"Lidded Bowl" in Sapele, with Oak finial

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Project by TannerTurnings posted 07-07-2014 10:42 PM 1143 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece, about 6” diameter & 3 3/4” deep (plus hight of finial) was made especially for a friend. The Bowl and Lid are from 1 blank. Cutting the Lid section from the blank was NOT an easy job, as I wanted to remove as little wood as possible so that I could keep a reasonable grain match. Has anyone ever tried cutting through a 6” round blank of Sapele with a HAND SAW!!??

I only managed, due to a lathe breakdown in the week, to finish the project about 45 mins before our friend came to collect it, hence having to take the photo’s BEFORE giving it a final buffing and removing any tiny flakes of wax. But against all odds….I MADE IT…..PHEWWW!!

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-08-2014 12:40 AM

Nice lidded bowl. I know what you mean about losing the least amount of wood. When I do that, I turn the piece with a spigot on each end and then part them with a fine parting tool and finish on the band saw. You are going to lose the match when you turn the little ridge that fits into the bottom but you do the best you can!!.

Nice work!..............Jim

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

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#2 posted 07-08-2014 01:20 AM

Nice work again. As Jim said, a fine parting tool will help a lot. I made one out of an old sawzall blade and works well when trying to keep the grain matched.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 07-08-2014 01:41 AM

I hope to make a thin parting tool soon. I bought an old “Mitre Saw” gizmo from a junk sale that has a screwed up blade….but there IS about 8” that’s ok even though it’s very blunt. I got it for pennies, so it’s worth a try.

Thanks for the nice comments!

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 01:00 PM

Nice gift!!! I am sure your friend really liked it! I think you did great on the “keeping” of the grain.
The comments above have great thoughts on how to make a fine tool.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#5 posted 08-31-2014 12:51 AM

Thanks James! The friend who asked me to make it for him just LOVES it! It now has pride of place in his lounge. lol

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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