Cherry Bowl

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Project by woodbutcher posted 06-29-2009 08:30 PM 1767 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a bowl turning. The Cherry was provided by my son, who had cut it about 15 months ago and then sealed the ends. Brian turned his first ever bowl also out of this same log blank, so we actually have side by side bowls for our first turnings each! His is round and mine is Oooooooooval he wound up with approx. 9 7/8” x 3 1/2” and mine is approx. 10 1/2”x8 1/2”x3 1/2”. We figure that for the Cherry to completely dry out we’ll need to wait another 8 to 10 years for this to occur! Lots of fun though, we’d never turned any green wood before.

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#1 posted 06-29-2009 08:32 PM

The natural edged bowl remined me of an old minister with the tuff of hair around a bald head.

Some great looking bowls.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 06-29-2009 09:35 PM

As you probably suspected, I have a preference for square bowls myself, Ken. Nonetheless, this is a beautiful first attempt at bowl turning.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-29-2009 09:41 PM

Great job, especially for 1st time around. Glad to see your back with new projects.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 06-29-2009 10:26 PM

Excellent first run through….I really enjoy getting a nice blank from someones clearing or trimming….otherwise I have to do a lot of laminating to get some decent blanks…great use of that wood! Green woods are hard on your scrappers and such….keep your sharpeners around when you do that….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 06-29-2009 10:38 PM

Nice job, Ken. I have most of what I need, except time, to try some bowl turning, one of these days. Yours turned out great. Hope I have the same results. Thanks for the post.

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#6 posted 06-29-2009 11:18 PM

Very well done. Congratulations on your first one. Watch out. Turning is very addictive. Tim

-- Tim, Colorado Springs

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#7 posted 06-29-2009 11:27 PM

Great first greenwood bowls for both of you. Your son may find his will gradually dry and become a little more oval. One of my favorites was a redbud bowl that did just that. The good luck comes when the curing doesn’t produce any cracks. Keep Turning.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#8 posted 06-30-2009 01:55 AM

Nice job on your first bowl. If you leave a tenon on it, put the bowl in a paper sack and leave it in a cabinet for a couple of weeks you can come back and do a second turning. Green wood is also less likely to split, check or crack if you turn the sides and bottom to the same thickness. Cherry is one of my favorite woods to turn as the wood color will continue to darken with age. Keep up the great work.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#9 posted 06-30-2009 01:59 AM

Very nice first bowl. Soon I hope to be able to turn also. ( might be getting a lathe)

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 06-30-2009 03:16 AM

Karson, Ty I have even less hair now after that oval turning. Not that I had much to begin with-LOL CharlieM1958, I statred that bowl off with your square corners, but it was my first attempt turning some thing with wings and my chisels just knocked those square edges right off, maybe next time! savannah505, TY sir! reggiek, TY sir, yep they worked on the chisels edges for sure! tenontim, ty, I took the time because my son had cut and kept the Cherry for us to try on the lathe, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have had time either! Tbo, ty you’re right about addiction and turning, I was about ready to turn another one after this OOOOval, but I spent three hours cleaning up! taidsturning, TY, my son has already reported that he has a crown occurring in the bottom of his and about an 1/8” oval taking place!. jeffthewoodwacker, thanks for the advice. I couldn’t find the nerve you have when I screwed that hunk of wood onto the screw chuck and turn the piece at high speed. I didn’t even sand at high speed-LOL. That hunk of wood had my little lathe dancing all over the shop. Trying to catch it and cut Air and wood was a real experience! scrappy, TY, be sure you get all the lathe you can, when you get one. I do appreciate all of you taking the time to look at mine and Brians’ first bowls. Coming from you guys it means alot.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#11 posted 06-30-2009 03:19 AM

cool bowl well done

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