Natural Edge Walnut Bowl

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Project by rockmolsen posted 02-01-2015 08:33 PM 1022 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friends wife had asked me to make her an unusual bowl. I rescued some pieces of walnut from a firewood pile back in October. The wood had sat for a while but I did manage to get a few bowl blanks. I rough turned one blank the same day, it had a moister content around 28%. I left it about 1” thick and stuffed it in a brown bag with the shavings and have been checking it. When I checked it the other day it was at 7% so back on the lathe it went.

As i was removing the tendon and cleaning up the bottom using a jam chuck the small remainder of the tenon broke and caused a few dings that I was able to sand most of out. What I realized is I had too much pressure from the tail stock. (Makes me realize I really need to start assembling my vacuum chuck.) My friends wife didn’t seem to mind. Sanded to 600 and used a mineral/oil beeswax finish. Its 8” in diameter by about 5” high.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 01:42 AM

Great Bowl.
It’s lots of fun leaving the bark on, and then keeping it on.
Thanks for showing such a beautiful piece of wood.
I dropped the last one I did and broke some of the bark off, but was able to rescue it so all was good in the end.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 02:07 AM

Thanks Bob,

I read somewhere that walnut has the best natural bond between the bark and sap wood. Nothing like a little CA glue to help re-enforce!

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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