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  1. Getting started I like to use a piece of straight grained wood wide enough that it can be cut in two square pieces and long enough to cut it in half and for the length of the vase. It takes four same size pieces to glue up a blank. Pick up the pieces and mark the ends. This is how the pieces will be oriented for the final turn. For the first turn twist the pieces so the inside corners face to the outside corners and glue them together. It takes just a small amount of glue on the very ends. Remember these pieces will have to be pried apart after the first turning. The marks should look like this and be glued in this manner. I like to use Vise Grip welding clamps. The pieces need to be as accurate as possible and I get less sliding of the parts with them.I add some quick clamps when the parts are stable. A strong tape can be added for extra hold. I have never experienced any breaks. You will also want to get the vase to use as an insert. I chose this copper vase. The bottom is bigger than the top so I chucked it in the lathe and cut the base off leaving a smaller foot. Now it is time to mount it on the lathe between centers and mark where the vase insert bottom will be. I usually give the top some wiggle room and turn the wood back to fit. I decide where I want the window to be and mark that. It was about five inches from the bottom mark in this case. Measure the vase diameter and cut half that distance deep from the corner. This will create a platform for the vast to sit on and capture it from moving. You want to turn completely round the part in between the marks too. I left a 1/4" shoulder for the vase foot. Right now the windows are still closed. Anything turned of now will open the windows by "twice" the amount turned off. I want an oval shaped window so I marked the center of the oval and used the parting tool to cut the depth I wanted. Now finish turn the half oval and sand it. Now you can add some embellishments such as burn lines and apply the finish. The inside can be coated with finish when the vase is done but it is more difficult. When the finish is dry split the pieces apart. I like to use a thin knife for this operation. It is time to turn the pieces back to their original positions and glue them. Use all the available surface area as they will stay this way now. Here is half of it and you can see the platform for the vase foot. Once the glue is dry mount it on the lathe between centers. Turn the corners off and form a spigot on the bottom for the lathe jaws to grab onto. Remove it from the lathe, install your chuck and mount the piece in the chuck. Drill a suitable hole in the end for the vase and then use your turning tools to fit the vase. A little tip. Sanding sleeves from the oscillating sanders work well for holes your fingers don't fit. Bring your tail stock up with the live center and turn the vase to the shape you want. I added some burn lines and fit a copper foot to it. Put the finish on and you're done. When turning the inside of the vase you can go as deep as you want. Just remember the remaining wood vanes get smaller the deeper you go making it more fragile. Too far is when the blank brakes and that happens when you hit center.
  2. I was reorganizing some storage in the basement and ran across some pieces of copper pipe and the light bulb in my head lit up. Could I just use a piece as an insert in a vase. The answer is, yes I can. I cut a piece and put it on the lathe and polished it up, made a plug for the bottom and used a piece of plastic counter top to make a bushing/spacer for the top and polished it. This is a much better idea since it can be cut to the length of the wood on hand and no searching for and altering vases to fit. Any tubing can be used such as copper, brass, aluminum and stainless steel. When turning the inside I goofed up and knocked the corners off what was to be the top of the vase. I thought no big deal I am going to put a hole there for a vase. I got it glued together and found putting it between centers wasn't going to work because the center was gone. My solution was to cut a piece of Masonite and stick it on the top. Worked out perfectly. Got it rough turned and cut the spigot for the chuck. Mounted it in the chuck and finished turning it. Put the finish on and here it is. Used the copper foot from the vase in the tutorial. Note that the base can also be made of your choice of wood.
