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Default Solid 10' mahogany cannon

Been turning for about 14 years now and still get a kick out of it! My biggest have been 8' cherry half/round columns and 10' cannons for the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art in Southern California. An artist had me turn them for him for a project he did for the museum called "Liquid Ballistic". It was a challenge trying to get it balanced so I could turn up the speed. I spent a lot of time chasing the lathe around the shop until it finally balanced out to within reason.

I use a Conover Lathe that I made up to turn 8' then made a detachable extension that adds on another 5'. I also use a 10' Vega copier on the front side and a 4' on the back side so I can do production work up to 13'. I just run the lathe in reverse for the backside work.

I also do a fair amount of custom molding and turnings (barley/rope twists and standard) for local cabinet shops. A router is frequently used in the turnings that I do. It really opens up the possibilities! The router and lathe are my favorite equipment in my shop. It's all FUN!

I posted the above in the Lathe section as well and included pictures of some of my work.

I also recently made one of Matthias Wandel's pantorouters so I could make some teak chairs. Each chair has over 50 mortise and tenons in them. It would have taken forever without the pantorouter. There is no hardware holding the chairs together. They were assembled with West Systems G-Flex epoxy. I included a few pics of the finished chairs.

I've also used the pantorouter for making louvered cabinet doors and included some pics. Unfortunately I failed to take pics of the finished doors - DARN!

This seems like a great site to exchange info on past projects that might help future efforts by members. I'm frequently running into stumbling blocks and now I know where to go for answers!
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Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I have said a few times that 'it is not any more difficult to make 100 of a thing than it is to make just one' and this is proof of that, once you do your set up to machine a certain joint or object then you may as well do more of them at the same time, If you are setting out to make just one of some item them at the least make two of them and give the other one away, once you start to make more than one, then you will change the way that you think about making everything. N
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Welcome to the forum Gunns,
They are fine looking chairs. I hope to build a complete patio set soon and I looked at some chairs from a Wood magazine made of white Oak and I want to turn legs for the table probably use Cedar for that.
Does anyone know if I can use Cedar for the chairs, or is it too soft to be strong enough. I need EXXXTRA strong for I am not a small guy.
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Welcome to the forum. After the amusing description of the antics of an unbalanced 10 foot log we get no picture of the cannon?
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Hi, Gunn.

Welcome to the forum.

Those are a very nice chairs.

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Thanks to everyon for the warm welcome! I posted the cannon pics in the lathe section but to make it simpler (at my age I'm always trying to do that) I'll post them here as well.

prg|7 There is an added bennifit to chasing the lathe around the shop. It prevents all the shavings from building up under the lathe. On the cannon projects I haul out close to three 30gal trash cans of shavings.

After I glue up the blank with westsys epoxy it's lifted with an overhead hoist (too heavy to man handle). I then roll the lathe under it and dorp the blank into place and chuck it in with brackets I welded up.

I'll work at filling out my profile. Again thanks to all for the warm welcome!
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