Category Archives: Finshes

60 Covid-19 Hollow Forms

I have now turned 60 hollow forms in the last 3 months. During the Covid-19 shutdown. So far so good. They have kept the doctor away.

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Time For Something Completely Different!

I ran out of FRESH maple logs. Thus no more hollow forms for now. It is time for something completely different!

I have started making Nick Agar style square wall hangings. I am using the techniques I learned in a class with Nick at Arrowmont last year. Nick’s technique. My artwork and designs!

Here are the first 2 pieces that I made in the last couple of days. I am happy with them, but they still need some improvements.

Covid-19 Hollow Forms


I decided to self quarantine myself for 2 weeks after I returned from a rafting trip to Costa Rica on March 17th. Then Governor Cuomo added a few more weeks.

I decided to turn one hollow form a day to keep the doctor away. See photos. 21 hollow forms in roughly 3 weeks.

I turned all of these hollow forms using my new Done In One Day method. See my “Done In One Day” blog entry. http://carlford.info/blog/2020/02/done-in-one-day-vases/ and my “Sanding Wet Wood” blog entry. http://carlford.info/blog/2020/03/sanding-wet-wood/

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8” Buffing Wheel, 4” Bowl Buff, and 8” Long Buffing Adapter

In the handout for my “Great Polyurethane Finishes Demo” (http://carlford.info/blog/2013/01/great-polyurethane-finishes-demo/) I talk about getting a “8” Buffing Wheel, 4” Bowl Buff, and 8” Long Buffing Adapter” from Don Pencil.

Don Pencil is no longer in business. Thus I now suggest you get the following from Packard Woodworks (www.packardwoodworks.com)


– 1-1/4″ x 8 Lathe Buffing Extender #120952
– 8″ Wax Beall Replacement Wheel #123940W
– 4″ Wax Beall Bowl Buff #123934W

Note: I attach the Buffing Wheels to Long Buffing Adapter with a local hardware store 3/8” bolt and fender washers.

I don’t use any wax on my buffing wheels! Thus I just get the Beall wheel. NOT the complete system! See “Great Polyurethane Finishes Demo” (http://carlford.info/blog/2013/01/great-polyurethane-finishes-demo/) for more info.


Or you can get the 8″ Wheel from Mcmaster-Carr (www.mcmaster.com). Two of “Buffing Wheel for Curved Surfaces, 8″ Diameter x 1/2″ Thick, 1/2″ Arbor Hole” #4820A12.