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    Red Eucalyptus Hollow Form.....

    I got this nice chunk of Red Eucalyptus from Vaughn a while back, I have been meaning to turn it, but I had other things come up. Well, today was the day

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    A nice chunk of wood for sure, I was quite excited to turn this, as Vaughn has turned so many nice hollow forms from the chunks he has, I was certainly hoping to do it justice.

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    The piece was not quite square, or flat, had a tilt to it, and I wanted to use my worm screw chuck, so I used my drill press to make a flat spot on it, and drill the pilot hole for the worm screw.

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    Things are going along nicely, I mount the blank and support it with the live center, and start shaping it.

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    I knew there were some cracks in this piece, I guess I left it too long before I turned it, as it was below 10% moisture content, but I had hoped the cracks would turn away, well they were not......

    I tried the CA glue to heal this blanks and gave it a go anyways........
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    Stuart, it looks like you are going to turn a hollow form ''alla Vaughn'' isn't.
    A pity of the cracks, but you can always repair it with ca glue with some filling stuff.
    I think you have enough experience to make something nice out of this chunk.
    Would like it to see it when finished.
    Good luck. Ad

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    ............
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    I use the chuck adapter on the Oneway live center to swap the hollow forum around, so my other chuck can grab the tenon, this works slick, the hollow form is running dead true when mounted this way.
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    Using my drill chuck and an 37mm bit to bore out the center of the hollow form
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    and I proceed to hollow it out.

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    At this point I've sanded the outside to #400, put a coat of sanding sealer on as well, next I'm going to sand the inside.....

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    I cannot remember who taught me this trick, but a dot of CA glue on the sandpaper, stuck to the end of this finger protector thing and man, is it easy to sand inside one of these small hollow forms
    You can really feel the bumps or ridges and can sand the inside with ease, the paper seems to last a fairly long time too. I turned the lathe down to about 250 rpm to do this.

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    Ah, the beginning of the end.......

    I did the live center positioning again on the vacuum chuck, and again this worked VERY well............
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    Stay Tuned Ad, you will see the end results in just a bit..........
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    ...... I mounted the hollow form on the vacuum chuck, I was worried about cracking it, so I did not run full vacuum, I left the bleeder valve open a bit, to not let the pump suck at full force.

    I had just started to turn the tenon off, and I noticed my 3/8" bowl gouge was not super sharp, I wanted to have it super sharp to do some nice light cuts on the tenon, so I stepped away from the lathe to sharpen the gouge, I was just about finished sharpening, when I heard a LOUD POP more like a bang really, but as it was an implosion I guess I'll have to go with "POP"........

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    ..........bad words were said.........
    It looks like it gave way right along the cracks, on the CA glue joints.....

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    The only good thing to come out of this is that I can clearly see that I have the wall thickness consistently thin, how thin.......?

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    ....I read that is 1.2 mm thin.

    I guess I should have not tried the vacuum chuck, I should have used a long jam chuck

    Oh well......

    Vaughn, I'm sorry I did not get a nice piece out of the wood you sent me, that Red Eucalyptus was really nice, I see why you enjoy turning it, and the color and grain patterns were super too......

    Cheers!

    PS, I'm still looking for the tenon, I've not found that piece yet
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    Stu - sorry to see the HF blow up on you! You did an outstanding job on getting the walls so thin - I'm still working on 1/4"!! You've got quite the setup and seem to have everything sequenced so that the entire process really flows! Nice work - in spite of the blow up! Looking forward to the next one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Schlumpf View Post
    .............Nice work - in spite of the blow up! Looking forward to the next one!
    Thanks Steve, I too look forward to the next one
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    Stu...that lay off didn't affect your turning skills at all. To bad about the implosion...that sucks, yes pun intended.
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    Looks like it "might have been" nice. I had a mishap on a turning this weekend too.

    I first posted a link about CA gluing sandpaper to a rubber finger a year or two ago. I received a lot of flack about showing something so dangerous from a few "geniuses". One nasty email from an "expert" too. Anyway, I still use the technique and I still have my fingers. But since then I decided to use a tip that is too big for my fingers so in the unlikely event that there is a catch the rubber finger will spin on my real finger.

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    Oh my goodness Stuart, this must give you a bad feeling, I guess you turned it a little bit to thin.
    But as always, next time better.

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