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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 01-04-2015 07:59 PM 1212 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I pulled this blank out of a group I purchased several years ago. I couldn’t even tell for sure what it was until I got started turning it.

I have not done much lathe work lately, so I took the opportunity to use a few different tools just for practice. I have square and round carbide cutters that will pretty much take a whole project from start to finish, but I also got in some work with my conventional rougher and bowl gouge (which scares the heck out of me for some reason). I didn’t have any disastrous catches, so I guess it was a good day. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"





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elewis

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#1 posted 01-04-2015 08:15 PM

Beautiful wood! Great job!

-- Eddie F, Louisiana

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#2 posted 01-04-2015 08:22 PM

Fun. I wish I could bring the mini indoors. Since it has always have the purpose of confounding things with J.R. Beale inventions for you to try: Treen Mandrels

Did you use the buffs on this one?

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

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#3 posted 01-04-2015 08:43 PM

Nice one Charlie. Looks like a neat piece of wood too.

I agree with the bowl gouge – I just have an irrational fear of it. And the carbide cutters just make life so easy – hard to find a reason to use others.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-04-2015 08:46 PM

I sure did, Doug. Wiped it down with Danish oil yesterday, and used the wax wheel on it today. I need to order some replacement wheels, though, for coarse and medium. I messed around and used them on metal, and now they are coated with black stuff that digs into wood pores with a vengeance!

By the way… you sure are good at spending my money. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-04-2015 09:03 PM

That’s really purty, Charlie. Love spalted wood.
Bowl gouges don’t scare me. I can watch someone use one all day.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 01-04-2015 09:11 PM

Very nice :) Love the wood!

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 01-04-2015 09:16 PM

By the way, Doug, talking to you about it must have shaken loose a few stuck neurons. I pulled up Beall’s instructions and saw that they recommend cleaning the wheels with coarse sandpaper. I ran out to the shop and gave it a try, and, sure enough, it worked like a charm. I was able to run the bowl through all three wheels, and greatly improved the sheen level in a matter of minutes.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 01-04-2015 09:24 PM

Great looking piece of wood.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#9 posted 01-04-2015 10:10 PM

Good looking bowl Charlie. You are right about the lathe, it’s a tool that demands that you keep your skills honed in :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#10 posted 01-04-2015 10:21 PM

Nice work Charlie!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 01-04-2015 10:46 PM

Thanks, guys!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 01-05-2015 12:36 AM

Nice turning, spalted maple is a favorite.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 01-05-2015 12:54 AM

Very pretty bowl! That QS grain in several pics is just fancy. Wonder why no one ever talks about QS Maple?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 01-05-2015 01:58 AM

Maple is overlooked in general, Andy, as far as I’m concerned. It polishes up as well as anything.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 01-05-2015 02:05 AM

I’m just curious why QS Maple isn’t more in demand. It is a LOT prettier than flatsawn. To each his own I suppose.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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