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robert baccus
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Reply #15 - Dec 19th, 2017 at 7:30pm
 
I've made dozens of urns and deeper vases and have licked the bottom cracking thing accidently.  Green wood end grain is a witch to fasten with screws so I went to glueblocks decades ago.  Good hard(dogwood or beech) glueblocks usually grabbed by a single screw in a Nova 2 chuck.  Rarely a tennon--use plenty of thick CA and don't be afraid of a screw chuck.  I have turned many green vases to 100+ #'s with no problem.  The glued on glueblock seems to eleminate basal cracking.  I turn green, wax the outside, dry for 3-6 months and return, finish on the lathe--they sell well.
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David Hill
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Reply #16 - Dec 20th, 2017 at 12:45am
 
Jerry,
I have turned urns for some close friends and family, both an honor and a challenge.  To date I have used Mesquite and Sycamore, all end grain vessels.  I didn’t have a problem with either wood, although Sycamore does tend to have radial checking.  I did not remove/drill out any pith, but did use CA in any cracls I saw.  Since I did worry about cracking , I did finish the insides with 2 part epoxy.  I think for my next ones, I’ll just make snug fiiting lids.  I have done the pvc threads ufing sched 40 stuff and yes it does “stick”.l when screwed down.  The pvc was kind of a pain, so now I’ll ask if the recpients are planning to access the ashes— then I’ll use the pvc. 
For size/volume, figure 1 cubic inch  per pound.
The next one I’ll likely turn will patterned after a shotgun shell—- that friend is an avid skeet/trap shooter.
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Everyday liberating nice things from ordinary chunks of wood---and I like gnarly wood, the outcome is nearly always better than the start.
 
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Tony Rozendaal
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Re: Urns
Reply #17 - Dec 20th, 2017 at 4:59pm
 
David Hill wrote on Dec 20th, 2017 at 12:45am:
Jerry,
I have turned urns ...


Jerry?? Who's Jerry?
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David Hill
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Robust American Beauty
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Reply #18 - Dec 21st, 2017 at 12:36pm
 
Haha--thanks.  Goes to show you that I shouldn't be on the net while at work.
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Everyday liberating nice things from ordinary chunks of wood---and I like gnarly wood, the outcome is nearly always better than the start.
 
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