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Thread: Getting Back to my Roots

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Getting Back to my Roots

    Here's a piece of ash root burl that I used this weekend to test my new Ci1 and the Monster carbide tool.

    I've got lots of pics, so I'll spare you a lot of reading. Here's what I started with:

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    One side did have a bit of a flat spot on it for the faceplate:

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    A little work with my beater hand plane, and I had the faceplate mounted. The figure in the wood was real promising:

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    After I mounted in on the lathe, I spotted this hitchhiker. A garden slug from the back yard. He got to meet my friend Centrifugal Force shortly after this picture was taken:

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    Here's the blank, ready to beat on the Ci1:

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    Here we are about 40 minutes later. I was not hurrying or trying to see how hard I could push the lathe:

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    Continued in the next post...
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    After I got the tenon turned and that outside shape close to what I wanted, I reversed the blank and used a Forstner bit to give myself a pilot hole. Because of the placement of the bark inclusions on the blank, I opted to go for a closed form bowl. Think of it as a wide-mouthed hollow form:

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    I did much of the inside hollowing with the Ci1. I did stepped plunge cuts, in 1" or so increments, starting from the pilot hole and working my way towards the outside. Here's a shot from early in the process. You can see how cleanly the Ci1 was cutting:

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    I did a little of the undercutting with the Ci1, but it eventually got a bit dicey, so I switched to the Monster articulating arm with the round carbide cutter.

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    It has taken me a little while, but I'm starting to get the hang of the Monster carbide bit. I get my best results (so far) with the cutter at 90 degrees, parallel to the lathe bed, running the speed as fast as I comfortably can.

    I left the walls pretty thick for now. I'll see how much courage I can muster before I decide how thin I'll take it after it dries:

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    For now, it's bathing in DNA, and I'll know in a month or two how it's gonna finish out.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Tyler, Texas
    Cool pictoral, Vaughn! I love seeing how other folks do things.

    I do have to say, though, about the first picture...that blank is one ugly mother.

    I'm looking forward to seing how it "turns" out.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Boy, that one could really turn out () to be a real eye turner!

    Looking forward to this one, when it is done, for sure!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Well Vaughn, you have this monster in controle, a whole operation to get it this way, I enjoyed the pictures of the turning procedure.
    I'm waiting to see the finished product.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel
    Yipes that's a huge gap staring at you, bet it is a lot of fun to turn. Can't wait to see how this one turns out Vaughn.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Very impressive. I can see where the "courage" part is going to come in. Maybe you should just thin the top edge and leave the rest as is. Be a pity to have all go flying about the shop on the last cut.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    That is going to be a beauty when done. I can see the pucker factor is going to be high on this one.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Great work Vaughn!

    I suppose that when you are done you will carry it up to the precipice of a high rock outcropping overlooking the (asphalt) jungle, hold it up over your head and say. "Behold, the only thing greater than yourself." Or something like that.
    We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will. - Chuck Palahniuk

  10. #10
    Thanks for the pics Vaughn! Way to work that burl! Was that a local find? I take it you like the Ci-1? I'm seriously pondering getting one.

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