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My lathe journeys. #34: ... One log, three bowls

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 08-06-2015 06:21 PM 1456 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 33: ... Making new lathe tool handles. Part 34 of My lathe journeys. series Part 35: ... Bean pot bowl »

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A friend gave me a cedar log that had been lying on the ground next to his barn for about 10 years. I took it home, pressure washed all the sand and CRUD off it and figured I might be able to get 4 or 5 bowls from it. Turns out, on one end the center core was rotted out almost 18” into the log. Once I started slicing it up, the rotted end was too far gone to save, but I did get three nice bowls from the rest of it. On the two that I cut into the end grain I left the outside as natural as I could. On the one I cut sideways I was able to keep just a small bit of the bark on the sides.
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I used some superglue to fix a few cracks.
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I had to fill just the center of one and used fiberglass resin to do that. You can see it in this next pic. Those 2 big gouges on the side are from the chain saw when he cut the tree down.
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Those white spots are not flaws, They’re the reflection from my kitchen light.
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Finished with rattle-can lacquer. Even after 2 coats of Teak Oil, these things really sucked up the lacquer.

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Thanks for looking!
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#1 posted 08-06-2015 06:33 PM

They sure turned out nice, good job!

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 06:41 PM

Nice. How does that cedar cut?

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 06:44 PM

Beautiful, Joe! I have a couple of cedar bowl blanks drying right now, given to me by a friend who has a tree service business. I’m looking forward to working with them.

Given the wonderful aroma of cedar, did you give any thought to leaving them (or perhaps one surface of them, like the inside or bottom) unfinished? I’ve been thinking about that and wondering if that would be a practical idea.

Maybe I’ll send you a pix of the bowl blanks and get your suggestions.

...In fact, here’s one. I just went and took the picture. Any ideas? This would be my first non-segmented project.

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#4 posted 08-06-2015 06:57 PM

That’s real talent Joe, turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse!

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#5 posted 08-06-2015 07:10 PM

Thanks wahoo.
Rick, The cedar cuts pretty easy. The smell while turning was WONDERFUL in my shop, and I got almost 5 gallons of sawdust and chips to use in closets.
Brent, I have turned a few cedar pieces already and I also wondered how to seal something and still keep the smell intact. Dont have a good answer to that one. I was going to try and leave the bottom unsealed, but I always read that you should do the same to ALL SIDE of a piece, so I wasn’t sure if it might split because of it.
Thanks Jerry, I’m still learnin’, but I think I’m gettin’ better :-)

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#6 posted 08-06-2015 07:17 PM

Pretty, Joe.

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#7 posted 08-06-2015 07:38 PM

Love that color!

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#8 posted 08-06-2015 08:25 PM

Good point about finishing ALL sides of a piece to keep it from splitting. Hadn’t thought of that.

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#9 posted 08-06-2015 10:48 PM

Beautiful bowls, Joe! Love the color of cedar. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 08-06-2015 11:55 PM

Beautiful turnings Joe. I like to turn cedar. My shop smells so good for a few days with those shavings around. I also save bags of them. For some of those holes and cracks you could mix some aluminum or brass shaving with 2 part clear epoxy to get some more great color in the cedar. Stuff turns real well. Your progress has been fun to watch.

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#11 posted 08-07-2015 12:38 AM

You sure get a nice finish on them. Three bowls from one log, you can’t bet that.

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#12 posted 08-07-2015 05:35 AM

I’ve got to stop looking at projects on my phone! These are even more impressive on the ‘big’ screen, Joe! The finish is like glass.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 08-07-2015 06:03 AM

Joe, The finish is superb and a beautiful new life for that very pretty wood!!!

Regards,

Cliff.

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#14 posted 08-07-2015 12:42 PM

That is crazy-cool Joe

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#15 posted 08-07-2015 02:26 PM

Thanks all, I appreciate the comments !

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