Lidded Box

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 08-28-2015 05:42 AM 916 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I rough-turned this Black Walnut bowl blank back in April, to pretty much this shape. That is to say, I rough-turned the outside without cutting off the lid or hogging it out. This was because it was quite active on the lathe. So, I put in a box, to bathe in its own filth. I got it out a couple days ago and mounted it. It was at this point that I was glad I hadn’t cut the lid off and hogged it out – there’s no way I could have salvaged it.
So, there it was, a couple days ago, on the lathe, doing the jitterbug. And there I was, trying to make it round again, hoping it would stay round. It did. So I proceeded. I turned the body rather thin (@1/8” at the lip), and it moved a little. But the lid fits, so it’s okay.
The finish: I’ve done this to a couple smaller things lately. But it’s new to me still. Wipe-On Poly. I first brought up the figure by soaking it with BLO. You can probably tell in the last photo that I was more generous with the BLO on the body than on the lid. (I’ll do better next time.) Then, five or six coats of the WOP in rather quick succession (1-1/2 hours, total).
Now, I wait to see whether my beautiful finish peels off, due to my hastiness.
I have another Black Walnut Lidded Bowl that I made about a year ago. It’s finished in nothing but bees wax. I think I’ll post it next, for comparison.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 08-28-2015 06:04 AM

Nicely turned. This dark colour looks awesome.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 08-28-2015 06:14 AM

Thank you, Ivan. Walnut’s a difficult wood to bring the figure out of without making it too dark. BLO seems to do the trick. Oddly, I’ve found that Walnut Oil turns it almost black.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 08-28-2015 07:18 AM

Nice job under difficulty Mark & a good shine.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 08-28-2015 07:39 AM


It really looks nice. Is that a chip or intentional?

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 08-28-2015 09:46 AM

If by chip you mean that in the knob: It’s a crack that I filled and the filler came out while I was polishing it.
If you mean in the edge of the lid: It was that wee bit o’ bark that I tried to keep intact, but, again, my polishing rag got under it.
Thanks, Tony.

-- Mark

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 08-28-2015 10:32 AM

The color is amazing. It looks beautiful.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 08-28-2015 10:46 AM

Looking good Mark. Ya gotta love that black walnut.

-- 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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#8 posted 08-28-2015 01:29 PM

Love the grain in this one!

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

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#9 posted 08-28-2015 01:29 PM

Very nice. Great finishing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 08-28-2015 04:14 PM

Nice design and finish, Mark. That sure is pretty wood!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 08-28-2015 06:35 PM

Beautiful! Love Walnut, particularly love Black Walnut, love it so much that I don’t mind when my white dog’s feet get stained black by the walnut husks the squirrels leave all over my yard. Love any woodworking project that uses Walnut. By the way – those little “chips”, or “cracks” are actually “artistic expressions of the naturally occurring imperfections of the mundane reality” (now memorize that and raise the price by $50 for those heathens who have to ask “is that a crack?” because they do not appreciate your fine craftsmanship).

Great job, thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

-- Leafherder

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#12 posted 08-28-2015 07:19 PM

I keep looking at this and thinking “Now WHY does this look sorta familiar to me?”
Then I remembered THIS little bowl I turned back in January. It was from a piece of a 4”X6” pressure treated pine post. Lordy that thing was rough as a cobb when I got done!

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#13 posted 08-28-2015 07:28 PM

It’s very nice, Mark.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 08-28-2015 11:53 PM

Like the finish on that Black Walnut, nice lidded box Mark. Keep them coming.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Mark Wilson

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#15 posted 08-29-2015 12:03 AM

“artistic expressions of the naturally occurring imperfections of the mundane reality”
I’ve added it to my tagline collection. Thanks.
Joe Fencepost – Joe’s new nickname
Thank you all. You kids really keep me going.

-- Mark

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