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first bowl – done on shopsmith – sycamore finished with shellawax then johnsons paste wax both burnished in on the lathe

found out that if i fill it with M&Ms the flaws become much less noticeable!

-- John - Central PA -

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#1 posted 09-26-2009 01:56 AM


I like the shape of this.

If it’s like our house, you must have to refill it about 5 times a day ;^)

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

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#2 posted 09-26-2009 02:56 AM

I like the bowl and the M&M trick. I might try that trick in my potato bin I plan on building.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#3 posted 09-26-2009 02:58 AM

looks great

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 09-26-2009 05:16 AM

lol…but then the flaws will show since the m&ms cant last too long?!!

looks great to me…I have yet to turn a bowl or plate on my shopsmith…someday…

wood love to see some picts of your set up…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 09-26-2009 07:56 AM

”found out that if i fill it with M&Ms the flaws become much less noticeable!”

Why do you think my wifes Salt Celar was filled before I took the pics of the inside?

Great job on your first bowl. Love the shape and wood grain. Came out nice.

Keep it up.


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

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#6 posted 09-26-2009 11:06 AM

First bowls shouldn’t really be this nice. It makes us experienced turners look bad. I hated my first bowl, but wouldn’t you know it, my wife liked it, so we still have it after 14 or so years. I really would like to get rid of it. On the other hand you might want to hang on to yours, it’s a lot better than mine.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 09-26-2009 12:01 PM

First bowls should be kept…... then we can look back and see how far we have come. Keep the chips flying…...... and the M&M coming.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 09-26-2009 12:32 PM

Good job it inspires me to try one on my shopsmith!

-- Woodisit

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#9 posted 09-26-2009 03:32 PM

Good job. Love the grain pattern of Sycamore.

-- Bill, WV

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#10 posted 09-26-2009 05:56 PM

I agree first bowls should be kept. I didn’t have much choice with mine, nobody else would have wanted it. Yours on the other hand is a wonderful start down the addictive road of bowl turning.

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

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#11 posted 09-26-2009 11:37 PM

Great start JC. I like it even more, since it was done on the SS. Which model do you have?

-- I may not know a lot, but at least I know that I don't know.?.?. I think.

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#12 posted 09-28-2009 05:12 PM

Thank you all for your great comments and encouragement!

I had to turn the bowl to just the right angle for the picture to not show the many flaws; we have run out of M&Ms in the house, so I filled it with almonds thinking those will go slower :-)

Sef it’s a 520.

-- John - Central PA -

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#13 posted 10-12-2009 06:48 AM

Ooooo… I like it very much. The nice light color is very appealing to me.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#14 posted 10-14-2009 08:22 PM

Perhaps I will try the M&M trick to cover the flaws on my blanket chest project.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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