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Turning Giant Pecan Bowl

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Blog series by BRTree updated 04-29-2018 12:47 AM 4 parts 2852 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Where it came from

04-28-2018 08:55 PM by BRTree | 0 comments »

We cut a large pecan tree down for a customer back in November so that he can expand his business. We brushed out the limbs, but he kept the wood because he has lots of buddies that have fireplaces and smoke meat. I took some of the wood I wanted to make bowls out of. The first picture is of my guys standing on the trunk. they wanted it left tall so the excavator could work the root ball out using the leverage My middle daughter standing beside it for size reference.

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Part 2: Getting it on the lathe

04-28-2018 09:13 PM by BRTree | 2 comments »

It weighed 225lbs, so we had to use the mini-skid steer to get it on the lathe. We had to mount it on the outboard side, because it was to wide to fit over the ways. My oldest daughter helped—she turned the spindle threads onto the faceplate when I got it in place.

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Part 3: Rough turning outboard

04-29-2018 12:21 AM by BRTree | 1 comment »

This wood was cracking so fast (not this blank, I freshly cut the ends off this—-but we could tell how fast other pieces were splitting—QUICKLY), I grabbed the first thing that came to hand to use as an outboard “steady” rest. A 4ft step ladder is anything but steady. But, I made it work. I figured out really quick that the only objective was to be get the diameter down so that it could be mounted inboard for a more stable tool rest.! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16...

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Part 4: Inboard finally

04-29-2018 12:47 AM by BRTree | 3 comments »

Got just enough off so that it fit inboard. Turned a foot, then re-chucked it to hog out the inside. The measurement is 22 1/2” across at the top….I can’t remember how deep it is. Now it is drying in a trash bag under the bed in our guest room :) When it’s finished losing moisture, I’ll re-chuck it and finish turn it. *could be years.

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