Struggling with first hollow form
Finding spare time to work on the lathe is about as challenging as trying to learn how to turn this itself.
Anyhow I find myself struggling to get this completed. Mostly because I don't have the experience and secondly, afraid of ruining what I've got so far.
Right now this is about 1/4 inch thick near the top and about 1/2 - 3/4 inch at the widest part of the form. I know that is not very thin but I've already had a couple (hard) catches while hollowing it out and knocked it out of round in the chuck and never could get it back real smooth. I'm so afraid of another catch...both for my safety....and ruining the form.
I know this will not be a showpiece however I'm liking the results so far. I want it to be as good as it can be but don't want to push the envelope and end up with nothing for my first try.
I have also built a donut chuck so that when I decide I'm finished with the inside, I can turn it around and finish off the bottom.
Also working on a set of thickness gauges that Terry was kind enough to send me the pattern of. So lots of firsts with this project.
I think I'm going to stop hollowing and finish off the bottom and be satisfied with it like this. I have learned a few things while doing this one and I think I can get better with time.
So.....How thin was your first hollow form?
Also how thin do most hollow forms end up being?
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EDIT...ok not sure why it didn't post thumbnails (always did before) of the images but clicking on it will open them.
Last edited by Tom Baugues; 09-10-2014 at 11:34 PM.
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