Canarywood vase (bowl #26)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 10-20-2021 05:36 PM 536 views 0 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Turned this vase from canarywood, oriented so it was a spindle turning. It’s much more pleasant being able to use skews to finish.

Finished with Ack’s Polishing Paste. I’ve heard good things, but I’m not sure i like it more than my homemade friction finish.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 10-20-2021 05:52 PM

good looking vase Dave. I don’t know right from left about turning but I do like the vertical grain pattern

-- 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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#2 posted 10-20-2021 06:05 PM

Looks great Dave!

Hope you took time to smell that wood, one of my favorites to work with (yummy! 8^)

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#3 posted 10-20-2021 06:11 PM

Wel Done Dave.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 10-20-2021 07:33 PM

Really nice Dave, great work with the skew, smooth finish. Any description on how you hollowed it out?

-- "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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#5 posted 10-20-2021 07:56 PM

Lovely. I’m not a turner, but love seeing everyone’s projects. Vases are so nice to fully showcase the wood.

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#6 posted 10-20-2021 07:57 PM

Looks good Dave, is the skew the final finished surface or sandpaper after?
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 10-20-2021 08:37 PM

Thanks, Dick! The grain this way is easier, I think.

Thanks, Splint! I didn’t notice it smelling especially good, but it’s been sitting for a while and wasn’t as wet as usual.

Thanks, Oldrivers!

Thanks, Tom! I used a 1.5” spade bit for most of the hollowing, then a monster 1” wide scraper with a sharp side. The inside is finished with a thin coat of epoxy, and a puddle in the bottom to fill the hole from the lead of the spade bit.

Thanks, Barb!

Mads, I sanded a small bit, but mostly because I had a few drips of epoxy on the outside of the vase after finishing the inside. Oops! Also, I used Ack’s abrasive paste before the polishing paste, and it sands the surface a bit when applied with a rag.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 10-20-2021 08:56 PM

That timber has beautiful grain Dave, you’ve certainly done a good job on the vase.

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

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#9 posted 10-20-2021 08:58 PM

Thanks, Peter! I have one in big-leaf maple in progress at the moment too, that also has some wonderful grain. Sometime next week, I’ll probably get it finished. It was still too wet for any finish today, which was good because I also ran out of time.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 10-20-2021 10:06 PM

Lovely vase like the grain direction and the shape is pleasing. Nice work.

-- Ron

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#11 posted 10-21-2021 12:13 AM

Great job Dave. I love when the grain stands tall. I have to try some canarywood turning I have some laying round. Nice job using the skew .

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

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#12 posted 10-21-2021 12:54 AM

Nicely done Dave. Very clean lines. I think you have it right, hollow the depth out with a spade bit, for the bulk.

On my last few turnings, I drilled out the centers while I had a nice square block. It actually worked out well. I was able to flip the turning end for end and turn down to a smaller size with no worries about hitting the drive center. And using the live center on the tail is really nice to have.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#13 posted 10-21-2021 01:02 AM

real nice dave.i gotta get back to turning myself,first i gotta finish this tile job from hell.i need to make 6 bowls for xmas gifts.

-- 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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#14 posted 10-21-2021 01:18 AM

Sounds like Pottz needs to get busy.

As for tile, it can’t be that bad.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#15 posted 10-21-2021 01:32 AM

Thanks, Ron!

Thanks, Dave! I’m still not as good as I’d like to be, especially on the long concave curve, but I’m getting better,

Thanks, Eric! I shape the outside first, then figure out which spade bit I need for the width of the hole… length isn’t an issue as my spade bits won’t quite bottom out in a 6” blank, which is what I’ve been working with lately. I think the spade bits will all reach about 5¼ in, iirc.

Thanks, Pottz! Get busy, buddy!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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