Spalted Pecan Bowl

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Project by Llarian posted 12-28-2009 06:14 AM 2374 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first shot at turning something with an enclosed rim. I like this form a lot better, although it seems a good deal more difficult to turn. More practice I suppose.

The blank was gorgeous. Half of it was heavily spalted, half still pecan’s natural creamy orange. I’m still trying to figure out how to avoid cracks during the drying process. I don’t think the cracking on the non-spalted side detracts from the piece at all, but I’d really like to figure out how to avoid it happening.

The finish is a gloss Arm-R-Seal. I can’t decide if I like the gloss or semi-gloss better. The gloss is a nice sheen, but it does give it a somewhat plastic feel.

I definitely need some sort of power sanding system (or maybe something like Sorby’s sandmaster thingy). The lathe and hand sanding process is arduous.

The bowl is ~8.25” in diameter and 2.5” tall.

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker.

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 06:18 AM

nice work

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#2 posted 12-28-2009 06:30 AM

Beautifull. I love spalted woods. you might want to try these sanding balls from Harbor Freight:
I’ve found them to do a great job on curved and odd shaped pieces.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#3 posted 12-28-2009 06:53 AM

nice job.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#4 posted 12-28-2009 07:53 AM

Very nice bowl. Great shape. Love the grain and spalt.

The main thing I know about cracking is to keep your sides and bottom the same thickness, and to make sure it drys slow. Most people rough turn oversize and repack the bowl with its shaveings in a paper bag to let dry thouroly. Then finish turn after dry. Hope this helps.

Keep it up.


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

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#5 posted 12-28-2009 04:33 PM

Very nice bowl out of nice looking wood.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 12-28-2009 09:57 PM

Great bowl from a very nice piece of wood.

Sometime you might want to try soaking the blank after rough turning in pretty much full strength Dishwashing detergent. I have tried this with mixed success and the cracking problem is probably one reason that I do segmented bowls from boards now instead of solid wood turnings.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 12:40 AM

Great bowl, nicely turned and finished. Love the spalted look of the wood.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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