|Project by Lazyman||posted 05-21-2016 02:11 AM||610 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
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.