#70 – Turning a Blackjack Oak Hollow Form – Using the Elbo hollowing tool

Welcome back. Well while I’m waiting on glue ups to dry on my workbench I thought I
would turn something. Found this piece of oddly shaped spalted blackjack oak
sitting out in my turn pile
so I thought I’d do something with it.
I’ve got this side mark for center already. So let’s throw it up on the lathe
and see what we make out of it.
That’s close enough. I’m really not sure
what I’m going to do with this. Let’s see
if we can find a shape in there
That’s about 780 (rpm).
Big old bug hole right there.
I’ve got several in here. I don’t think
I’m gonna fill this one. I’m just gonna turn it.
I may find a live critter, I may not.
Right about here I start asking myself,
“What would Phil do?”
Something quite spectacular, I’m sure.
Ooh doggy, that’s close.
About 1000 (rpm).
Now I’ll finish with my Sand-O-Flex. I
want to leave that. I wanna leave
that too.
I may not be able to leave that because
I want to get rid of this and I want to
get rid of that to a point. We’ll see.
I’m not watching my tool. I’m watching the shadow over here.
Well I’ve already taken it further than
Phil woulda.
But that’s okay. I got an idea what I
want to do.
Look at that spalted figure. Isn’t that pretty?
Applying my special formula of French’s
mustard shellac….
for sanding sealer… of sorts.
The holes are tearing the paper towel so
I’m just gonna let this dry naturally
instead of buffing it out like I usually
do. I doused it pretty good so I’m gonna
give it a while to dry. I’ve got some
pretty good cracks here. I should
probably try to stabilize those with CA,
but I’m gonna let this sanding sealer
flash off. I’ll be back.
Okay I’ve got the cracks filled with
black and brown CA… Starbond.
So I’m gonna let this sit overnight to
cure up good and I’ll come back and take the
CA off of it. Probably hit it with some
more sanding sealer and then a new
product I’m trying out. It’s over a
hundred… just over a hundred outside
today. Ninety six here in the shop so I’m
calling it a day. I’ll hit this again in
the morning. I lied. I’m almost through gluing up the top of the bench so while I’m waiting
on the glue… so I can take it out of the
clamps and put the last three pieces on…
Yeah, I’ve got a re-sand but…
Another flood coat of my
special French’s mustard sanding sealer.
Let that dry for a few minutes and we’ll
hit it with the stuff. Tom and Annette
Ackley sent me some Ack’s Abrasive
Sanding Paste to try out and to review
for you guys. You know that in the past I
have been using another product that
I purchased. They’re trying to get word
out on this product because it’s made
here in the United States… and
should be easier to get.
Well one thing for sure, you can feel it
cutting. So let’s see what happens under
Ooh doggy!
That right there is sexier than socks on
a rooster, folks! I like it.
So far so good. Blow any residue out.
So do I like it? Let me hit it one more time and I’ll tell you.
Yes, I like it! They also sent me
a tub of Ack’s Polish and Restoring Paste.
Now, I’ve not tried to product like this…
other than Renaissance Wax that I used
to use on pens, when I did a lot of pens.
The Renaissance… (mumbling incoherently)… the Renaissance wax is
really good because it’s a
microcrystalline wax and it resists
fingerprints. So people handling your
merchandise and your ink pens and
whatnot at craft fairs don’t get ’em all
fingerprinty. It’s also the stuff that
they use in museums to keep fingerprints off of valuable art. (Let’s) see what this does.
Let that dry for a few minutes and
then I’ll buff it. Can y’all see that shimmer? Haven’t even
buffed yet!
Holy mackanoly!
(Singing) Oh when I saw this paste, yeah I’m a bleiever. Not a trace of doubt in my mind.
I’m in love, oooh, I’m a believer, I couldn’t leave this paste if I tried.
Me likey! Blow out there residue one more time. Now if you’ve got a
smooth pristine piece like most turners really like to turn…
I mean I do too but I don’t have very many of those kind of pieces of wood.
