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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 06-21-2014 06:44 PM 991 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy,

I went to Rockler and found a few shorts. There were some really weird sizes so I just picked up a batch without any concept of what I was going to do with them.

At home I said – why not just play with a hunk of the wood? I picked out a really blonde looking hunk of mahogany ($2.00). As I studied it, the project I had always wanted to play with came to mind.

Table Saw Bowls.

I had seen how easy a nice cove was given the right fence. I had seen a crazy apparatus by Izzy Swan that could hog out the inside of the bowl. I had already successfully used a table-saw circle Jig.

I’ll add a blog with the how I did it information a bit later. The simple fact is I stood on the shoulders of others and I didn’t do a thing that someone else didn’t do first. However, I went ahead and thought about safety as much as possible and came up with a few things that saved me from adding another woodworking scar to my face.

This was my first experience with turning (Even though I was a complete cheat.) What I mean to get at was that finishing surprised the heck out of me. For instance, I applied the first layer of Tung oil. Every time walked near the bowls I swear I could hear this crazy sucking sound. The end-grain was sucking in twice as much as the length wise grain. I said “Oh” so I added more, and more and more.

Then the length grain got gummy and I had to use mineral spirits to back some of it off. The same type of stuff was happening with the topcoat. There are parts of the bowls with too much finish and parts that look like they could use one more coat. Yeah – I can use some real advice on finishing any wooden turning.

Disclaimer for all my friends: These are NOT food bowls. I understand that what I put on them, and possibly the mahogany itself is somewhat toxic. My wife already has other plans for the bowls. If someone would do me the kindness of telling me how to get a durable, grain-revealing, non-toxic finish on a turning, I would be in your debt. I want to make a much larger, segmented bowl for fruit in the near future.

Thanks for looking and Double thanks for any advice you can give.

Photography: Victoria Cordova Studios. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 08:47 PM

You might consider Behlen Master Salad Bowl Finish. I used it years ago on a tenderizing mallet I made for my wife (named it “Helga”).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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MarkTheFiddler

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#2 posted 06-21-2014 09:09 PM

Thank you John! I’ll look it up. I forgot to name these bowls. Since Helga is already taken, I’ll go with 50 cents.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 06-21-2014 09:44 PM

SWMBO (“She Who Must Be Obeyed”) which I first learned of in the “Rumpole of the Bailey” series.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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MarkTheFiddler

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#4 posted 06-21-2014 09:48 PM

No way! That’s hysterical. Martha just walked into Costco. I’ll hit her with SWiMBO when she walks out.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 06-21-2014 09:52 PM

You have to call one of them 2bucks…....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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CarverShavings

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#6 posted 06-22-2014 02:06 AM

That is a super cool trick. They turned out very nice.

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MarkTheFiddler

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#7 posted 06-22-2014 11:34 AM

Carver,

Thank you much! It was a fun project.

Jim,

That’s a winning name. The round one shall henceforth be known as 2 Bucks.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 06-24-2014 01:28 AM

Good work!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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kiefer

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#9 posted 06-25-2014 12:13 AM

Those bowls turned out very nice Mark .
I am not a lathe owner and the process you used sounds interesting I have cut circles and ovals on the table saw and may have to try bowls one day .

-- Kiefer 松

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MarkTheFiddler

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#10 posted 06-25-2014 06:18 AM

Thank you Joe.

Keifer, Knowing how resourceful you are, you probably figured out what kind of jig to use for positioning the bowl over the blade. This is the one I slapped together.

For starters, I set the jig lengthwise across the TS the clamped it down dead center over the 7.25 inch blade.i raised the blade about 1/6 of a crank then rotated the bowl beyond half way. After getting the right depth on all the bowl interiors, I removed the jig.

To cut the cove on the bottom side of the bowls, I set the wider fence on top of the front edge of a 10 inch blade. Once again, I would slightly crank the blade up while turning the bowl abut over 360 degree. The rest was hand sanding and finish.

May I ask what you oval cutting jig looked like. You got me curious.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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majuvla

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#11 posted 06-26-2014 03:36 AM

Beautiful work!They look realy great!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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geekwoodworker

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#12 posted 06-28-2014 12:07 PM

Love the bowls mark. I think I have watched every video made by Izzy Swan and I plan on making a bowl jig for the table saw. Looks like it is much faster than my lathe.

The finish looks awesome. Nice work.

-- Sean G, Barrie, Ontario

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 06-28-2014 01:35 PM

That is some real nice looking wood. Nice work too.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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