First Bowl

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Project by NirvanaFan posted 05-31-2016 05:20 PM 471 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finishing the spindle for my grandmother’s chair, I tried my hand at making a bowl. It’s my first one, and it turned out alright, I guess. I found out why you need to finish the bowl in one sitting. It warped a little overnight, and it wasn’t totally circular the next day. This caused my sanding to not hit a couple spots. Lesson learned. Go back and rough it out if you let it sit for any amount of time.

The wood was a hormigo negro blank I bought from Woodcraft and it has a beeswax finish. I finally have a use (besides candles) for the beeswax from my bee colonies. My parents had their land logged last spring and they left the tops of the trees. They took down a bunch of oaks and maples, but I’m really interested in the top of the 3’ diameter walnut. I should have plenty of wood to practice with.

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 06:23 PM

Nice looking bowl, and a good idea to practicing on that walnut, be careful about leaving the pith in a finished bowl though as crack normally form from there.

-- Andy Smith

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 06:39 PM

Thanks for the heads up on the cracking from the pith. I’ll definitely keep that in mind.

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 07:59 PM

Looks just right for peanut M&Ms

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#4 posted 06-01-2016 08:33 AM

Nice first bowl.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#5 posted 06-01-2016 01:40 PM

Much better than my first which now holds random screws.

-- Don, -

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#6 posted 06-01-2016 03:31 PM

As a recent “first bowl” guy I can tell you that it most likely will not be your last. I think my last one was #14 and my wife is getting angrier and angrier I don’t work on her projects any more.

Keep up the good work. And the pith thing is right on.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#7 posted 06-01-2016 03:50 PM

You did a great job on the first bowl for sure and you should feel proud.

I have a lot of turning DVDs if you wish to borrow some send me a PM

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#8 posted 06-01-2016 04:42 PM

This turned out nicely. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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