If you got a clean, pristine piece with no cracks and bug holes and stuff,
you don’t do this. But on a piece like this is you don’t do it, you end up with
white stuff drying and people will look at and say, “Ooh, bowl boogers!” They say when you use this
after you use the polishing paste, use
any friction polish of your choice. I
don’t know what kind of finish I’m gonna
put it on here. I may just put Howard
Feed N Wax on it when I’m done. So
it’s time to turn this puppy around and
hollow ‘er out. Gotta cut that off first.
Yeah, I’m between centers I can’t cut it
all the way through. I’ll use a saw. This
little darlin moved over night… actually
this didn’t move. I think the tenon did
it because of the humidity. So it… because of the tenon it appears to be a little
out of round. Not much… about 1/32 of an inch but it’s enough to make me just a
little unhappy. But I’m gonna go ahead
and bore it out.
About 500 (rpm).
I don’t know how big the hole is gonna
be yet, but I’m gonna start there.
I don’t want it much bigger. I kind of
like the… for some reason I cut this off
at two angles. I think this was the
leftover piece of another Bowl I did. But
looking at those… those two angles the
way they’re… they’re just nearly
symmetrical. So I may just leave that and leave it at this shape. A happy accident, in
the words of Bob Ross. And I don’t… I may texture this area just for giggles.
We’ll see what happens after I get it
hollowed. I want to do that first and make
sure it doesn’t explode. Okay I’ve got my
Elbo Tool set up, ready to go because I
don’t like getting beat up by hollow
forms. And
why own a tool if you’re not going to use it.
Alright, got my faceshield on.
I’m turning about 880 rpm.
My angle of attack (of the cutter) was a little too steep.
That’s deep enough.
That’s perfect. I don’t want to go any
deeper at all. So now I’ll adjust my angle of attack again a
little bit. Go back to working on the walls.
I’m gonna do the top first.
This oak is hard stuff. Make sure this ain’t coming loose.
We don;t want it flying across the shop!
May happen anyway.
But I hope not!
See? If I was doing that by hand this
thing will be beating me to death!
But this takes all of the pressure.
Okay this is the thickness I want.
Oh yeah, baby.
Good enough.
I’m not gonna sand the inside at all. I
don’t have the equipment to do it.
That is pretty smooth as it is. I got some nicks out here
because I was careless with the tool so I got to fix that.
Try this here…
Ack’s Abrasive Sanding Paste again.
Can you see that shine? Wow!
I thought about friction polish but
because of this rough area that’s not
gonna work. So what I’m going to do is
I’m just going to use Howard Feed N Wax.
And then I will make the jam too so
I can turn this around and cut the tenon off.
Alright, I’ve got a pretty saturated now.
I’ll let it sit for a half hour… 20 minutes or
so and buff it off.
Yes, this is a rag, not a paper towel.
But it won’t leave stuff in my…
in the holes. So you safety police and get
after me if you want to.
You heard my story…
about Russ Fairfield before.
If you have to go back to listen to my
Man, that’s purdy! Well that’s it now I
gotta… almost done.
Gotta turn a…
jam chuck that’ll fit in here and go all
the way to the bottom. When I get that done
I’ll be back.
Now I’ll take this to the workbench, sand
up the bottom and finish it. Well, here it
is. All done. Nice and hollow. Like I said
about… I don’t know a quarter, maybe five
sixteenths thick. The top is closer to…
well up here it’s right at a eighth or
three sixteenths. But it’s… it’s hollow
enough. Inside is good. Tried to burn my
logo in the bottom, but this was just a
little too dished for it to get it all.
Again, it’s not a glossy, shiny
piece, but I didn’t want it to be a
glossy, shiny piece. And look at the
spalting and the bug holes and the… and the
lines in this thing. I love the character
in the grain. And and this from where it
was cut, oddly at that, because I think it
was… like I said a cut off from another
bowl. That turned out to be quite a happy
accident. So I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for
watching! Y’all come back and see us. I’ll
have another turning project out pretty
quick. And if you want to help support
the Messy Studio and what we’re trying
to do here, there’s a link in the
description below to my website. You’ll
see it right here on the screen. So a
link in description below to my website
where you can buy t-shirts and things.
And even pieces like this when I get
them up there. Y’all come back!


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