First Turned Bowl

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Project by RedBeard posted 1943 days ago 1077 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at turning a bowl. Its poplar, and was meant to be throw-away project, but with a little TLC in Finishing class, I think it has turned out nice. I used a combination of water based dyes, then amber shellac, several coats of lacquer, rubbing compound, polish, and paste wax. It was a fun experiment and taught me a lot about finishing.

-- Measure once, cut twice

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#1 posted 1943 days ago

Nice job, your finishing sounds like a lot of work but it really pays off.
Very nice RedBeard

-- Vince

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#2 posted 1943 days ago

Wow! Nice job; and a your first attempt. I wish my first attempt at practically any of my woodworking projects was half as nice. Way to go.


-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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#3 posted 1943 days ago

A beautiful soft grain and finish! Very nice!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 1943 days ago

Great looking bowl and finish!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#5 posted 1943 days ago

Very nice, watch out turning is more addictive than drinking!

-- Dale

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#6 posted 1943 days ago

The sheen on the inside of this bowl is amazing! What a start!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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