  3. Thanks everyone for participating in the Christmas Raffle and helping us reach our goal. You folks are the best!!! Our Patriot Turners- @gerald has completed a gaggle of Christmas bell ornaments. All colors, shapes and sizes- Our turners had high praise for these awesome items- Check out the picture closely for a really neat idea for painters points. I'm gonna have to borrow this one! @HandyDan turned some "Inside-Out" vases. He also added metal inserts to make the vases functional as well as beautiful. Dan posted a nice tutorial on how he did these- @DAB used some more of his old pine beam to create a couple of sweet little bowls. The color of that pine is really nice. Check his post for his explanation and where these bowls will eventually find a home- @FlGatorwood shared a couple of images of his son doing some lathe work. I think we have another member for our turners forum! Check out his post- @John Morris posted a cool image, on Monday, in the "Good Monday Morning...." post. I'm guessing this was before OSHA- Check out the post at- What’s Coming Up- Week Long Turning Class with Mark Gardner at Florida School of Woodwork Florida School of Woodwork, 1609 N. Franklin St, Tampa, Florida 33602 Contact: Kate Swann kate@schoolofwoodwork.com 813-223-3490 For The Newbies- I don't enjoy reading but that's just me. I have books on turning but get more from the pictures than the written words. Picked this off of another site. I HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK. Just offering it as a possibility. Click on the image for the link to Amazon.com Expand Your Horizons- Carl Jacobson recently used the new Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools) to create a hybrid lidded box. From the video, you can see how these new cutters leave a really smooth surface. New Turning Items- This is a continuation of a product that caught my eye in a Rick Turns video a while back. @Gerald was a very good boy this year. So good that Santa dropped of the offset turning jig early! Gerald talks a little about the jig in this post- Everything Else- Finished up most of the Christmas presents. My Mom has difficulty holding those slim, slippery plastic pens. We thought maybe a fatter, wooden pen might help. I bought a "Cigar Pen" kit from Woodcraft and turned it from (I think) Cocobolo. Made the business end a little fatter than the typical pen shape, sanded to 5000 and finished it with danish oil and wax. Safe turning
  4. Been working on some inside-out vases for a couple weeks. They're done. These are for my brothers and sisters. Next weekend is the family party and we will use these as the center pieces. I have been collecting some metal vases at the Restore and reused them as inserts to make them capable to hold water for real flowers. Most of them had to have their bottoms cut off to make them smaller than the bodies of and the tops. I fit each one individually to there respective turning. Some of them had a top that was smaller than the body. For them I made a bushing from plastic counter top material. There are six of these and I made six smaller ones for some friends. I had another one on the lathe and finished it today and still have a few more glued up but these will fill my Christmas list. Most of them are made from from some fir panel doors in a 100 year old house.
  5. My wife does a lot of crocheting, knitting, etc. She keeps her knitting needles and hooks in containers that I make. She loves the exotic woods and wanted a new one that she sized for me that is about 4" high. I found some Purple hart and I'm not sure what the other wood is. I put felt on the bottom of the hole and under the base. She is happy, happy wife, happy life
  6. OK Ladies and Gentlemen, only 16 days left to raise $412 for our Gold Star family. Please head over to- https://raffles.ticketprinting.com/raffle/6605-Adopt-A-Gold-Star-Family-For-Christmas-Project-2017/ Let's make this a special Christmas for these kids! @Steve Krumanaker posted an absolutely fantastic walnut vase. He talks about the process and finish here- @Ron Altier asked a great question about adhesives. He wants to glue acrylic to wood. Currently he is using CA but was looking for other options. @HandyDan was cruising the Habitat Restore and found a couple of bottle stoppers. He remade them into a couple of beautiful gifts Read more about his find and what he did, here- Tim Yoder has a two part video on turning an LED christmas tree- Pretty Cool The second part is linked on his YouTube page. A couple of our turners make birdhouse christmas ornaments. Here the first part of a two part video from Mike Peace showing how he does it. The second part is linked on his YouTube page- I think I have my last 2 Christmas presents done- unless Mimi adds more. These are "cake platters" or "cake servers". Made from hard maple with a little walnut on the bases. The texturing was done with a Sorby spiral/texture tool. Then acrylic hobby paint to fill the recesses. Sanded away the excess paint. A bunch of applications of rattle can lacquer. These are about 12" in diameter and 5" high. Except for the texturing, these were made entirely with Easy Wood Tools @Jim from Easy Wood Tools! Safe turning
  7. Some may remember I posted pictures of a hollow form I was drilling and the forstner bit got stuck deep inside. Happily, I eventually got the bit unstuck and was able to continue. Even more happily, the vessel was dry enough to finish this week. Here it is, third coat of oil just applied. It will probably get two or three more coats before I'm done. Keep in mind, the oil is freshly applied so it will lose a little shine. It's about 14" tall and 12" major diameter. I have to tell you I was nervous, nervous while turning off the bottom. Afraid I was going to through. Walnut, what can you say? Steve
  8. I knew I wasn't loco! So folks do take a log and turn it into a vase!
  9. Gerald

