Cat's Claw Acacia Hollow Form

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Project by scrappy posted 11-02-2011 05:05 AM 25478 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a hollow form I made from what I have been told is Cat’s Claw Acacia. ( Also known as Desert Holly )

It stand 5 1/2 inch tall X 5 inch diam. Turned to 1/4 thick walls.
After LOTS and LOTS of hand sanding, finished with several coats of Tung Oil/Varnish.

This was the first RAW Burl that I have ever turned. I met up with fellow LJ Rustfever in Sedona a couple of weeks ago. He knew a guy that gathers burls locally. I ended up buying several from the guy and this is the first to get turned. It was a LOT different starting with the rough root burl and not an all ready trimmed and shaped turning blank. Different, but LOTS of FUN!!!!!

This chunk of wood had worm holes, natural voids, and cracks all through it. Started with the wood between centers and shaped the outside. Once I got that done, I noticed a crack going all the way around the upper edge. I knew that if I tried to turn it as is it would blow the top off the hollow form so I glued the upper center in place, then made a cage to help hold it together and to give more support while hollowing the inside.

I mounted a piece of plywood to my turning plate, cut a shallow depression it the center to fit the bottom of the hollow form. Screwed a second piece of wood to it and turned a cup at to fit the top of the hollow form.
Drilled 4 holes for the bolts, separated the 2 pieces and mounted it all together. I still had the center mark on the end to help my keep the wood lined up as I was putting it in the cage and the depression in the plywood to center the bottom with.

This worked very well in holding the turning as I struggled to hollow it. When done I turned the piece around with the top against the turning plate and finished off the bottom of the piece.

Please leave all comments and suggestions/critiques. I am all ways trying to learn new things and your comments help me to improve my skills.

Thanks For Looking

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 11-02-2011 05:20 AM

almost perfect, a welcome addition to my life

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 05:41 AM

That’s a great piece. I’m amazed the you were able to turn it. That’s a very clever jig that you made. Well Done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 06:09 AM

Scrappy: I got a small piece of that wood from Iva a while back. It sure is beautiful and very unique.

A great turning.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 11-02-2011 06:10 AM

Nice! liittle piece of burl. smart Idea! for turning jig. thanks!

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#5 posted 11-02-2011 06:56 AM

Hi Scrappy Lovely piece of burl. For your first burl hollow form you have done very well and should giive yourself a pat on the back. The niice thing when turning pieces with voids is you can see the thickness easy when you stop the lath. Regards Roger in RSA

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#6 posted 11-02-2011 09:10 AM

Very nice piece and a clever jig. Well done.

-- Dave -

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#7 posted 11-02-2011 10:26 AM

Great job and what a good idea on the jig.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 11-02-2011 12:32 PM

great job,’s waaayyy cooolll !!!

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#9 posted 11-02-2011 02:23 PM

cool jig did you use your new turning tool? just want to know how it works
nice wood i need to get in touch with this guy could make for some nice box lids

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#10 posted 11-02-2011 02:35 PM

That is a great piece,Dan. It is amazing that it held together. I have blown piece apart with more holding that that one. I like your clamp setup for holding it for boring!!..................Jim

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

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#11 posted 11-02-2011 03:31 PM

Very impressive hollow form! I bet it was spooky urning it. Great craftsmanship and beautiful art form!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 11-02-2011 11:26 PM

Very nice work. I like the jig came up with. I could have used something like the other day when i pushed a piece to far and had a blow out.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#13 posted 11-02-2011 11:58 PM

Now here’s a man who worked things out before he turned the lathe on, well done Scrappy you made a great job with what you had to work with, well done :)

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

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#14 posted 11-03-2011 12:47 AM

Beautiful, Scrappy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 11-03-2011 01:06 AM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. I really enjoyed turning this even tho it was REAL SCARY!!!

The jig did help keep it steady as well as holding it together. Just had to take VERY light cuts so as to not put too much pressure.

Eddy, No. Had this turned on Friday and have been doing the finish since.

Thanks Again Everyone.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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