No, I'm not talking about a sprained muscle or something.
Some of you may recall a bunya pine vessel I made a while back. I wasn't happy with the way the rim came out, so a few days after posting the pics, it went back into the shop for trimming.
The first trick was to mount it on the lathe. Since the bottom had the pith of the log (and some small cracks in it) I didn't use the vacuum chuck. Actually, I did use the chuck, just not the vacuum pump. I put the base of the vessel in the padded vacuum chuck, then jammed it in place with a 3" or so diameter dowel attached to the tailstock with a scroll chuck on the live center. (Shoulda taken some pics. My bad.)
After it was mounted, I still didn't want to risk blowing it up, so I marked a line around the rim with a pencil, then used a fine-toothed flush cut saw to trim a bit off the rim. I finally powered up the lathe to sand the rim smooth, then re-did the finish on the rim, and it was done.
Here's the outcome:
I'm glad I took a few quick pics of it after the modification, since it sold the next weekend. I do like the revised rim better, and have some ideas for the next piece of similar wood, whenever it happens to cross my path.
So what's your vote? Before or after?