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    Acacia Vase

    A while back I posted this peice when I was roughing it out on my Jet 1220. Well, now its finished (except for buffing it out). 17"x6.5". I put in on the big lathe to hollow it, and used a steady rest. I made a monster type tool to hollow it, but I could only get about a foot deep with the angled cutter on it. I should have made another one with the cutter coming straight out of the end (or drilled and tapped the opposite end of my existing rig for a dual-cool tool) but I ended up cheating and going through the bottom instead, to complete the hollowing. If it wasn't for the depressions the jaws made in the tennon (which I used for the plug) It would have ended up almost invisible. This species of Acacia is pretty light so the piece is quite light in weight. The collar is desert ironwood, of course. I used that big "ship auger" to drill out the center. It is 1.5"dia x17". It cuts through endgrain like butter, and the auger action carries the chips out so there is no binding or clogging. It is a Bosch I got on Amazon for $23. It seems to be a very high quality tool, and the info with it says the tip is hardened to cut through nails and staples. I just don't understand how them Chinese can make it that cheaply

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    Kea'au Hawaii. Just down the road from Hilo town!
    A very pretty piece Barry. Nice form.

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    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Very nicely done Barry!


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    Wow, that came out looking excellent, Barry. Great work with a beautiful piece of wood.
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Is "Wow" adequate? Beautiful.
    Yes, augers can be very useful. I get mine at antique shops and use neanderthal style.

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    Mar 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Very nice Barry, and at 17" tall, I'll bet quite impressive in person.


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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    i would say yuu got the most outa of a small lathe barry,,that sure is purdy,,, and like the others said at 17" tall would look sweet in person...
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    Goodland, Kansas
    That is a beauty. Great work on that piece.
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    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Lovely, Barry!
    Not you, the vase.
    Not that you may not be lovely, but.... oh, never mind.
    Why has common sense
    become so uncommon?

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    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    That is one gorgeous piece Barry nice work

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