Turning #2: More Rough Bowls and Blanks

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Blog entry by Dorje posted 11-11-2007 02:16 AM 1375 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Did some turning today…processed a number of maple rounds into bowl blanks…waxed the ends on the blanks and turned a few rough bowls with a few others.

This clunker has some pretty good figure – and some rot too! Not sure what I’m going to do about the rot..I think I need to fill it with something (not the void – but the punky wood). I recall that Douglas posted something on the subject. I’ll have to track that down.

Some of the blanks had figure and some were spalted:

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 11-11-2007 02:48 AM

They are all very beautiful Dorje, in a roughly manner, that is. :o)

I absolutely love the profile on the third picture, I’m going to save it and steal it for the day I will be able to get a lathe. An that spalted grain… you gotta love it, its gorgeous. Show us the final result when it’d be done, please.

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#2 posted 11-11-2007 02:55 AM

Dorje, you might try using some thin Hot Stuff (red label) to consolidate the punky wood. It won’t look too bad if you finish the bowl with some clearcoat finish or other.

How big is the swing on that new lathe? This Mini of mine is making me have bowl envy…
Everything ends up Barbie Tea Party sized by the time I get the banjo under the blank.
Then I think about Jockmike and SawdustII (Lee) and I’m thankful I can spin anything.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 11-11-2007 04:12 AM

Man that looks like fun.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 11-11-2007 04:21 AM

Good bowls. The figure is great. Too bad it won’t make a soup Tureen. Too many holes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 11-11-2007 04:48 AM

That’s pretty cool. I admire you guys that turn.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 11-11-2007 05:43 AM

Nice stuff Dorje.
just ram that punk full of epoxy -5 min stuff works fine and you can color it to match the wood or knot.
I finishes like the rest of the bowl.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 11-11-2007 09:34 AM

Thanks y’all,

Douglas – 16” swing – but the 12-14”ers beat me up right now. Should be able to turn most any size off the end (witin reason) if I fix up some kind of outboard tool rest. I’m not even there yet! I’m loving the Ken and Barbie size stuff at the moment! The bigger stuff takes a lot of effort! I’m sure am beat after turning and cutting blanks today!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 11-11-2007 03:22 PM

I hear ya, Dorje. I mounted a 9 inch blank at my second pulley setting and the mini nearly galloped off the bench. I’m at 500 rpm now and things don’t calm down till everything is round. Are you using the faceplate to mount up?

I see a floor mounted tool rest in your future. Yeehaw!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 11-11-2007 05:28 PM

Nice photos and work Dorje.

That’s some pretty wood.

I can see how turning this for a day can wear you out.

Again, really nice turning.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 11-11-2007 07:50 PM

Thanks Lee -

Douglas – I’m using a 3” faceplate with #12-1” sheet metal screws.

Douglas and Bob – When should I use the Hot Stuff glue or the epoxy? Should I wait til the rough bowls dry?


-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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