I turned a Real Bowl.......and others

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Project by scrappy posted 09-29-2009 07:29 AM 1805 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I actually turned a Cereal bowl for my wife! All of my previouse turnings have been boxes, cups and fancy bowls. This is the first regular bowl I have tried. Got ahold of some Mesquite this weekend. Landscapers were cutting down a tree and they even helped load my truck. 7 pieces about 10 inch around and 2 foot long. Turned this green down to 3/4 inch thick. Put in microwave until dried then finish turned. Came out nice without and cracks or checks. It is 7 inch x 3 inch x 1/4 wall. Have not finished it yet. Has one coat of miniral oil for now. Need to sand to 400 grit and reaply for several more coats with sanding between.

Second is another small turned box from Maple. Lid is Bloodwood with a Box Elder finial. 4 inch. diam. X 1 3/4 tall with a 2 inch finial. Wife liked this one better then the first one, so I sold the first one and she gets this for her rings and ear rings at night.

Third is a small trumpet style bowl. 4 inch diam. X 3 inch tall. Maple. This blank had a nasty crack running most of the way thru on an angle. So I picked this design to accomidate the turning away of bad wood.

I know most of my stuff is small. But this is all theraputic work for my. When I start to get a little stressed, I just go out to the shop and knock something out. Allways try to have something glued to a backer board so I can just throw it on the lathe and play. Very relaxing and enjoyable.

Thank You all for looking. Please leave all comments and suggestions as I allways look forward to them.


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

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#1 posted 09-29-2009 08:24 AM

This is one good looking bowl!!!!!!!!!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 09-29-2009 10:41 AM

All really nice turns Scrappy. I loved that mesquite. I read somewhere that it is a very stable wood too. My favorite design wise was the upside down hat (or trumpet if you will). The art piece was good too. I don’t think the size is important for the LJers’ because you can’t tell the size without a reference. It’s all about the shape anyway, no matter what the size. I like that you are turning lots of different designs.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-29-2009 11:28 AM

Really very beautiful bowl. Even if you say it is a marble bowl, I have no doubt about it.
Great turning works!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 09-29-2009 11:37 AM

One real nice bowl and the other turnings are great too.. I agree the shop is therapy for me too..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 09-29-2009 02:30 PM

Nice turning! Therapy is a good word for it; I get into a “zone” when turning, it’s very relaxing.

-- John - Central PA -

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#6 posted 09-29-2009 03:38 PM

Great looking grain and color and just the right size for a bowl, perfect!

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

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#7 posted 09-29-2009 03:59 PM

very nice stuff scrappy, hope the info i sent you is helping. isn’t turning green wood so much fun.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#8 posted 09-29-2009 04:50 PM

Nice cereal bowl buddy!
The rest is really cool looking too.
I want to make a whole set when I get my lathe.

The guys from Public Works by me just cut a bunch of trees down and it got snapped up by turners right away.

Shop time is the best time, even if it is just cleaning up or hanging out.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#9 posted 09-29-2009 04:50 PM

Beautiful forms Scrappy. Nice finial on that one bowl and the form is nice on the bowl they really complement each other. Nice work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 09-29-2009 06:30 PM

Nice turnings you are rigth is very relaxing

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#11 posted 09-30-2009 12:40 AM

Nice turnings Scrappy. Turning is very theraputic for me too. Size is not important. Some of the finest turnings I have seen have been small. I would wager your wife loves her new cereal bowl.

Mesquite is one of my favorite to turn, green or dry. It is very stable.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#12 posted 09-30-2009 05:29 AM

Those are some nice looking pieces Scrappy.

I am sure your wife loves the bowl you made for her.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#13 posted 09-30-2009 08:47 AM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone!

Stefang, Thank You, I do like to let my imagination run wild when I am trying to come up with a design. Must of the time I just turn and see what comes out. haha

Roper, Thank You, Lots of good info on that site for turners. Am still exploring it.

Woodwrecker, Thank You, Can’t wait for you to get your lathe. By time you get it, you will be soo jazzed up you won’t know what to do first. haha

Thanks again everyone. I do have to add that even though my stuff is small, I wouldn’t call it easier to do. Getting inside these little buggers is a pain! haha Still, all in all, it is very relaxing to turn. Also I can cheat a little on the finials. I have a Dremel model 700 Micro mini lathe.( 1 1/2×6 capacity) It is VERY handy for those tiny jobs.


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

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#14 posted 10-01-2009 02:01 PM

Some nice looking stuff there Scrappy. You must be under a lot of stress, every time I look, you are posting another turning….. LOL !

Keep the chips flying. Your work gets better with each post.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#15 posted 10-10-2009 05:40 PM

Very nice samples of your work. I like your signature branding as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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