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    Going Big

    I got a chance last night to try turning some of my recent elm haul, and I figured some of you guys might like to see some pics of the journey.

    Of the two biggest blanks I got out of that wood, one had some cracks already started, so I figured I'd turn it now instead of trying to seal it and hoping the cracking would stop. The blank was about 24" to 25" across at the widest. I had to get LOML's help to mount it on the lathe. I could lift it into place (barely), but I needed her to turn the handwheel to get the faceplate threaded onto the spindle. I'm guessing the blank was in the neighborhood of 90 to 100 pounds. Definitely the biggest diameter and heaviest piece I've turned yet.

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    Here's a shot showing where I had the remote switch while roughing. (The shop's a mess since I had to rearrange things to turn at the end of the lathe.)

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    Getting started, using my Monster Oland-style tool and a 1/4" cobalt bit. The 24" handle is filled with lead shot, so it's pretty hefty.

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    Getting more round...

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    Starting to look like a bowl. By now, I had switched to the Ci1...

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    After turning the blank around and facing it a bit, it was clear that cracking might be an issue...

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    Popped a core out of the blank, but lost a chunk of the edge along the way. (That spot was real punky, and probably would have needed to be turned away anyway.)

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    More in the next post...
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    Inside of the big bowl, shaping up...

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    Here's another look at the missing chunk. You can see the punky area that's going to be turned away...

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    Here's the outside of the "small" core after a bit of cleanup. I turned this one over the regular bed, just since there's a bit less vibration when I'm not using the tool rest extension...

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    The smaller bowl will be relatively shallow...

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    And the cracks are back to haunt me...

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    But it survived so far. I'll be trying to fill the crack with epoxy and some type of filler material once the wood dries.

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    And the nights' work...

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    Both bowls are sitting an a trash bag with wet shavings for now, but later today I'm going to try to rig up a DNA soak for them. Before I do that, I'm going to remount the big one and turn down the notch in the rim.

    I hope you enjoyed the ride...
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    Going big

    WOW,awesome,can't wait to see the finished piece

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    Great color and shape, but I see you have a few imperfections to deal with. It will be interesting to see how they come at the finish.

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    Darren

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    his-n-her popcorn bowls?
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    his-n-her popcorn bowls?
    How big are them doggies you got

    Sure is pretty wood, that looks so very much like the Japanese Elm that I get all the time. Was it stinky when you turned it?

    You need to rig a skyhook over your lathe
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    Very nice. Timew for a chain hoist.

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    what they said! Chain hoist, winch, something!

    Looks like lots of fun, though...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    [QUOTE=Bill Lantry;159788]what they said! Chain hoist, winch, something!

    Yes get something Vaughn, don't you already have back issues Please protect yourself Oh, that is one big bowl, nice work

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