|Project by MarkTheFiddler||posted 06-21-2014 06:44 PM||929 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
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!