Two bowls got married and later got a divorce. Video of another scrap iron project and more

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Project by bushmaster posted 05-30-2016 03:45 AM 1970 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had wanted to complete a project to introduce another scrap iron project that I thought many of you would be interested to see. I had been thinking of this Idea for a few days and wanted to give it a try. The wood I used was split on the video. I wanted to make a large hollow form using two bowls glued together, and would have worked but I made a mistake as I will describe.
It all started with a pile of blocks and my Scrap iron wood splitter, that is described and demonstrated in this video

The videos shows a nice pile of blocks that where spit in half lickety split. I chose a matching set and proceded to shape a bowl for the bottom half of a large vase.

Then use the other half for a nice rounded top. Since the neck was to be small with a small hole in it I used a small faceplate and only put 3 screws in it. You can guess what happened on a heavy cut, I salvaged that by repositioning it and useing more screws.

After drying the bowls in the microwave they where relathed round and faced off to fit tightly together. I wanted to get back to work soon, so I thought epoxy would be a good choice, when I tried to clamp them had a hard time getting them to stay inline while trying to tighten the clamp, so I just put it on the floor and stood on it. Glad it was 5 minute epoxy.

Remounted it in the lathe and carefully sheer lathed it to shape.

Not much time spent on this hollow form so far, looking good so just sanding now then use the steady rest and shape the neck. Looking forward to putting the finish on.

Then I got this idea to cut a groove on the glue line and add a nice black ring or two. Like a dumbo I used the tip of the gouge to make a curved groove. As soon as the opposing grain came around, CATCH, BANG, DIVORCE.. My dreams went up in smoke in the flash of a blink of an eye..

Divorce is always a sad unfortunate thing. I haven’t given up on this idea yet despite of this divorce, I learned a few things though, use end grain blocks and wood glue, I think it would hold better as it soaks in more.

The follow ing video shows how I cut the blocks using a 1953 tractor to lift the logs and finishing up with a few minutes of spliting and lathing the bowls for fun.

or both videos together

Hope you enjoyed my sad story and videos of another one of my scrap iron inventions.

Comments appreciated. Cheers Brian

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 05-30-2016 04:15 AM

Love seeing you use your new lathe.
How dry do you think it is after you nuked it, and how long did you nuke it.
Not planing to do this right away but it’s very interesting for sure.

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#2 posted 05-30-2016 04:47 AM

Several sessions at a warm temperature in an old microwave that has adjustable power levels, let dry over night and it was well out of round.Not perfect but thought it would work.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 05-30-2016 05:57 AM

Good idea, nice try, too bad it wasn’t succsess.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 05-30-2016 09:52 AM

Good attempt shame that it split. I like the log splitter and lathe great couple of builds

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#5 posted 05-30-2016 10:47 AM

Oops! I guess they did split!!!!!!!!!


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#6 posted 05-30-2016 10:55 AM

What, Brian? No scrap iron press for clamping large things? I’d suggest that, or a cinder block, when you use wood glue, inasmuch as I really don’t see you maintaining that pose for an hour or so.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 05-30-2016 12:32 PM

And I’m guessing you have a scrap iron sawmill as well?

Geeze, is there anything you CANT build??

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#8 posted 05-30-2016 04:29 PM

I bet it will still be very neat when you decide that you are “finished” with it.

I really like the open air look of your shop! I am pleased that the old A-C is still getting to do a little work too!

As you will see in August; my shop is a lot more crowed!

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#9 posted 05-31-2016 01:07 PM

I suppose they are incompatible…

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