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Project by Lazyman posted 05-21-2016 02:11 AM 576 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Learning to turn bowls. This one was pruned from a neighbor’s tree and turned green (last picture). I then let it dry in a bag of shavings for 2 weeks. I got impatient and decided to try the microwave method to speed up the drying process. Drying in the microwave took some time but seems to have worked well. One thing that I am learning about turning is that the final shape is often driven by the mistakes you make and fix along the way. You turn errors into details.

Finished by sanding to 600 grit and then applied Hut Crystal Coat friction finish. Live oak is hard as a rock but it finishes nicely. Even before applying the friction finish, it polished to a very nice sheen just from the sand paper. This was done on an Excelsior mini lathe from Rockler. The blank was almost 8” in diameter so it is about as big of a bowl as I can turn on this lathe and still have room to move the tool rest around. Final diameter is just over 6”.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.





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Matt Hegedus

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#1 posted 05-21-2016 03:04 AM

Nice bowl Lazyman! How many coats of finish did you apply?

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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Lazyman

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#2 posted 05-21-2016 03:28 AM



Nice bowl Lazyman! How many coats of finish did you apply?

- Matt Hegedus

I think it was about 3 or 4 coats but frankly, it pretty much looked the same after the first coat. This was my first time to use a friction finish and I wasn’t sure how many it needed. The live oak had such a nice polish just from the sanding, I thought about using just a wipe on poly instead. .

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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gator9t9

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#3 posted 05-21-2016 05:53 PM

Beautiful…..

So where did you find the 600 grit sandpaper?

Thanks for sharing

Mike

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#4 posted 05-21-2016 06:21 PM

Nice bowl,
I have turned some live oak and it is really dense but turns nicely. On the pieces I had the wood “moved” quite a bit during the drying process but was stable after drying.
Friction polishes produce a nice finish but I’m concerned about the durability in use. I prefer one of the hard salad bowl finishes from General or Behlen’s. Wipe on 3 to 4 coats.
One friend I gave a bowl to used it for salads several times a week for several years before it finally wore through the finish. She came to me too late to repair it as the salad oil had penetrated the wood by then so I made her a new one.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Andy

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#5 posted 05-21-2016 10:08 PM

Very nice bowl. I agree 100% about mistakes. Often mistakes lead to very nice unintentional designs.

-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/xrayhardwoods

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Lazyman

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#6 posted 05-22-2016 01:25 PM


Beautiful…..

So where did you find the 600 grit sandpaper?

Thanks for sharing

Mike

- gator9t9

I have had the 600 grit wet/dry for so long that I don’t know exactly where I got it but most likely Home Depot. I did happen to notice that my local Woodcraft has it in stock.


Nice bowl,
I have turned some live oak and it is really dense but turns nicely. On the pieces I had the wood “moved” quite a bit during the drying process but was stable after drying.
Friction polishes produce a nice finish but I m concerned about the durability in use. I prefer one of the hard salad bowl finishes from General or Behlen s. Wipe on 3 to 4 coats.
One friend I gave a bowl to used it for salads several times a week for several years before it finally wore through the finish. She came to me too late to repair it as the salad oil had penetrated the wood by then so I made her a new one.

- LesB

This one warped quite a bit within the first week of drying. The rim warped at least 1/4” in height and about the same in diameter. I got a tiny bit of cracking near the pith during the microwave drying process but it didn’t go all the way through so disappeared with the final turning. I also had to re-true the tenon I used to hold the piece in my chuck.

Thanks for the warning on the friction polish. I don’t expect this one to be used for food or other high wear situations. It will probably mostly be a display piece. If it is used for food, it would most likely be something like pistachios for example.

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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RichCMD

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#7 posted 05-22-2016 03:30 PM

Good looking bowl.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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