Pecan hollowform

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Project by JamesVavra posted 05-11-2011 04:48 AM 1698 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 3rd successful hollowform. This one made from a pecan log that I stole from the smoker pile (the ribs and brisket will be unhappy with that decision, I’m sure). The piece if about six inches high and four inches at its widest point. The mouth is about an inch – the same size as I originally drilled it for once! The wall thickness appears to be pretty consistent at around 1/4” and the interior wall is reasonably smooth.

Turned end-grain and sanded to 1200, it’s finished with a heavily thinned coat of lacquer and then buffed out on my new beall buffing system.

Comments and critiques welcomed; thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 05-11-2011 05:06 AM

very nice vessel, the grain really pops.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#2 posted 05-11-2011 06:16 AM

Nice hollow form.Iit looks to be spalted too. I have gotten pecan in Az but never found spalted pecan. Thanks for sharing…........Jim

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

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#3 posted 05-11-2011 06:37 AM

Very nice hollow form, I’ll say you did good. I love pecan too. I also love a lot of other kinds of wood! Hickory, Rosewood, Cherry, Holly, Sweet Gum, Magnolia, there are others that I like too.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 05-11-2011 10:56 PM

Nice form James, well done :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 05-12-2011 12:45 AM

sense you got the walls to 1/4” thick, collect the mountain of chips for the smoker and the brisket wont even notice a messily 1/4” form is missing. : )
Beautiful form and extra fine smoking chips…. everybody wins.

Your pictures capture the beauty but I would like to see pictures down into the hollow. having never done this sort of turning i am curious what you are able to get the inside to look like.


-- Derek

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#6 posted 05-12-2011 03:47 PM

Thanks for the comments.

@Derek – I’m not sure I can get a photo of the inside, but I’ll try this evening.

I’ll tell you this though, it’s not smooth. If that was the outside, I’d need to spend some time with 80-grit paper to remove the ridges. As it is, I can’t get my finger with some sandpaper in very far so it’s just the underside of the mouth that got sanded. On the 2nd one I made, I can barely get my finger inside so I guess that’s the right sized hole (no one else would be able to fell how rough it is in there either!).


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#7 posted 05-12-2011 10:42 PM

This is beautifully done and looks wonderful. I like the design and the wood.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 05-13-2011 12:01 AM

I love it.
Best thoughts,

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

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