed an electric pole up to the yard last summer. When we moved to this property in the mid 70’s they had to put an electric line in, that is a long time ago, time for a replacement. I should be well seasoned after 40 plus years, but where is it. Looked for a hump in the snow, found it and dug down, there it is.

Cut a generous block off, took it to the shop for a day or two to melt the snow and dry it out, then mount it on the lathe, slow speed and stand to one side, I put the points right on center, so slightly off center, nothing my scrap iron lathe could not handle.

Also had to try my new dust mask out from RZ Masks, best easy, comfortable, dusk mask I have ever used, look it up on the internet, and give them a try, you will not regret it.

Removing some wood it started to run smoother and was read for hollow turning stage.

Steady rest and bore a starter hole.

Using the first articulating arm I made, I chose it as it attached to the tailstock, very solid, something this size would really test it out. Worked well. despite some knots that where as hard as nails. could have used a longer boring bar when lathing near the bottom as the force increases dramatically as the fulcrum is reduced to about an inch. Took out allot of material before setting up the lazer. This is one powerful lazer, I can easily see the point at the end of our drive way a half a kilometer away.

Everything went smoothly to the finishing process, sanding, and a WOP finish. My original plan was to leave the center section with the weathering and marks left from the climbing spurs over the years. Even the burnt marks as a result of my foolishness. First spring we lived here I got the idea to burn the grass in the field. I looked around and the pole was on fire, I ran to use the phone but it had already burnt the phone wires off, I jumped in the car to go to town to use the phone, didn’t get hold of any one, by the time I got back the fire was out. I had thought the way it was burning, it would burn to the ground. Just burned up the surface chemicals I guess. I scraped what I could off to make it look better. It was not a good day, my wife was not impressed I have never burned grass there since.

View the process I went though to make this project, more information with pictures.

Thanks for looking, comments appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 01-20-2019 08:06 PM

Wow very nice.

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#2 posted 01-20-2019 08:44 PM

Great use of an old telephone pole!

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#3 posted 01-20-2019 08:45 PM

Very nice!

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#4 posted 01-20-2019 08:59 PM

Cold storage timber, what will Brian think of next, and the wood underneath that narley looking log is beautiful; top job sir.

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

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#5 posted 01-20-2019 09:08 PM

Very clever and well executed.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#6 posted 01-20-2019 11:22 PM

Absolutely what we have come to expect from you.

A very fine piece of work—well documented and explained too.

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#7 posted 01-20-2019 11:28 PM

Awesome Brian! I love it.

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#8 posted 01-21-2019 12:13 AM

Nice work, Brian. Very well centerd to save that natural outer edge! I see you are giving the articulated boring bar a work out!!

Cheers, Jim

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#9 posted 01-21-2019 02:18 AM

I really like how the raw center section contrasts with the excellent form of the turning! You mention that it has a “WOP” finish. What does WOP stand for? Wax Over Polyurethane?

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#10 posted 01-21-2019 03:42 AM

I really like how the raw center section contrasts with the excellent form of the turning! You mention that it has a “WOP” finish. What does WOP stand for? Wax Over Polyurethane?

- WaffleM

Thanks for the comment, WOP stands for WIPE ON POLY, It is a MINWAX product, Great for smaller projects, I see allot of folk use it here and refer to it as WOP, \no brushes needed, just lots of thin coats. This was done with GLOSS but is a available in SEMI-GLOSS as well

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 01-21-2019 03:50 AM

Great use of an old telephone pole!

- CharlieK

I have also refereed to them as telephone poles, they where the first poles put up before electricity was distributed.
Thought would be more modern and call them electric poles as most telephone lines are buried now. Here we call them Hydro Poles because most of our electricity is produced by water power, in fact we even refer to electricity as Hydro

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 01-21-2019 04:32 AM

These type of turnings intrigue me. Nice work.

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#13 posted 01-21-2019 06:15 AM

Good story Brian, and a very good looking HF. Love the wood inside the pole. The laser and arm are working well!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#14 posted 01-21-2019 06:25 AM

Another great job Brian. I love the natural edge around the centre.
That lazer sure is bright.


-- 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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#15 posted 01-21-2019 01:44 PM

Smart move…to use old electric pole for vase…good work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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