Photo above shows the vase form after being cut first on the bandsaw. Closest to the head stock is a round plywood disc that will be used in later steps.
As usual Denny had a very informative meeting. He demonstrated a square to round vase. A block of mahogany was cut with angled sides on a bandsaw, then the corners were rounded off in the lathe. The inside was hollowed out and a fancy base was turned. It made a very interesting and beautiful vase, but we decided it would be hard to drink beer from it.
We tried to use a video camera to look over Denny’s shoulder and show how he is using the tools, but had problems connecting the camera to the projector, we’ll keep trying.
- Lathe steady rest supporting a round plywood ring glued at the top of the vase. Denny’s steady rest is shop made to fit the bench on which his lathe is mounted. Three adjustable arms position roller blades wheels, here repurposed to guide the turning work. The work is spun by hand and the roller blade wheels are fit by eye to support the plywood ring.
- Hollow out operations on the vase. Notice the small repositionable light allowing better visibility of the interior.