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Turned elm vase (bowl #12)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 03-19-2021 09:08 PM 622 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another piece of elm, this one 5×5x5, I think, though perhaps it was 4×4x5. I wanted to turn something vase-like, and I guess I succeeded, but it fought me the whole way. Twice I had part of the tenon on the bottom break while I was hollowing the vase, and I had to chuck the other end and turn a new tenon. Not all of those had the same center, so one side of the vase is noticeably thinner than the other. And I started getting tear-out in the end grain which almost tore through the side. I think I used about 1/2 oz of CA glue firming everything up and packing sawdust in the tear-out, but eventually I got something I liked. I may coat the inside with epoxy yet, but I may just leave it as it is. Finished with tung oil and shellac. And more than a few curse words.

The good bit is that I’m pretty sure I can now undercut sides and not make a complete mess of it. I used a bowl gouge and a round-nose scraper (with one side sharpened so it works well for smoothing the inside of a deep form), so I learned something about sharpening a scraper for a special purpose, and I am getting better with reaching way the heck inside things with my bowl gouges and not immediately getting a catch. So there’s that.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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crowie

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#1 posted 03-19-2021 09:17 PM

You’re getting good at turning Dave, well done sir

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

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#2 posted 03-19-2021 09:24 PM

That spiral effect is dynamite
Did you know ? or did it just happen ?

-- 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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#3 posted 03-19-2021 09:36 PM

Of the three bowls you posted, I like this one best. You should pretend you intended to do the varying wall thickness on purpose as this makes the bowl/vase very unique and interesting.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 03-19-2021 10:18 PM

Thanks, Peter. I learn from my mistakes, and I’ve been learning a lot!

I guessed/hoped that would work out that way, Dick. Since the blank was a cube, I pretty much had my choice of orientations, and kept turning it and staring at it and trying to figure what was going to work best.

Thanks, Brian! “I meant to do that!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJXU7EVXs2A

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 03-20-2021 12:13 AM

Alrighty Dave, yet another nice turning and new learning experiences. Keep up the good work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 03-20-2021 12:49 AM

Thanks, Tom!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 03-20-2021 01:00 AM

Another good looking Turning. I like the pattern on the sides, had to take a close look to see if it a spiral cut or if it’s the grain. Think it’s the grain, but not sure.

How was the Elm to turn?

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 03-20-2021 01:29 AM

Love the grain pattern.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 03-20-2021 01:31 AM

That’s the grain, Eric. The sides are basically two straight lines meeting at the waist.

I like the look of elm, but it’s kind of a pain to turn. I continually struggle to avoid tear-out going across the end grain of it. Probably that’s because I’m still learning, but walnut is sure a lot easier.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Eric

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#10 posted 03-20-2021 01:33 AM

I have always liked cherry and walnut, going to experiment with some others.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 03-20-2021 01:35 AM

Thanks, butcher.

Eric, I don’t have any thicker chunks of cherry, but I’ve got some apple that came from a tree in my front yard in Minneapolis. Going to dig into that one of these days.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 03-20-2021 01:41 AM

I bet that apple would be pretty.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 03-20-2021 02:06 AM

It’s the same tree that my beer tankard came from. And yeah, it’s pretty.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 03-20-2021 02:32 AM

I’m with recycle1943 on the grain. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#15 posted 03-20-2021 02:43 AM

nice one buddy.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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