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    Thanks Tim :) It was pretty fun to get back to...

    Thanks Tim :)
    It was pretty fun to get back to hollowing. A little un-nerving but just like riding a bike
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    Hey Tim...nice to see you. And thank you. ...

    Hey Tim...nice to see you. And thank you.
    Yup...made the finials. It's polycarbonate. It's what they call bullet proof glass. Got a sheet that was supposed to be a security window. It's a...
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    Just visited their site and browsed the Pro Forme...

    Just visited their site and browsed the Pro Forme tools. Actually looks perfect. Heck, I haven't spent any money in a long time. Maybe I oughta splurge just a little!!! :)
    Thanks for the tip Mr....
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    I know nothing of your VFD circuitry....but the...

    I know nothing of your VFD circuitry....but the behavior you describe is like that of a bi-metal thermal protector....which I do know a bit about. They are designed to cut out when high currents...
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    Thanks Tom :) WOP is a fairly easy finish to...

    Thanks Tom :)
    WOP is a fairly easy finish to apply....Long ago I applied BLO to pop the grain, but don't anymore. If I remember correctly it was because I had a beautiful piece with like 4...
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    Thanks Bill! I used a couple of hollowing...

    Thanks Bill!
    I used a couple of hollowing tools...One that I made (that I call Bertha's Big Sister)
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    And I have a Sorby hollow master that takes care of the full shoulder (don't have a...
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    Thanks Robert :) Yup, I love to explore and...

    Thanks Robert :) Yup, I love to explore and learn new things. It might take a little more time but I think our personal style is the reward. (unfortunately my personal style looks like a sea...
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    Oh yeah....don't let it discourage you. Beating...

    Oh yeah....don't let it discourage you. Beating the cracks is all a part of the game. Turning dried wood is nice because you don't have to fight the movement in the wood and go start to finish....
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    Maple Hollow Form

    It's been several years since I did a hollow form. But doing that ambrosia maple vase yesterday put me in the mood. This is from the same slab but lacks the beetle markings so I'll just call it...
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    Nope...that piece is officially firewood. It...

    Nope...that piece is officially firewood.
    It will fly apart regardless of any filler. Not to mention it'll continue to crack now
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    Welcome to the vortex Robert. You've just...

    Welcome to the vortex Robert. You've just experienced the nemesis of wood turning.
    When the green wood is thick like that and the end grain is not sealed, the ends immediately start to form...
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    Thanks John....I'm gonna give it a try the next...

    Thanks John....I'm gonna give it a try the next time I do a bowl. Looks and sounds perfect.
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    Thanks Robert. Love documenting the work...

    Thanks Robert. Love documenting the work although I tend to get involved in the turning and sometimes leave out key steps.
    As far as the steady rest...this piece has given me opportunities that I...
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    Here's after the lacquer. It'll need one more...

    Here's after the lacquer. It'll need one more coat after curing
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    Interesting, John. Sounds great. Do you have to...

    Interesting, John. Sounds great. Do you have to clean up any indentations left behind by the chuck jaws after turning around?
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    Not impressed with the clear enamel. It dries...

    Not impressed with the clear enamel. It dries fast but just ain't the cat's meow.
    Sanded it off...switched to old reliable....lacquer. (hic) 'cuse me :)
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    Thanks Ken. Nice to see you again my friend. ...

    Thanks Ken. Nice to see you again my friend. Been gone too long.
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    Geez... thanks, Fred. :) Gonna make my head...

    Geez... thanks, Fred. :)
    Gonna make my head swell.
    I sure enjoy my time in the shop. Don't get much but try to make the best of it
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    Then on to finish. Using clear gloss enamel for...

    Then on to finish. Using clear gloss enamel for the first time. Have to see how it turns out
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    And that's it!!
    Thanks for peeking
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    Once the inside is done I remove the steady rest...

    Once the inside is done I remove the steady rest and finish up the pedestal and get all my sanding done.
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    Once I reach my mark on the tool shaft it's time...

    Once I reach my mark on the tool shaft it's time to hollow outward toward the profile. I'm shooting for a 3/8 to 1/4 inch wall.
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    I leave plenty of material on the mouth and neck to use as...
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    The hollowing tool also accommodates a 3/8...

    The hollowing tool also accommodates a 3/8 forstner bit so I can drill my guide hole deeper and deeper as I go
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    Basically I hollow just in the center alternating between the cutters and the...
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    Now it's ready for hollowing. I'm mounting it up...

    Now it's ready for hollowing. I'm mounting it up in my steady rest. A fine tool that Dennis Peacock made for me years ago.
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    Drill a hole to get things started
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    And I also want to...
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    First thing is to cut the basic profile. Using a...

    First thing is to cut the basic profile. Using a skew mostly and a bowl gouge for the neck.
    My main concern is to create a gentle curve up the length. No straight sections allowed
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    Today's experiment is with ambrosia maple. I...

    Today's experiment is with ambrosia maple. I have a 4" slab that has been drying for about 6 years.
    Cutting a 15" piece for this project.
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