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Default Solid mahogany 10 foot cannons

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 use4d in the turnings that I do. It really opens up the possibilities! It's all FUN!
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Those are beautiful projects and quite the lathe. All are really nicely done. Is the lathe homemade or commerical brand?

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Gunns,

really nice work and tools.
If you can, I'd like to see more of it....

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Those are beautiful projects and quite the lathe. All are really nicely done. Is the lathe homemade or commerical brand?
Thanks BernieW! Sorry for the slow response. We just finished sponsoring our American Legion Riders Convention here in California. It's taken every free moment for the past few days.

The lathe is a Conover. They are no longer in production but you can easily find info on the net. They supplied the head and tailstock and the motor. I opted for the DC motor for the variable speed it allowed. It can be slowed down to less than 30 rpm which is great when you spray the finish on the turning while it's still turning. This way I don't get any runs.

I welded up the legs and brackets. I also welded up some steady rests from 1" x 2" steel and used rollerblade wheels. They work really well. The bed is made of 8/4 Ash.
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Thanks DaninVan. Here's a pic of one of the cannons loaded in the back of my truck ready for delivery. It helps give perspective. The truck has an eight foot bed.
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Gunns,

really nice work and tools.
If you can, I'd like to see more of it....

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Thanks MartinW! I see you're from the other side of the pond (Atlantic Ocean). My mom's family is from a little further north of you - Sweden - hence my name Gunnar.

In answer of your request I attached some pictures of a chess set I made one of my nieces. For the case (round box? ) I used Walnut and Hard Maple. For the chess pieces the dark wood is Walnut and the light wood is Lace wood. The same woods were used for the checkerboard top design. I had problems with the pieces not being stable enough (easily knocked over). Since I'm a black powder shooter and had a supply of .50 cal. led round balls I drilled 1/2" holes in the bottom of the pieces and pushed them in. I then plugged the bottoms with 1/2" wood plugs. It worked great.

For another client who makes custom pool tables I turned some legs out of hard maple that look kinda like urns. One of the tables is supposed to be in one of the casinos in Las Vegas. I think it was the Venetian or the Bellagio. Again it was more fun stuff!
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Hej Gunnar,

the chess box with pieces is awesome.
So you master both, the big and the small pieces on the lathe - still some way to go for me.
The lead shot in the bottom of chess pieces is an "old" way, many have forgotten about. Though they used just one piece of lead (or other metal), not lead shot. But that's just a minor detail ;-)

Thanks for showing additional pics

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I bet you got a bang out of that project! Rather unique, I would say.

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Hej Gunnar,

the chess box with pieces is awesome.
So you master both, the big and the small pieces on the lathe - still some way to go for me.
The lead shot in the bottom of chess pieces is an "old" way, many have forgotten about. Though they used just one piece of lead (or other metal), not lead shot. But that's just a minor detail ;-)

Thanks for showing additional pics

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Hej Martin,
Thanks! I didn't use led shot. It was a single .50 cal ball in each piece. That made it real easy. Just took a 1/2" brad point bit and drilled a .50 cal hole in the bottom of each piece.

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P.S. Är du en svensk också eller har du bott i Sverige. Min mormor Björkquist kommer från Sverige i 1905 och bodde i Minnesota USA. Min mamma gift sig med en lokal så jag är en halfbreed. Ha! Ha!

Jag har bara studerat svenska i ett och ett halvt år så min svenska är inte så bra.

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