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Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby Octavius » Thu May 29, 2014 8:22 pm

Hi Folks,
I'm very pleased to join such an illustrious group of enthusiasts.
Has anyone managed to turn a small vase or pencil pot on a spring pole lathe?
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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby gavin » Thu May 29, 2014 10:36 pm

Yes but it is hard work as the opening is narrow relative to the depth. Search for 'goblet turning' and pole lathes and you should see some useful info.
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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby Octavius » Thu May 29, 2014 11:42 pm

Gavin,
Thanks for the reply.

Yes, this article was informative and exactly what I'd like to make:
phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=402

Problem is obtaining the "hook tools" here in the US.
I could order a bowl hook from Ben Orford (if I could verify they would work with cups)

http://www.benorford.com/OnlineBushcraf ... fault.aspx


As an alternative, would this work:
Drill a large hole in the blank and then secure the blank in the lathe with a mandrel, wrapping the cord around the mandrel. Then turn the outside The inside would not look very nice, but hey.

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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby gavin » Fri May 30, 2014 9:38 am

Why not turn the outside with no mandrel? Then just drill your hole down the middle - probly 50 or 38 mm.

Why not ask Ben if his hooks will do the job you want? If not, he can make you some to suit. Alternatively post your question on the Greenwood facebook page run by Bulldawg65 - search this forum for that link.
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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby Octavius » Sat May 31, 2014 4:26 am

Gavin,

Well, I was thinking that in order to drill the hole the pot would need to be secured in a vise or whatever. That might damage the outside.

Hang on a minute - are you saying the drilling is done on the lathe? If so, how is that done? Substitute the right centre with a big Forstner bit?

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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby gavin » Sat May 31, 2014 10:42 am

Octavius wrote:Gavin,

Well, I was thinking that in order to drill the hole the pot would need to be secured in a vise or whatever. That might damage the outside.

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In a vice with wooden facings it does not damage the outside - esp if facing is of softwood, which helps the grip.
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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby Octavius » Sat May 31, 2014 4:04 pm

Fair enough, Gavin, I'll give it a go and report back. Thanks!
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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby TonyH » Sat May 31, 2014 11:13 pm

I turned this vase from a Banksia nut on the pole lathe. First drilled a shallow hole in the end for a mandrel (the outside of these things would surely shred the drive cord !), roughed out the outside with a 3/4" roughing gouge, then removed the mandrel, and put the centre directly into the lead screw divet at the bottom of the drilled hole to finish the outside and turn the inside of the neck with a small hook tool. Then drill the hole to full depth to finish off.

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To actually deep hollow on the lathe seems a challenge - the poppit/centre/core would surely get in the way too much.
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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby Octavius » Sat May 31, 2014 11:58 pm

Tony,
Wow. That is some nut.
Thanks for the post - I'll try out your technique - sounds like a winner.
This mandrel - is that just a cylinder made to fit or is it slightly tapered?
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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby TonyH » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:49 am

My mandrel was straight, to fit a 1" hole bored with an augur. I guess a tapered mandrel into a tapered hole made with a spoon bit or coopers bung hole borer might make a nicer shaped neck to the vase ?
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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby Octavius » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:14 pm

Fair dinkum, Tony.

Hey! I do have a bung hole borer someplace - I'll need to find it and experiment.

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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby Steve Martin » Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:54 am

Octavius,

Steve Martin here, Rockwell, NC. Just a few miles up the road toward Charlotte. Have been reading this series but just realized you are in Raleigh. I only know one other turner in NC with a pole lathe but have met several greenwood workers who have expressed interest. Maybe we could get together and compare notes. My pole lathe is made to dismantle as I do demos for schools, historic venues, etc. so I can bring it with me.

My phone # is 704 279 9087 if you want to call. Have a good week.
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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby woodness sake » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:31 pm

"Problem is obtaining the "hook tools" here in the US."

http://www.hiltonhandcraft.com/Catalog/ ... Tools.html
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Re: Turning a vase or pot - is it possible?

Postby bulldawg_65 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:19 pm

Jarrod Stone Dahl also makes them at a significantly lower price I might add. :)
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