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    Decided it's time for a vase

    Well it's been a while since I've turned a tall vase so I figured I'd get to it. Don't want to use a hollowing rig....just go the old fashioned way with a big stick.
    This is Bertha's big sister...made it a few years ago. Basically an old shovel handle that I cut off and inserted a hefty piece of steel deep inside. The shaft takes 3/8" cutters that I make out of old printer drive shafts. She's 3 feet long and gives me plenty of control even with deep hollowing.
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    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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    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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    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 mark my desired depth on the hollowing tool
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    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 drill bit until I get to the bottom
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    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 leverage when I'm really deep. In this case...11 inches.
    Then after hollowing is complete, I clean up the inside and the mouth to my desired thickness
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    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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    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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    Another beauty, Sir! I'm in awe of how productive you are - every week you turn out (pun intended ) another beautiful piece!
    Fred
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    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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    Good form and well documented! It's good to see you posting again John!
    Ken

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    Thanks Ken. Nice to see you again my friend. Been gone too long.
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    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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    Here's after the lacquer. It'll need one more coat after curing
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    Very nicely done, the vase and the pictorial. Thanks for taking the time to post it. I really like your steady rest. Simple and functional. What size is the square tubing that forms the ring ?

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