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Project by Eric posted 01-14-2022 12:48 AM 421 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First attempt of hollowing out a vessel. Started with a 3” cube of Maple, chucked up as a spindle. Recently purchased a Nova chuck, which I finally setup to give it a try. I did struggle a bit at first trying to setup the mortise.

I started this a few weeks back, when I started the hollowing, it was a real struggle, (probably since I was trying to cut into the end grain), so I put this on hold. At the time I did not have a drill chuck for the tail stock. Do now!

Received the drill chuck along with some micro hollowing carbides. And went back to it. Used a fostner bit to hog out the bulk of the material, (that worked well). Then on to checking out the hollowing tools, that did a decent job, still a little rough on the inside. Picked up a few pointers from some fellow LJ’s. (Thanks Guys).

Finished it up tonight, following those pointers. Finished the inside smooth using my standard lathe tools, sanding through 220. While this was chucked up I decided to put a coat of Danish Oil on it.

I’ll go back and add a few more coats over the next few days, but good enough for now. Overall I am pleased with how it turned out.

The cup is 2-5/8” diameter, 2-7/8” high, and the walls are 1/4” and it’s 2” deep.

The last two photos are the time lapse.

Now I need to get busy on the project for the turning swap.

Thanks for looking

-- Eric, building the dream





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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#1 posted 01-14-2022 01:35 AM

I think that cup turned out pretty cool. So, when working with something smaller like that on a lathe, is there a greater chance of something going wonky?

-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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pottz

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#2 posted 01-14-2022 01:37 AM

nice cup bud,a good warm for the main event !

-- 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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Eric

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#3 posted 01-14-2022 01:47 AM

Thanks Van, as for something going wonky, not sure. I think the bigger turnings have more of a chance there. At the moment I am taking it easy.

Thanks Pottz, trying get things warm, I came up with an idea that I want to try. Only 3 weeks before progress photos.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 01-14-2022 02:02 AM

Looks like a good first attempt, Eric. Simple shape, but it looks pretty clean. Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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pottz

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#5 posted 01-14-2022 02:04 AM



Thanks Van, as for something going wonky, not sure. I think the bigger turnings have more of a chance there. At the moment I am taking it easy.

Thanks Pottz, trying get things warm, I came up with an idea that I want to try. Only 3 weeks before progress photos.

- Eric


yeah what i started last weekend is looking good,ill get on it some more this weekend and hope all goes well.or it’s plan b,the ducks stick on a lathe to buy time-lol.

-- 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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Eric

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#6 posted 01-14-2022 02:13 AM

Thanks Dave, I decided to keep it simple, to get the feel if the chuck, then the tools.

Pottz, I learned using the Nova, leave the blank in place, had a hard time getting it spin correctly, even after marking it.

-- Eric, building the dream

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drsurfrat

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#7 posted 01-14-2022 04:16 AM

Nicely done. Every one you turn is a learning experience and adds to the next one…

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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Ivan

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#8 posted 01-14-2022 07:04 AM

Never easy to make any turnings…. very nice and cute shape

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Eric

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#9 posted 01-14-2022 11:03 AM

Thanks Mike, still plugging away at it, experimenting with the tool angle to see what works.

Thanks Ivan, I have turned spindles not many though. The hollowing part is new. I just need to think about the grain patterns as I do.

-- Eric, building the dream

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 01-14-2022 01:23 PM

It turned out nice Eric. Every turning is a new adventure of learning. Soon you will be diving into those hollowings like it’s butter no matter how you approach it. I still remember my first time trying to hollow out a bowl. It ended up a coaster. I keep it around till this day as a remembrance.

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

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Eric

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#11 posted 01-14-2022 10:06 PM

Thanks Dave D, I bet it does get easier. I have done a few set of coasters, but that is a shallow hollow. Cups, bowls, vessels are probably much harder, at least for now.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Eric

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#12 posted 01-15-2022 12:38 AM

This cup has some interesting grain on the sides.

Might explain my difficulty during the hollowing.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 01-15-2022 03:55 AM

Good looking cup, Eric. You are sure a prolifc poster too: 2.33 posts per day here on Lumberjocks

Cheers, Jim

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

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Eric

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#14 posted 01-15-2022 11:05 AM

Thanks Jim, it was a fun turn.

As for the postings, I check things out in the morning with my coffee, then again during the evening watching TV. It’s my social media outlet.

-- Eric, building the dream

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James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 01-15-2022 05:23 PM

It looks good to me. The grain changes probably caused the difficulty but it looks so nice.

-- James E McIntyre

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