Maple HF w/ Finial

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Project by puzzled posted 04-28-2008 04:26 PM 1579 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest hollow form. I made a laser guided hollowing tool at my dad’s shop a few weeks ago and this is my first hf with that tool. I added a really tall finial just to give it alittle something extra and finished it with 8 coats of Krylon UV clear gloss.

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#1 posted 04-28-2008 05:08 PM

Pretty nice! Great choice of wood.

I’d like to hear more about that laser thing.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-28-2008 05:13 PM

The maple that you chose for this project has some really nice character. I agree with Gary about the hollowing tool. As a tool junkie this does sound interesting.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-28-2008 05:15 PM

Gorgeous hollow form turning. I also would like to hear more about the laser guided tool.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 04-28-2008 05:54 PM

Nice job!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 04-28-2008 06:15 PM

Beutiful yes …please tell us more about the Laser tool
and I just finished that book ….”Playing for Pizza” it was cute …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#6 posted 04-28-2008 06:53 PM

Thanks for the great comments. There are a lot of companies that make these tools, so I cannot take credit for the design, but I didn’t want to pay for one and I had all of the materials available to me, so I just made it.
My tool is based on this picture..Hollowing Tool The laser pointer came from office max and I use a thumb screw to turn it on and off. The laser points down on the outside of the piece, thus allowing you to see where the cutter is inside the piece. If you want the wall thickness to be 1/8”, then you turn the laser on, set it 1/8” away from the tip of the cutter….I take a business card that has 1/8”, 1/4” and 1/2” marks on it and gauge off of that. Then you tighten the laser arm down and start cutting. Once the laser disappears from the outside of the wood, then you know the wall is 1/8” thick. I will take some pictures tonight and post them tomorrow.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#7 posted 04-28-2008 07:16 PM

Beuatiful piece!

How long do you have to rub it before the genie appears? :-)

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#8 posted 04-28-2008 09:00 PM

That’s pretty smart. cool turning, nice wood

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#9 posted 04-29-2008 06:49 AM

Excellent craftsmanship. I really like the piece.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 07-31-2008 10:51 PM

Great choice of wood.Excellent craftsmanship

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