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Bowl from reclaimed fence boards

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Project by leonmcd posted 1717 days ago 2563 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pretty simple project. Take some old cedar fence boards. Run them through the planer to clean them up. Find a board with a knot or other defect for the outside face. Glue a few boards together. Turn them on the lathe.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "





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scrappy

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#1 posted 1717 days ago

Nice turning. Great use of reclaimed wood. This looks more like a single board with heavy grain then a multiple glue up.

Great job. Keep it up.

Scrappy

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

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#2 posted 1717 days ago

Nice way to use up some fire wood ….....

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 1717 days ago

I like it …I agree that is looks like a single board/block

-- Ray,Iowa

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#4 posted 1717 days ago

Nice work Leon good use of used wood

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1717 days ago

A very innovative project from junk wood.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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dbhost

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#6 posted 1717 days ago

I was trying to figure out how / where you glued it up until I saw the side view..

How did you chuck that without denting the cedar?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Andrew

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#7 posted 1717 days ago

I like your bowl, for the fence we took down, I was able to save enough cedar to put together a bench for out garden.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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Andrew

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#8 posted 1717 days ago

I like your bowl, for the fence we took down, I was able to save enough cedar to put together a bench for out garden.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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leonmcd

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#9 posted 1717 days ago

dbhost, to chuck it I glued a pine board to the bottom then screwed on my faceplate. After turning I used a band saw to cut off the pine block then sanded it smooth.

The only tricky part is to make sure it is perfectly centered on the lathe. Since it remains square you don’t get to true it up.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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leonmcd

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#10 posted 1717 days ago

Andrew, I also used some fence boards for a garden bench a while back.

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-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#11 posted 1717 days ago

Great to see a good idea and a good use of reclaimed wood…great job.

I’ve got a bunch of old cedarwood fencing left from some repairs and replacements….most of it it too old and wormy to be used for much…but I can’t get myself to get rid of it…Its the old adage about when is a piece of wood too small or too cracked/dilapidated to be used…I have used a bit of it for sacrificial pieces on jigs and such….

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

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leonmcd

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#12 posted 1717 days ago

reggiek, the older/crustier the better for me. I’ve found that there is usually some solid wood if you plane deep enough. The more corroded the surface the more interesting the wood you find inside. By the time you plane off all the crust it may not be very thick but if you glue it up, who cares.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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Napaman

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#13 posted 1716 days ago

great bowl…I built two huge 8 foot long planters out of recycled-greyed redwood fence boards and underneath the grey was a very nice dark red color…I knew though of this idea…great…

Matt

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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scottb

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#14 posted 1713 days ago

cool looking bowl. I like seeing non-round shapes come off the lathe, and I like seeing non-woodworkers wonder how we did them. I imagine centering could be tricky, but I think they’d look pretty cool if they were somewhat offcenter. – not just barely offcenter, but more-so. Barely would look like a mistake, even the untrained eye would pick up on it subconsciously…

anyhow, nice bowl! I suppose a few of these wouldn’t nest very well in the cabinet ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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FenceWorkshop

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#15 posted 1710 days ago

Way cool. I own a fence company and we build hundreds of privacy fences in the South East. Why we build a cedar fence, especially a scalloped one, we end up with hundreds of picket tops, from 6” to 2’ long. We just kept piling them up and over the course of one year, we had 4 dump truck loads of these cedar (and pt pine) dog eared picket tops. Materials to make thousands of bowls! I am going to try it.

-- Brent - http://www.fenceworkshop.com http://fenceworkshop.com/atlanta-ga/ http://fenceworkshop.com/raleigh-nc/ http://fenceworkshop.com/wood-privacy-fencing/

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