Simple Bowl

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Project by Ben posted 10-13-2009 05:53 AM 1245 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my first projects on my lathe.

I glued up some walnut and red oak to make my blank. The walnut had some sapwood mixed in and the sapwood made the bottom of the lid look kind of unique.

My dad was over at my house one day and helped me quite a bit. He used to love using the lathe in his high school shop class. It was really satisfying to make and I will always cherish the memory of him helping me.

I finished it with a high gloss polyurethane.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 06:19 AM

cool bowl Ben

-- Custom furniture

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Lisa Chan

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 07:59 AM

That’s neat. My father is also helping me get started with wood turning.. cool memories.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 01:46 PM

Nice job! Some great colors in the lid.

-- Scott, South Carolina

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#4 posted 10-13-2009 02:28 PM

Way to go Ben, Nice bowl and all I can say is, you can never spend too much time with your father. Surprise your Dad and make him something when he’s not there. That’s priceless!

-- John @

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#5 posted 10-13-2009 05:47 PM

Beautiful bowl Ben. Not many new turners are already into laminated turning. Well done. Keep up the good work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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matt garcia

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 01:47 AM

Now that will be a great memory!!! Nice bowl!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 10-14-2009 05:24 AM

Thanks to all of you for the encouragement.

This site motivates me to keep going when my glue up goes wrong , I rabbet the wrong edge of a board or dado two opposing boards and realize that I didn’t flip the board so the dadoes would line up with the shelf.

I have discovered that the lathe can be addictive and borderline hypnotic. It’s very easy to lose track of time when turning.

As soon as I learn to sharpen my tools I hope to start turning something else.

The woods around here are covered up with old hardwood trees (stump and all) that blew over during Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita. I hate to see trees die (and not be used) and would love to get something useful from them rather than let them rot on the forest floor. I hope to to find a highly figured stump for my next turning.

Thanks again for the nice comments.

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#8 posted 10-14-2009 05:26 AM

this is super great…and the story with your dad makes it even better…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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