    Bradford Pear Vases

    From the album: Hollow Forms

    Bradford Pear dyed . Made the pair for my DIL
  10. Gerald

    Carved Cherry Vase

    From the album: Hollow Forms

    turned and then carved with burn in on fold to add depth
  11. Finally got to try a deep hollow form, not real deep, about 13". First time I've tried something like this and there is lots to learn. The laser diode I was using wasn't the best choice and it wouldn't stay in one spot. Because of that and my own inexperience this piece is just too thin in a couple areas. It won't get much sanding because there is a very real possibility of sanding through. Still, for a first effort, I've got to be happy with the results. I also know there is a lot of room for improvement, especially in the form and getting a consistent thickness. Anyway, here is my first effort and a short video of the hollowing process. The base could be a little smaller and the funnel could also be smaller I think. I was surprised how difficult the big cove was to do and I can see there is room for improvement there as well. Wife says she loves it and I have to finish it but you know how they are. Thanks for looking Steve
  12. Several years ago, an oriental shrub in my yard froze and died. It sat there for a year before I took it out. The dia was less than 3". I cut it down and noticed some unusual grain, so I saved the largest piece I could. I turned it down to a small vase that my wife keeps needles and pins in. Don't know the shrub name, but do remember that the small limbs hung over like a weeping willow. Sure wish I had a lot more of that wood.
  13. Here is another inside out turned vase. I used some brass components found at the thrift store and polished on the lathe. It is about eight inches overall and the wood is Poplar. Used a different window design but think a wider window would show the brass insert better. I got a small photo booth in the tools I bought at auction but is was a bit too small for this vase. Took this picture with the set up I have had for a while.
  14. Moving on to bigger things in inside out turning. This vase is 9" tall overall. The inside out turning is old growth Fir and the base is Purple Heart. The insert is removable and can be removed for cleaning and makes it possible to use fresh flowers with water if desired.
  15. I turned this a long time ago. A friend gave me a piece of wood he retrieved from an old train depot that was being torn down. It was over 100 years old. It looked like it had some interesting grain patterns. I cut it up to glue it and was very surprised, it still had sap in it. I doubted it was that old, but was told than the yellow pine does that?????? Anyway I think I used gorilla glue to glue it because it will set in something like that. It did come kinda nice. Still wonder about it.
  16. I wondered what it would look like if I bored holes in a block of walnut, glued in Maple dowels and turned it into a vase. It came out nice and the dowels made a great design that was uniform in shape and highlights the vase. Deeper cuts will also change the shape. I have plans to use other woods, but it will have to be a round toit.
  17. This is one of my better turnings. I had a piece of firewood from an old apple tree and saw some spalting in it. I combined some exotic wood rings in it and it came out beautiful. I am not good enough to hollow out something like this and if I was, the spalted apple would not holdup, it was pithy.
  18. Steve Krumanaker


    From the album: Steve Krumanaker

    The bottom with "phicops in a circle" and stippling for shadow
  19. Gerald

    Eucalyptus Vase

    From the album: Hollow Forms

    Eucalyptus has a story. This is the regular side on the other side iot is spalted. Was working on this and I left in a plastic bag and the down side spalted but not the top.
  20. I used some spalted Apple, yellow hart and Paduk to make this one. I am not good enough to hollow it out, but neither was the spalted Apple. I was worried that it would not hold up when I was turning it. My wife said this was a keeper. My daughter took one look and said, "Dad, I love this one" my wife nodded and I gave it to her.
  21. Last winter we had new siding put on the house. The shrubs were here when we moved in and were over 50 years old. They were pretty ragged looking so we decided to remove them. I like to make something lasting from things we have removed so I salvaged a bases of one of the shrubs- the one at the corner of the house- After trimming it up, I had - Mounting it on a face plate for initial turning- Then on to the lathe- Next, shape it- Typically, I create a recess in the bottom of a turning which will later become part of the foot. The blank was pretty small so I went with a tenon- Once I was satisfied with the outside shape, I removed the face plate and mounted the chuck and added the blank. I always wanted to experiment with a turning that was not "whole". The dark area was definitely deep enough that it was going to open up as I hollowed the piece. Next, I set the depth for the inside hollow- Hogging out the inside of the turning- As we all know, the best laid plans of mice etc. etc.- an emergency! (Well not really but when the Mrs. calls). It was obvious I wasn't going to get back to this turning today. Because the blank was fresh cut and quite wet, I was afraid it would split/warp before I could get back to it. I packed the turning in shavings and encapsulated the entire thing in a plastic bag. Three days later. Opened the bag and removed the shavings- I felt pretty good as the blank had not warped or split. Finished the inside. Checking the wall thickness as I went. As expected, the side of the turning opened up. However, light touches and sharp tools allowed for turning without incident. A little final shaping and on to the sanding. The outside was sanded using the Woodcraft 3" wavy system- I sanded it thru 4000 grit- The inside sanding started with a sanding ball made using instructions from Mr. David Reed Smith's site. Then finished up thru the grits by hand. The final step was to remove the chuck tenon. I used my shop made Longworth chuck to hold the turning- Then turned away the majority of the tenon leaving only a small nub The "extension" on the tail stock live center provides more working room and reduces the likelihood of the tools hitting the metal center point. Finally, turn off the little nub and sand- This is what I found hiding inside the piece of shrub The turning is about 5" tall and 6" in diameter at the top. The wall thickness is a little more than I usually make it- slightly less than 1/4" but i wasn't too sure how thin I could go with the side being partially open. Thought about several different possible finishes. Ended up using a couple of layers of Johnson's paste wax. Thanks for looking!
  22. my first vase off the lathe. Just a few pieces of wood in this one more to learn and more to follow.
  23. ​I had an old piece of spalted Apple and my wife wanted a small vase to put her special scissors in. I made it the size she wanted, its about 5" high. It sure had a lot of beauty in in. The pictures just show 2 sides. It has old worm holes too. The final touch will to add a tiny super magnet, where she wants it to put her needles on.
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