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Project by Tony posted 12-30-2008 03:58 PM 1291 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first successful attempt at turning a square bowl, without bashing my knuckles.

The measurements are 13” square (18 1/2” diagonal) and 2” deep The wood is mahogany and sanded to 800g, the finish is shellac and wax,

The difficult part was I only have a 15” swing on my lathe. The marks on the underside of the bowl were not visible until I started the finishing process and are not as pronounced as they are in the photograph.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)





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SPalm

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#1 posted 12-30-2008 04:20 PM

Sweet. That’s a large one.
I have always wanted to try this. I am inspired. You did a very nice job.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Karson

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#2 posted 12-30-2008 04:32 PM

Tony A fantastic looking Bowl. You should be very proud of making it. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Jimthecarver

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#3 posted 12-30-2008 04:39 PM

I agree, that is a great looking bowl.
Very nice job.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#4 posted 12-30-2008 04:46 PM

Looks like it was a challenge but you won the battle …Great design and the wood is beautiful : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Peter Oxley

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#5 posted 12-30-2008 05:31 PM

Wow, that is really neat! I might have to try that one of these days – although bashing my knuckles at the lathe seems to be a common occurance for me. The wood is beautiful and the square shape is really eye-catching!

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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lew

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#6 posted 12-30-2008 05:57 PM

Beautiful Bowl, Tony!

I can figure out how you sanded the top flat portion of the bowl but how did you get up tight against the ring on the underside of the bowl?

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Tony

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#7 posted 12-30-2008 06:20 PM

Lew

I used the Sand Master system by Robert-Sorby to sand nearly all the bowl, including the corners.

With the Sand Master, getting into the ring was not a problem, the disk fitted snugly against ring.

The underside of the bowl was sanded to 600g, stained, sealed (shellac) and sanded out to 800g before I chucked it in to the base and started to turn the base.

The polishing was undertaken using the Beall system , which was a little nerve racking as the bowl was so close to the bed and chuck of the lathe, due to the dimensions of the bowl.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 12-30-2008 07:32 PM

I’ve never tried even a small one of these. Tony, You are an inspiration to us. It’s sure fun to try new stuff.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 12-30-2008 08:12 PM

very nice…I really like the wood Tony!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 12-30-2008 08:38 PM

Nice job. I always have trouble putting the time into the finish I should.
I have been looking for something to do with some choice pieces of wood I have been saving. So I may borrow you idea.

I will post a new challenge for you shorty. It is a square with turned down legs in the corners and the bowl extends above the base to create the illusion of a round bowl in a square holder.

-- Les B, Oregon

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rikkor

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#11 posted 12-30-2008 11:22 PM

What a great bowl. I tried this once and it was a disaster.

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jockmike2

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#12 posted 12-31-2008 03:39 AM

Really pretty Tony. It looks like you put a lot of work into it. Looks difficult to make.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 12-31-2008 05:34 AM

Beautiful wood and a nice turning. Thanks for sharing, Tony.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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GaryK

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#14 posted 12-31-2008 08:48 AM

That’s very cool, Tony!

Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 12-31-2008 01:42 PM

I like it Tony.
I can appreciate the problems with maxing out the swing on your lathe.
A piece like that gives you problems with setting the rest as well I should think.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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