Segmented Bowl

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Project by OSU55 posted 11-13-2015 04:25 AM 510 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Simple segmented bowl. My sister wanted a large one for fruit. It measures 13-3/4” OD x 5” tall. The bowl making process is detailed here. Anyone wondering about the advantages of power sanding on a lathe, you should do it. Much faster and much easier to not have grit lines. Tighter detail curves may require some hand work. I’ve been using a Neiko® 10529A Close Quarter Drill I got on Amazon for ~$40 for a ½ dozen projects and it has been more than up to the task. I use pads and discs from VincesWoodNWonders.
Top and middle layers cherry, all the others ash. I like grain contrast. I wanted dark negative grain with a much lighter base coloring. Finish Schedule:
1. Power sanded with 120, 180, 220, 320
2. wood conditioned with glue size (Elmer’s Glue All 5-1 with H20)
3. lightly power sanded with 320, Target Coatings stain base 50-50 with H20, Transtint Dark Walnut dye for color, dry wall joint compound mixed with dye to lodge into the grain to provide more color.
4. Power sanded with 320 to remove the dark dye
5. Same stain base with a few drops of Transtint medium brown to provide just a bit of color
6. Sprayed with flake shellac to build a base coat (off the lathe. My lathe won’t go slow enough, it flings the finish out from center. The chuck stays mounted, covered by masking tape)
7. French polished with shellac on the lathe (much faster with a base coat laid down). The pics don’t do justice to the grain pop from the stain base and shellac.
8. Buffed with a white scotchbrite pad mounted on the drill using wax on the. Desired sheen level can be achieved by choice of pad grit.
9. Sealed the bottom of the bowl well with shellac (area covered by the chuck)

To the un-initiated, the finish schedule may sound complicated, but is pretty simple to actually do. Just takes some practice.

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 10:35 AM

Excellent looking bowl.

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 01:27 PM

Very nice ! At first I thought the bottom layer was plywood.

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 07:10 PM

hi i like your bowl nice work

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