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    Vase in Sweetgum

    Lots of sweetgum in my wood stash these days and this one started to get a little punky without a lot of spalting. Roughed end grain, DNA'd and stored in my 120 degree attic for several months and when it was unwrapped there were no major cracks, so it went on the lathe.
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    I first turned a plug to fit in the mouth of the rough out to help center it in the chuck....
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    and also to center the Kobra.
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    Laser guided to a little under 1/2" and that's about as thin as I dared since the wood was punky. I also used epoxy tinted with transtint red brown to fill some obvious cracks....
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    ....and finish sanded with the extension and fingers
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    Off comes the blue painters tape to keep the rollers from making a ridge in the wood...
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    ...and using the adapter on the tail stock...
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    the vase gets positioned to finish the bottom. Vacuum adapter fit just right, but there were still too many fine cracks in the base to hold a vacuum...
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    ....so the vacuum chuck becomes a jam chuck until I get enough CA into the bottom to seal it up.
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    Finish sanded...
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    and the final product
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    Size is 15"h x 8"w
    Finished with many coats of minwax antique oil
    Thanks for looking.
    Last edited by Ted Calver; 02-26-2013 at 03:08 PM. Reason: add dimensions and finish

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    Sweet! That came out very nice, Ted.
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    Nice post and a really great vase. I'm sure it was quite a job taking all those pic and getting them posted, you have a nice set up.
    Fred
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    Ted -- well done! I 43QLLY err really enjoyed the photo series... thanks ----- wish I could take the time to do the photo things my memory is shot!

    paul
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    Ted that turned out Nice. Well done.
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    Beautiful Ted!
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    I enjoyed the sequence shots, too. I'm really glad you didn't trust the vacuum at 9in/hg !!!

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    That's a monster Ted!! Really cool simple piece, those are my favorite!
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