square turned purple heart bowl

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Project by rilanda posted 06-01-2015 04:42 PM 1233 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl was made from a piece of Purpleheart 8” x 8” x 3” and turned leaving the square corners on the bowl. first picture is the piece of timber it started from, 2nd picture is the underside turned and spigot formed for reverse chucking, 3rd picture is a plan view of the finished bowl, 4th picture is off the signed underside of the finished bowl, 5th picture is of the finished bowl, and the last one is an elevation showing the section of the bowl. This bowl will change in colour to a bright purple in a fairly short space of time; it has been finished with 2 coats cellulose sander sealer and 2 coats melamine lacquer.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 06-01-2015 04:58 PM

Nice looking bowl.

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#2 posted 06-01-2015 06:49 PM

Cool! Must be scary to work at the lathe with those square corners zipping by!

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#3 posted 06-01-2015 06:53 PM

Really amazing work…I bet it was not easy to turn as the pupleheart is pretty tough and dulls tools.

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#4 posted 06-01-2015 07:55 PM

Yes Redoak49 it does have a serious dulling effect on tools, I use a HSS 1/2” deep fluted bowl gouge for finishing cuts but I have two self made TCT tools that I use for roughing out
Ocelot, yes it is very scary and you need to be extremely confident in what you do, remember you have at some time got to put your hands in there with some abrasive paper in you fingers. In the past I have had rapped knuckles and some heavy bruises when I have got it wrong, but they are painful lessons to learn and I am a quick learner so touch wood I can make a bowl like this without any more painful reminders when you have got it wrong. On a more serious note it is very possible to lose fingers or worse doing things like this so I would not recommend it for a novice to try.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#5 posted 06-01-2015 09:10 PM

hi very nice design i like it great finish

might try one of those


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#6 posted 06-02-2015 09:17 AM

Very nice work

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#7 posted 06-02-2015 10:16 AM

Beautiful bowl Bill. I really like that last profile picture !

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#8 posted 06-02-2015 08:59 PM

Beautiful bowl and a wonderful finish.

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