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Project by bushmaster posted 03-30-2020 02:26 AM 1150 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on a YELLOW CEDAR log section that a friend gave me with hollow turning projects. developing new skills and having a great time while I have bee building a wood lathe for a friend. It is complete, he turned his first bowl as a test run and took it home to set up.
The hollow turnings I have made I have used my large four point steady rest, hollowing out as much as I dared, then removing it to finish up with the lazer pointer. I needed a steady rest that did not interfere with the lazer beam. How do you people that do hollow tuning solve this problem.
This is what I came up with, based on the principle of my first one that was super strong and bullet proof.

For the arms I used the same principle of the first one, tapered locking arms, this time I used a slot and one fine threaded bolt.

To learn more about this steady rest, it can be viewed by using this link

This steady rest is very easy to build, strong, and gives an open area for the lazer beam..
It worked very well hollowing out this project, used a round nosed lathe bit and got a relatively smooth surface on the inside with confidence of not cutting through.

The foot and finial was also fun to make. Both from one piece of wood even though it shows two colors.

Ŧhanks for looking, comment appreciated. Stay safe everyone..

The new lathe

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 03-30-2020 02:50 AM

Wow, you sure are getting good at the fancy stuff Brian. Yellow Cedar is sure nice.

The new lathe looks very sturdy and your friend is well on his way to joining us on LJs.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 03-30-2020 03:32 AM

Wow, Brian.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 03-30-2020 03:43 AM

Excellent work Brian.

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

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#4 posted 03-30-2020 04:41 AM

Beautiful piece , Brian!!

Cheers, jim

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

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#5 posted 03-30-2020 05:43 AM

Brain, While I in ore of your wood turning skills which are WOW,
The best part of this post is the SMILE ON YOUR FRIENDS FACES with his new wood lathe….priceless!!

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

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#6 posted 03-30-2020 06:22 AM

2x Nice, vase and lathe. Well done sir.


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#7 posted 03-30-2020 09:19 AM

Beautiful piece….Also very difficult to make for amateurs like me…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 03-30-2020 11:40 AM

Nice work, once more. keep on making some more, and I think that it sure smells good in the shop for days after you ‘ve finished.

-- andrek

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#9 posted 03-30-2020 11:59 AM

Very nice indeed!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 03-30-2020 11:59 AM

stunning vessel and great video

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 03-30-2020 02:06 PM

Awesome turning.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 03-30-2020 05:16 PM

Your usual!


I bet you played with your tractor to load that lathe too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#13 posted 03-30-2020 09:47 PM

Real nice piece.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#14 posted 03-31-2020 02:24 AM

Beautiful turning. That is a monster of a lathe.

-- Julian

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#15 posted 03-31-2020 09:01 AM

Geez Brian, that makes my centre steady look like a WUSS.

Love the piece.


-- 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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